Chill Hours: 200
Harvest: Early mid-season.
Bush Habit: Upright bush reaching 6'-8' tall with green foliage in fall.
Fruit: Very large, tangy berries.
Facts of note: Jewel yields abundant crops of the largest Southern Highbush berries with a tangy flavor.
Its upright habit makes it a great landscape plant.
Dependable in mild-winter climates because of a low chill requirement of 200 hours.
Long harvest period.
Plant with other mid-season fruiting blueberries for best performance.
Delicious, exceptionally nutritious, high in bioflavanoids. Gardeners in warmer climates can enjoy growing blueberries by choosing one of the Southern Highbush varieties. These require fewer chill hours than the Northern Highbush which require over 1000 hours. Consider climate suitability, ripening season and fruit size when selecting varieties and include at least two different varieties for cross–pollination and fruiting (any two varieties will do, regardless of ripening time). Grow in acidic, well–drained soil. Cottonseed meal is an excellent fertilizer for blueberries along with good quality compost and peat moss.
These blueberries are 2 year plants.
Check out our Fruit Harvest Chart to plan for successive harvests.
Bought this blueberry bush and was very excited to get it. When it finally shipped here I noticed that a couple branches were broken, even though the packaging was in great shape. I think it must have been shipped broken. Also, the roots seemed a bit root bound. It's been 2 weeks, half of the plant has leaves and is doing great, half does not (and these are not the broken branches, since I pruned those off! I think this plant will end up being fine, but I was disappointed!Review by Kate (on 3/16/13)