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Blueberry - Top Hat 3.5" (Mid Harvest)

Blueberry - Top Hat 3.5" (Mid Harvest)

Does well as a patio plant

  • Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum x V. angustifolium - The Patio Blueberry
  • Plant Age: 1.5 years
  • Zones: 3-7
  • Chill Hours: 1000+
  • Harvest: Mid-season.
  • Bush Habit: Globe shaped bush reaching 1–2' tall with orange and yellow foliage in fall.
  • Fruit: Small, wild flavored berries.
  • Facts of note: Top Hat is a perfect name for this dwarf cultivar as it grows 1–2' high and wide. Top Hat is the result of crossing a short stature Highbush with a compact, small Lowbush Blueberry. Plentiful white blooms in spring give way to attractive light blueberries that are pea sized and larger. Top Hat is perfect for defined border plantings or growing in patio containers. It also makes an excellent candidate for a bonsai project. Comes in a 3.5" pot.

Top Hat Blueberries, scientifically known as Vaccinium corymbosum 'Top Hat,' are a compact and versatile blueberry cultivar that offers the joys of growing fresh blueberries in even the smallest of spaces. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, benefits, and cultivation of Top Hat Blueberries, making them an appealing choice for home gardeners.

Compact and Space-Saving

One of the most notable features of Top Hat Blueberries is their compact growth habit. These blueberry bushes are well-suited for small gardens, patios, and even container gardening. With a mature height of just 18 inches to 2 feet, and a similar width, they are an excellent choice for those with limited outdoor space. This compactness makes them ideal for urban dwellers or anyone looking to add blueberries to their landscape without the need for extensive garden beds.

Delightful Ornamental Value

Top Hat Blueberries offer more than just tasty berries; they also bring ornamental value to your garden. In the spring, they produce lovely, bell-shaped white flowers that not only attract pollinators but also add a touch of beauty to your outdoor space. As the seasons progress, the flowers give way to delicious, sweet blueberries that are not only a treat for your palate but also a visual delight.

Versatile Container Gardening

If you don't have access to a traditional garden bed or wish to keep your blueberries mobile, Top Hat Blueberries are the perfect choice for container gardening. You can plant them in pots, whiskey barrels, or other large containers filled with acidic, well-draining soil. This versatility allows you to move the blueberry bushes to take advantage of optimal sunlight or to protect them from harsh weather conditions.

Low Maintenance Requirements

Top Hat Blueberries are relatively easy to care for, making them an excellent option for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here are some key maintenance requirements:

  1. Sunlight: These blueberries thrive in full sun to partial shade. Ensure they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for the best fruit production.

  2. Soil: Blueberries require well-draining, acidic soil with a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. You may need to amend your soil or use a specialized blueberry soil mix when planting them.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Regular watering is essential, especially during hot and dry periods.

  4. Pruning: Prune your Top Hat Blueberries in late winter or early spring to remove dead or diseased branches and promote healthy growth.

Abundant Blueberry Harvest

Despite their small stature, Top Hat Blueberries can produce an impressive quantity of delicious blueberries. The berries are typically medium-sized, sweet, and perfect for fresh consumption, baking, or adding to breakfast dishes like pancakes and cereal. While the exact yield can vary depending on growing conditions, you can expect a rewarding harvest from these compact bushes.

Winter Hardiness

Top Hat Blueberries are known for their excellent cold tolerance, making them suitable for a wide range of climates. They can withstand cold winters without significant damage, and their ability to adapt to temperature fluctuations makes them a reliable choice for gardeners in various regions.

Top Hat Blueberries are a delightful addition to any garden or patio. Their compact size, ornamental value, and adaptability to container gardening make them a versatile choice. With minimal maintenance requirements and a reliable yield of sweet blueberries, these bushes are perfect for those looking to enjoy homegrown fruit even in small spaces. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting your green journey, Top Hat Blueberries offer a rewarding and flavorful experience.

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Description

  • Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum x V. angustifolium - The Patio Blueberry
  • Plant Age: 1.5 years
  • Zones: 3-7
  • Chill Hours: 1000+
  • Harvest: Mid-season.
  • Bush Habit: Globe shaped bush reaching 1–2' tall with orange and yellow foliage in fall.
  • Fruit: Small, wild flavored berries.
  • Facts of note: Top Hat is a perfect name for this dwarf cultivar as it grows 1–2' high and wide. Top Hat is the result of crossing a short stature Highbush with a compact, small Lowbush Blueberry. Plentiful white blooms in spring give way to attractive light blueberries that are pea sized and larger. Top Hat is perfect for defined border plantings or growing in patio containers. It also makes an excellent candidate for a bonsai project. Comes in a 3.5" pot.

Top Hat Blueberries, scientifically known as Vaccinium corymbosum 'Top Hat,' are a compact and versatile blueberry cultivar that offers the joys of growing fresh blueberries in even the smallest of spaces. In this article, we will explore the characteristics, benefits, and cultivation of Top Hat Blueberries, making them an appealing choice for home gardeners.

Compact and Space-Saving

One of the most notable features of Top Hat Blueberries is their compact growth habit. These blueberry bushes are well-suited for small gardens, patios, and even container gardening. With a mature height of just 18 inches to 2 feet, and a similar width, they are an excellent choice for those with limited outdoor space. This compactness makes them ideal for urban dwellers or anyone looking to add blueberries to their landscape without the need for extensive garden beds.

Delightful Ornamental Value

Top Hat Blueberries offer more than just tasty berries; they also bring ornamental value to your garden. In the spring, they produce lovely, bell-shaped white flowers that not only attract pollinators but also add a touch of beauty to your outdoor space. As the seasons progress, the flowers give way to delicious, sweet blueberries that are not only a treat for your palate but also a visual delight.

Versatile Container Gardening

If you don't have access to a traditional garden bed or wish to keep your blueberries mobile, Top Hat Blueberries are the perfect choice for container gardening. You can plant them in pots, whiskey barrels, or other large containers filled with acidic, well-draining soil. This versatility allows you to move the blueberry bushes to take advantage of optimal sunlight or to protect them from harsh weather conditions.

Low Maintenance Requirements

Top Hat Blueberries are relatively easy to care for, making them an excellent option for both novice and experienced gardeners. Here are some key maintenance requirements:

  1. Sunlight: These blueberries thrive in full sun to partial shade. Ensure they receive at least 6 hours of direct sunlight daily for the best fruit production.

  2. Soil: Blueberries require well-draining, acidic soil with a pH level between 4.5 and 5.5. You may need to amend your soil or use a specialized blueberry soil mix when planting them.

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist but not waterlogged. Regular watering is essential, especially during hot and dry periods.

  4. Pruning: Prune your Top Hat Blueberries in late winter or early spring to remove dead or diseased branches and promote healthy growth.

Abundant Blueberry Harvest

Despite their small stature, Top Hat Blueberries can produce an impressive quantity of delicious blueberries. The berries are typically medium-sized, sweet, and perfect for fresh consumption, baking, or adding to breakfast dishes like pancakes and cereal. While the exact yield can vary depending on growing conditions, you can expect a rewarding harvest from these compact bushes.

Winter Hardiness

Top Hat Blueberries are known for their excellent cold tolerance, making them suitable for a wide range of climates. They can withstand cold winters without significant damage, and their ability to adapt to temperature fluctuations makes them a reliable choice for gardeners in various regions.

Top Hat Blueberries are a delightful addition to any garden or patio. Their compact size, ornamental value, and adaptability to container gardening make them a versatile choice. With minimal maintenance requirements and a reliable yield of sweet blueberries, these bushes are perfect for those looking to enjoy homegrown fruit even in small spaces. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or just starting your green journey, Top Hat Blueberries offer a rewarding and flavorful experience.

Delicious, exceptionally nutritious, and high in bioflavanoids. 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.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, GU, VI

Cannot ship via USPS.

Cannot ship via SmartPost.

Shipping Weight: 3.0 lb

Dimensions: 14.0"L x 3.0"W x 3.0"H

Features

  • Container Compatible
  • Long-Lived

Characteristics

USDA Growing Zone: 3 - 7
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Spring
Blueberry Type : Lowbush/Bushel & Berry
Chill Hours Needed : 1000+ hours
Growth Habit : Bush
Plant Quantity : Single Plant
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Winter
Time to Fruit Production : 2-3 Years

Planting & Care

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* Claim deadline is June 15th

We guarantee that your dormant tree or plant will arrive in good, viable condition. If your tree arrives in substandard condition, notify us within 3 days of delivery. Please email pictures of the box, inside packaging, the tree and its roots to helpdesk@groworganic.com.  We will investigate your claim and process a request to exchange or refund the damaged product.

If your dormant tree or plant has not grown new leaves by June 15th, you may be eligible for our Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee. This guarantee provides for a store credit for the purchase price of the tree, excluding shipping. Please see the Instructions below.

Important Dates:

  • April 1st Dormant trees/plants must be planted in the ground
  • May 15th Perform scratch test, if no new leaves have grown
  • June 15th Deadline to apply for a dormant tree/plant credit

All required documentation must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. Claims or documentation received after June 15th will be denied, without exception. Instructions listed below

Terms and Conditions

We cannot guarantee that your tree or plant will remain alive and healthy after it is received, or bear fruit as there are too many variables in your environment that are beyond our control (i.e. soil preparation, weed and pest control, proper irrigation, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your growing zone, proper choice of pollinator, extreme weather, rodent damage, disease, etc.). 

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a replacement tree/plant of the same species either that same growing season or in future years. Customers are responsible for all shipping fees associated with replacement trees and plants. 

If we determine that the tree you purchased directly from us is not viable, we will issue you a store credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of the affected dormant tree or plant. Shipping is not included in the dormant tree/plant guarantee. Store credits can be used to purchase any product we sell and are valid for use only until July 1st of the following year.

Historically, 98% of our dormant trees and plants grow and thrive when they have been cared for and planted using our growing guides. Dormant trees and plants must be planted in the ground by April 1st in order to be eligible for credit. If the ground in your area is still frozen solid, you may temporarily plant your tree or plant in a pot. 

Potted, non-dormant trees or plants are excluded from this guarantee as they are not dormant at the time of shipment. Evergreen trees such as citrus, avocado and olive trees are not available for credit under the Dormant Tree and Plant Guarantee. 

Instructions

We guarantee that your dormant fruit tree or plant will leaf out, if you care for it according to our growing guides. In the unlikely event that your dormant tree or plant does not have leaves by May 15th, follow these simple steps to apply for a store credit:

Before you call or email, please perform a “scratch test” to determine if the tree or plant is still alive. This video shows how to check for live tissue under the bark. Scratch tests need to be done a few inches above and below the graft. 

Green Cambium Layer / Living Trees

If the cambium layer under the bark is green, give your tree a little more time. It is still alive, but hasn’t come out of dormancy yet. Check to make sure that it is getting the right amount of deep root water, enough sunlight and that the weather is warm enough for that type of tree/plant to come out of dormancy. Every tree has its own personality and will come out of dormancy at different times. Be sure to submit the required documentation listed below by June 15th, if it doesn’t grow leaves.

Brown Cambium Layer / Dead Trees

If the scratch test shows a brown cambium layer or if your dormant tree/plant doesn’t have leaves by June 1st, please email us at helpdesk@groworganic.com. All required documentation listed below must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. To be considered for the guarantee claim, all required documentation must be received by June 15th.  Incomplete submissions will be denied.

Required Documentation

  1. Order number
  2. Name of dormant tree/plant and the quantity affected
  3. Photos of each tree or plant showing: 
    1. The roots (tree or plant must be pulled out of the ground)
    2. The scratch test areas
    3. The entire tree/plant

We reserve the right to not issue credit for items that have already been replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence that the tree/plant was not killed by root rot, rodent or mechanical damage.

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