Blueberries are a delicious fruit made as a summer snack. The sweet and sour taste is the perfect choice. Especially if mixed with pancakes, baked or cooked like jam, this is really a snack that we look forward to.
Growing blueberries at home is the best choice, not only as a substitute for flowering plants but also getting results when they are harvested. Look for soil that is slightly acidic and has good drainage. Even if you choose to grow dwarf blueberries, you can plant them in containers. Blueberries that are red, pink sometimes also give their own charm. This can really replace flower plants such as balloon flower or azalea flower.
Blueberries are native to North America and the first hybrid variant to be planted was in New Jersey around the 20th century by Elizabeth White and Fred Coville. Here are some lists of blueberries that are suitable for plants in the home page. For those of you who like and want to grow some blueberries at home, you can try one of the variants below.
1. BLUECROP (ZONES 4-7)
This is a blueberry variant that is very well known throughout the world.
Bluecrop grows upright and widens, this plant grows at medium speed, with a height of about 5 feet to 6 feet. While widening with an area of 4-6 feet.
Bluecrop has green leaves, but some of it turns red on red stems in autumn. This red color can increase its own attraction for connoisseurs of ornamental plants, but this extraordinary fruiting plant, because it can provide double benefits. The fruit is easy blue with a hard texture and is known to have a very good taste. One more thing, it is resistant to cracks.
Bluecrop species like soils that are rich in organic matter, with good drainage and good moisture too. The Bluecrop is also famous for its resistance to diseases and pests and it is also resistant to drought or when it is large.
Bluecrop variants are known for their weak root systems, shallow roots and spread. You have to be careful with its roots, especially if you want to plant it, dig a big hole and if necessary plant other plants around it to maintain the root system.
2. BILOXI (ZONES 8-10)
Biloxi is a blueberry plant that grows in Southern Highbush. It was first developed at the University of Mississippi. This is good for environments with low cold temperatures or without the slightest cold temperature.
You can even plant it in cold areas or below freezing. This is not a problem with this variant of blueberries.
Biloxi has strong growing habits with medium size berries. You are ready to harvest it at the beginning of the season. The soil you should use is acidic soil and can be covered with mulch from pine leaves if you plant it in an area full of sunlight.
3. BLUERAY (ZONES 4-7)
These berries usually harvest in early July to midway through. This is a Northern Highbush cultivar that is exposed to good growing ability in highbush types for cross-pollination. In autumn, the green leaves turn red in autumn. The maximum height can be 5-6 feet and widen with an area of 3 to 4 feet.
The fruit gives a strong aroma of blueberries, and firm flesh. Blueray variant is a type of blueberry that has so many fruits that this condition causes farmers to prune it carefully carefully on a regular basis.
4. BRIGHTWELL (ZONES 6-9)
Furthermore, brightwell blueberries, this is the largest variant and can grow to heights reaching 8-10 feet. The fruit is also quite large. Blueberries are known as rabbiteye, meaning that the pink fruit will turn blue when entering maturity.
If you harvest from this variety, then you are lucky because the fruit is abundant and satisfying. If you are good at planting it, just one tree, then the fruit will be very much for you.
Usually many farmers look for mulch to protect the soil and the bottom of the crop. But the Brightwell type doesn’t have a problem with this. It can tolerate full sun or partial sunlight.
5. LEGACY (ZONES 5-8)
This is a Northern Highbush variety blueberry. Famous for its sweet fruit taste and large size. As stated by the New Jersey Agricultural Experiment Station of the USDA.
The leaves turn red in autumn, this plant is also famous for its resistance to disease. The height can reach 6 feet with the spread of the plant 306 feet.
This plant shows strong growth and harvests in the middle of the season so it is a good time to store the fruit. Some leaves will stay awake even though it is mild winter.
6. PINK ICING (ZONES 5-10)
Next, the Pink Icing variant. This type of blueberry grows to a height of 3-4 feet and spreads out 4-5 feet wide, the berries are ready for harvest in mid-season. This type is known for its very strong taste.
In the spring, usually new growth begins and this can add to its own charm. The leaves are diverse, some are pink, blue, dark green, light green, of course provide its own charm.
The Pink Icing type grows well in areas with full sun, but the leaves can be present in many colors. Pollination can occur independently and you don’t need much care including pruning that isn’t really needed. A good plant growth can live and survive up to 20 years.
7. PINK POPCORN (ZONES 4-8)
Pink popcorn is an unusual type of berry, the color is pink and when it cooks it will change color.
Its height can reach 4-5 feet and spread well when it grows. Blueberries of this type prefer to live on peat soils, acid soils, and moist soils.
The growth rate is not fast, but it is classified as moderate. The height can reach 4 to 5 feet. Pink Popcorn is a Northern Highbush variety. The fruit is ready to be harvested in the middle of the season and the fruit is very large and you can expect a lot with this plant. Maintenance is easy and resistant to disease and another, pollination occurs independently.
8. SUNSHINE BLUE (ZONES 5-10)
SUNSHINE BLUE is a blueberry variant that is better known as an ornamental plant. The flowers are pink in the spring to be a special spectacle. The size of the fruit is medium and sweet and soft. The harvest is in the middle of the season at the end of July to August.
SUNSHINE BLUE is also a type of blueberry that survives and can live in various forms of soil, as long as it can dry out well or has good drainage. It can also tolerate partial shade even though it prefers places that are exposed to full sunlight.
9. POWDER BLUE (ZONES 6-9)
Powder blue is a type of blueberry with upright growth
with a height of about 6-10 feet. The growth rate is moderate. The flowers are white and bloom in late spring to summer. Green leaves will turn red and orange when entering autumn.
Usually it can last a long time and powder blue must be planted with several trees to allow cross-pollination.
10. TOP HAT (ZONES 4-7)
Top Hat is a type of blueberry that is small and can be planted in pots. The leaves are green and turn into bronze in autumn, about 24 inches tall. It also includes fruiting plants that are suitable for planting in small spaces.
He really likes full sun, but can still live in partial shade. It grows in dry soil and has good drainage.
Although the size of the stems is small but the fruit is large and full, you are ready to harvest it in July and August.