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The Southern Patio Blueberry
Chill Hours: 150
Harvest: Mid to late season.
Bush Habit: Upright, compact bush reaching 3' tall, with blue-green and burgundy foliage in fall.
Fruit: Medium, rich, sweet flavored berries.
Facts of note: For gardens from San Diego to Seattle, Sunshine Blue has it all. This semi-dwarf, versatile evergreen blueberry features showy hot pink flowers that fade to white in spring, yielding large crops of delicious berries. Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils better than many other blueberries and it is self-pollinizing. The low chilling requirement of 150 hours makes it suitable for Southern California, but we find it is surprisingly cold-hardy and a wonderful addition to patios and gardens in the Pacific Northwest.
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.
I live in north Texas and planted the Sunshine Blue in the spring, it is now mid-late June and we have picked around 115 blueberries from 1 bush! My kids love picking the berries and enjoy eating them also. They are a great tasting berry and I will be buying more for next year!Review by Bethany (on 6/21/13)
I received my blueberry plant at the end of this last year.. and planted it in a smart pot exactly how the grow organic blueberry video instructed. My Sunshine Blue is doing fantastic!! It had a lot of blossoms and they are already turning into tons of little blueberries. I'm so happy with it. I'm going to buy more of them this year!Review by Nessa (on 4/22/13)
I planted these right in the ground, added cottonseed meal and they didn't look that great for quite some time. I watered them a lot and they began looking better. Produced a very small amount of fruit. I suggest not planting these in the ground and only planting them in pots until they get establishedReview by Kim (on 12/20/12)