breakfastBackyard  Berry Plants

Specializing in Organically Grown Blueberry, Blackberry, and Red Raspberry Plants

Certified Organic
Blueberry Plants/Bushes

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 All Blueberry Plants $35.00 each
4+ blueberry plants, $30 each

 Starter Collections $56.00
(contains 4, quart-size plants)
includes shipping
for various USDA growing zones
see below for details
Ships from March to May 2014


 Certified Organic
Blueberry starts
for farms and nurseries

 Please contact us for pricing and cultivar availability and sizing.  Contract growing available.


We are now taking orders for blueberry plants that will be shipped during 
Spring to early Summer 2014. Cultivar availability is listed with the description. 
Some cultivars are in limited supply.
  Orders will be shipped
in the order they are received.
Thank you to all of our patrons for your enthusiasm and support of
Backyard Berry Plants,
 your certified organic berry plant nursery.

  2.5 to 3-gallon container grown bushes
Shipping season runs from March through December (some shipping to southern states will be done in Jan-Feb as weather here allows). 
 Most cultivars are available, and will be reserved for shipment as orders are received. 
Potted plants can be planted
when ever the ground is workable.

(sorry for the inconvenience, but we are unable to ship  blueberry plants to Oregon.)

I have started to add some pictures of fruiting blueberry plants in our websites photo gallery, which can be reached by clicking here 
 Photo Gallery , or on the link which is in the address bar at the bottom of this page.

Not sure of your USDA hardiness zone?
This link will take you to the USDA planting zone map.
Once there, use your zip code to precisely determine your
hardiness zone.

All of our plants and products are free of genetically modified organisms (GMO's) and are Certified Organically Grown

Index to types:
Lowbush and wild highbush blueberry plants

Northern Highbush blueberry plants:
Early Season, Mid Season, Late Season

Southern Highbush blueberry plants

 Starter Collections
for various USDA zones

Fresh from the Bush

Lowbush and wild blueberry plants

ALL BLUEBERRY PLANTS $35 each
UNLESS OTHERWISE LISTED

Northblue blueberry bush
In Stock for 2014
as a 1  gal plant for $20 each

This cultivar is very productive, producing 3# to 5# of large-sized berries at maturity.  They are sweet with no hint of tartness when fully ripe, and the bush is very cold-hardy.  Bred in Minnesota for Canadian winters, this plant is a gem.  Short stature of 24 “ means that you can easily cover this bush if birds are a problem.  Planting distance is half that of Highbush cultivars.  Northblue is also very drought hardy when established.  Its berries ripen in late June to early July here in Brown County.  In USDA zones 5-7 it makes a great outdoor, potted plant for the balcony or yard.
USDA hardiness Zones 3-7


North Sky lowbush blueberry

In Stock for  2014

North Sky grows just 12"-18" tall, and yields around 2# of small-medium sized, sweet, sky-blue berries a year.  Great for containers and small gardens (square foot and others).  Very hardy plant, it can be spaced 18-24" apart.  North Sky is from the same traditional breeding program that produced Northblue, and resembles in both habit and berry flavor the wild lowbush blueberries that is North Sky's heritage. 
North Sky has been growing at our farm for over 10 years, and has never failed to produce (even in the 2007 Freeze, North Sky made a crop of berries).
Hardy to zones 3a-7.  Sold in a 1.5-2 gal pot.

Friendship blueberry bush

In Stock for  2014

Friendship is a true wild blueberry, and was selected from a wild blueberry heath near Friendship, WI, by breeders looking for superior wild stock for improving the genetics of lowbush cultivars. Friendship performed so well in trials, it was released just as nature intended.  Friendship reaches 36”-46" tall. It is a very vigorous grower producing 4-6# of medium sized, deep blue fruit. Flavor is comparable to the wild blueberry, sweet and aromatic. Fall color is orange-red, and it holds its leaves longer than other cultivars. Ripening is mid-late season, from mid to late July here in Brown County.  Friendship also lends itself to container culture (USDA zones 5-7)  but does need a larger pot than would be used for the  Northblue or Polaris blueberries. USDA hardiness Zones 4-7

Polaris blueberry bush

In Stock for  2014

Polaris is a close relative of Northblue, bred in Minnesota to withstand the cold and snow. Here in Brown County it has proved extremely hardy. Of all the blueberries I grow, it is the only one that set a full crop of berries after the 2007 April Freeze. No dieback, no browned flowers, and 3 pounds of medium large, powder blue berries. They are very sweet, as they have a high proportion of wild blueberry in their heritage. They grow to 3 feet, and are nice and bushy with strong branches.  Excellent for outdoor  container culture in USDA zones 5-7.  Polaris continues to be the stoutest blueberry cultivar we grow and sell. 
 It is an early variety.
 USDA hardiness Zones 3-7

Rubel blueberry bush

In Stock for  2014
Available ONLY as a quart size plant for
$10 each

This blueberry bush is an heirloom variety, selected from the wild in 1911 for its superior flavor and vigor. It was one of the first blueberry cultivars named, and the only one from that period still in production.   Rubel is a strong grower, reaching 6-7’ at maturity. Very good yielder of small to medium sized berries with excellent flavor (the flavor of the wild blueberries on the New Jersey barrens). Yields range between 7-12# of berries, which ripen from mid-July to early August here in Brown County. Production here is erratic, with roller-coaster springs seemingly the worst cause of yield reduction. As it is a coastal cultivar, it most likely prefers more tempered springs for best yields. Still, it always produces excellent berries.
    USDA hardiness Zones 4-7

St. Cloud blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Another introduction from the University of Minnesota, this plant grows to about 3’ tall. This is the earliest of all of our lowbush varieties, producing medium sized berries in full clusters. St. Cloud has a sweet taste and is a sturdy producer (5# at maturity) of deep blue berries. Excellent fall color. Ripens 1 week before Duke and Patriot, usually concurrent with Hannah's Choice. Is purported to require cross-pollination for fruit set.
USDA hardiness Zones 4a-7

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Early Season Highbush Blueberry Plants
Northern Highbush cultivars below are listed
in their respective ripening order

Chanticleer blueberry bush


In Stock for 2014

Chanticleer is a vigorous, large fruited cultivar. It is also the earliest ripening  highbush , with consistently sweet fruit.  Production has been very steady as well, with mature bushes yielding  between 9-11 pounds of fruit here in south-central   Indiana.   I continue to be pleased with the performance of this early season cultivar.  Berries come ripe by late May to mid-June, depending upon the spring weather.   The breeder has also observed high resistance to stem blight and mummy berry, two afflictions often seen in areas of the country with large, commercial  blueberry plantations.  I have noticed better production and yield when Chanticleer is planted with the soil-less planting method listed here on our website. Original seedling selected in Maryland in 1978.
 USDA hardiness Zones 5b-8a

Hannah's Choice blueberry bush


In Stock for 2014


This is a very early ripening cultivar that has excellent flavored fruit. It yields an average of 9-11 pounds of fruit per season, with the berries being medium-large in size. The bush reaches about 5’ at maturity, and has an upright habit. Flowers have a pink tinge in spring, which sets it apart from most other cultivars. Hannah's ripens just after Chanticleer, and at least a week before Duke. This cultivar produced a 70% crop after the 2007 April freeze. Ripens here in Brown County in Early June.
Hannah's Choice and Chanticleer make up the backbone of our early season blueberry production.
 USDA hardiness Zones 4b-7



Spartan blueberry bush


In Stock for 2014

Spartan is an old time cultivar, developed in New Jersey in the 1960's, and has almost reached "heirloom" status.   It has remained in commercial production primarily due to the large size, earliness of ripening, and excellent sweetness of the berry.  Spartan grows to 5-6' in height and 3' wide, with upright, robust canes and shape.  Spartan has the largest berry of any of the early season cultivars developed to date, and flavor is ranked as one of the sweetest.  Yields will range between 8-10# of fruit on a mature bush.
 I remember picking Spartan as a boy, as it was then one of the earliest-ripening cultivars available.  I started growing them here on our farm in 2009, as I just had a nostalgia for them that I finally had time to address.  My father-in-law, after tasting and picking Spartan, suggested I put about 20 more in...just for him!  For best yields and growth, I strongly recommend the soil-less planting method for Spartan (see Planting Guide).
USDA Hardiness zones 4b-7

 

 

Patriot blueberry bush

In Stock for  2014

Short and stocky grower to 4-5’, but can reach 6’ if unpruned. Produces very large berries early, with later ripening berries decreasing to a medium size. Ripens intermittently for staggered harvest over 4-5 weeks. Fruit is formed in tight clusters, with firm berries and dry picking scars lending a longer storage life in the fridge than other cultivars. Patriot is great for homeowners who want to protect and pick from the same bush for a longer period of time, gleaning 10# of berries.  Ripens early season, after Hannah's Choice and before Honey Creek, about early-mid June here in Brown County.
USDA hardiness Zones 3a-7

Northland blueberry bush

In stock for 2014
Limited availability, email before ordering

Developed by Michigan State University, Northland is a bushy, limber-branched shrub that can withstand winds and heavy snow loads without breaking.  Hardy for the North, it has mostly wild heritage, which shows through in the berries.  They are sweet, small sized, dark blue, and prolific, with yields ranging from 10-14 pounds of fruit (the higher yields will be seen in more northerly areas, especially coastal areas with moderated springs and ample winter snowfall). An excellent, compact bush, Northland grows to around 4 feet tall, and has beautiful fall colors that range from reds to oranges.  Very productive when planted with the soil-less method, esp. in areas with heavy soils.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-7.


Chippewa blueberry bush 

In Stock for 2014

From the breeding program of the University of Minnesota, Chippewa is a northern gem.  Growing to 3-4 feet tall, it is a compact, attractive, cold-hardy blueberry plant.  Ripening near the end of June here in Brown County, IN, Chippewa stands out from the other cultivars with its elliptical, dark green leaves, which are thicker than leaves found on other cultivars.  Fully self-pollinating, Chippewa produces respectable yields of 3-6 pounds of very sweet berries.  Berry size is variable from medium to large sized.  Very cold hardy, it has produced well after winters of minus 40 below in Minnesota.  I have found that Chippewa prefers a planting mix that is comprised fully of sphagnum peat moss and shredded pine bark mulch or mini-nuggets.  Unless you live in an area with lots of native blueberry, follow planting suggestions for "soil-less" method for best results.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-7.

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  Midseason Highbush Blueberry Plants

Honey Creek  blueberry bush
(previously known as Blue Moon*)

In Stock for 2014
Available ONLY as a quart size plant for
$10 each

Honey Creek is a full, vigorous shrub
reaching 5-6’ in height. It has been our number one selling blueberry cultivar since we went into business, and remains the most widely planted on our farm.
Honey Creek’s fruit is large and light blue, and the flavor is excellent.  The berries have a dry picking scar, and are great fresh or frozen.  Yield has been very dependable on our mature bushes.  Honey Creek is a concentrated producer, and all fruit can be picked in a two week period. In my opinion, this cultivar is also the most adapted to our latitude and climate, performing with more consistency than any other cultivar I've grown in over 15 years.
Honey Creek has been the number one choice for best flavor at our family’s Fourth of July picnic for many years running (Elizabeth and Bonus push a close second). A mature plant will yield 10-12# of fruit. Most years,
Honey Creek ripens just prior to Blue Gold, mid to late June; but some years ripens in early July here in Brown County, Indiana.
USDA hardiness Zones 4a-7b
(Blue Moon is now a patented name for a southern highbush type blueberry developed in Australia in 2010, with patent rights in the USA.  To avoid appointments with surly lawyers,  I've renamed our long-loved producer after a beautiful creek on our farm, where my kids have spent much time playing...when they weren't eating the blueberries growing nearby!  Blue Moon was originally thought to be a sport of Toro.  It turned out to be an accidental seedling that came in with a batch of Toro plants I brought in 17 years ago to start our plantings).


Blue Ray blueberry bush

IN STOCK FOR 2014

Heirloom Blueberry cultivar
Limited availability

Bred by the USDA (from the foundation work of Frederick Coville in the 1920's) and released in 1939, Blue Ray is the leading northern highbush cultivar planted for U-pick markets in the Midwest.  This is primarily due to its dependability, but also because of the flavor of the large, light-blue, sweet berries. A mature bush will yield between 10-12# of berries, and these will ripen from early to mid July here in Brown County, IN.  This overlaps the same ripening time as Honey Creek, and the first harvest of Blue Gold.  Blue Ray grows to be about 4-6 feet tall, and has a beautiful burgundy fall color.
USDA hardiness zones 4-8



Draper blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Draper is a mid-season blueberry bush that yields sweet, medium-large berries that are bright blue, firm, and juicy.  It is very upright in growth, reaching 6' tall at maturity.  Draper yields consistently and can produce between 10-12#
of berries at maturity.  Similar to Hannah's Choice, the berries of Draper can remain on the bush for several weeks, improving in flavor and complexity.  Total picking time of Draper for the home gardener can last up to 4-5 weeks.  This cultivar was bred in Michigan (MSU release 2004), and named to honor one of the most tireless and successful blueberry breeders of our country, Arlen Draper.
Hardy in USDA zones 5a-8a.
 

 

Blue Gold blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Selected in 1989, Blue Gold was a plant breeders success for late mid-season, sweet blueberries. Blue Gold has a short stature, with a tendency for growing into a nice, wide bush. Mature height is 4’, with a classic bushy habit. This cultivar has been a dependable producer.  Blue Gold, along with Blue Moon, makes up the backbone of our mid-season production plants.  Even though Blue Gold is short in stature, it yields heavily, easily supplying the same quantity of quality fruit produced on the taller highbush.   Local yields are between 10-12# of berries on mature plants.  In my discussions with other growers over the years, I've learned that Blue Gold seems to be a cultivar that performs consistently well in many locations of the Midwest and East.   Blue Gold has medium sized berries that are very sweet right after turning blue, and ripen from early thru mid July here in Brown County, IN. 
USDA hardiness Zones 4a-7

Elizabeth blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

This variety was re-introduced to cultivation in 2002 due to the excellent flavor of its fruit. Originally selected in 1966 by the New Jersey Blueberry Council, and named after Elizabeth White, this cultivar has very large, sweet berries of medium blue that ripen after Blue Gold here in Brown County. Yield is 10-12# per bush, with bush height reaching 6 feet with a spreading habit. This cultivar has been one of the fastest growing and producing I have yet planted.  Young plants grow strongly in all directions, so keep low, horizontal branches trimmed to encourage stronger vertical growth.   USDA hardiness Zones 4b-9

Bonus blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

This cultivar was named for its very large sized fruit and consistent, high yields.  The extra-large, juicy, bright blue berries are very sweet, and yields on a mature bush will range between 8-12 pounds (higher yields have been reported in coastal Michigan).  Bonus will mature to a height of 5-6' by 3' wide, with an upright habit and strong branches.  Bonus begins ripening its fruit a little after Elizabeth has begun turning ripe. The size and flavor of the berries on Bonus make it a great cultivar for exhibition or fresh-market sales at farmers markets.
Hardy in USDA zones 4-8.


Nelson blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Nelson is a late, mid-season blueberry bush that yields sweet, very large berries that are firm and juicy.  It is also very cold hardy, growing well into USDA zone 3.  Nelson must be planted in a pure mix of sphagnum peat moss with shredded pine bark mulch or mini-nuggets to thrive.  Local soils, unless one lives in blueberry country, are too challenging for Nelson to perform well.  But we have had great fortune with it here in the peat mix.  Nelson grows to 6 feet tall, yielding 10-13 pounds of fruit a season at maturity (8 years old).  Developed by the ARS-USDA as a cold hardy, large fruited berry with excellent flavor.
Hardy in USDA zones 3-7.

 
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 Late Season Highbush Blueberry Plants

 

Jersey blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014


This is another heirloom cultivar that has weathered drought, flooding, locusts, and neglect (the Four Horsemen of farming) here on our farm. Jersey has been very productive on our farm when planted with the soil-less method listed on our Planting Guide.  Production ranges between 8-10# of medium sized, deep blue berries.  Jersey's berries develop their sweetness about 3-5 days after turning blue, which often gives it an unfair report of tartness by over-eager pickers.  Given a little time, Jersey is one of the sweetest, most complex flavored blueberries one can try.   Jersey is tough, as well, being the sole survivor of a test planting that included six other varieties (Earliblue, Blue Jay, Ivanhoe, Herbert, Coville, and Duke). Hardy in USDA Zones 4b-8
 

Legacy blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014


Introduced in 1993 by the USDA, Legacy has been increasing our number of late season cultivars planted on our farm. This variety is planted commercially in warmer zones (USDA 7-8), as it shows good resistance to stem canker. I have never seen canker here, but we are not in a commercial blueberry production area (where diseases are, of course, more common). My Legacy plants have been at bearing age the past four years, and have been very productive. They should top out at 5-6 feet, and ripen just before Chandler (some years they have overlapped nicely). The berries are medium to medium-large sized, and very sweet when ripened on the bush. Mature yield on Legacy is running  between 9-10# per bush here at our farm, over the past   five years. In a 2012 taste trial attended by California blueberry growers (in San Joaquin, CA), Legacy ranked in the top 4 for flavor.
 USDA hardiness Zones 5-8

Chandler blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Chandler is a 1994 release by the USDA Blueberry Breeding Program. It is a relatively new cultivar on our farm, but it does show strong growth and vigor. Chandler’s particular traits are a light blue berry that is consistently very large with fine, sweet flavor. Production is a bit lower than other late season cultivars (we're at 7# on a seven year bush), but the berries are so much bigger than others at this time of year, I find it rewarding to grow. Chandler reaches 5-6’ in height, and ripens  late July to mid August, right before Arlen (some overlap).  Chandler is another cultivar that I have found to be more productive and vigorous when planted with the soil-less method described in our Planting Guide. 
USDA hardiness  zones 5-8

Arlen blueberry bush

In stock for 2014

Developed at the North Carolina Agriculture Research Station in Raleigh, Arlen has shown good resistance to stem blight disease in areas where this disease is prevalent. I am replacing (slowly) our Elliott blueberries with Arlen and some other late varieties, because Elliott seems to be very sensitive to water stress and prefers only certain microclimates on our farm. Arlen has larger fruit than Elliott (though not as big as Chandler), and it is sweeter. Our Arlen planting is coming into its own as the bushes mature, and yields have been very good for this late season cultivar, and I expect to easily see 10# of berries per bush at our latitude (trials in New Jersey have shown it in excess of 14# per plant). Robust plants reach 5-6' at maturity.
USDA hardiness  Zones 5-8

Aurora blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Aurora is a new variety that has pushed the envelope of late ripening blueberries. Elliott to date has been the undisputed ruler, but Aurora's main cropping is just ever so slightly later. Admittedly, at our farm's latitude, there is less distinction of ripening times for the late season cultivars, but Aurora is at least as late as Elliott. It is also much easier to grow than Elliott, and has much sweeter berries. This variety has been on our farm for a number of years, and it has been growing well and producing nice berries, the same size as Elliott. It has a habit that is branching, and it is a spreading shrub more than erect.  Aurora's fruit comes ripe between  August and early September (earlier if summer is hot and dry, later if summer temps stay out of the 90's) here in Brown County, Indiana.   USDA hardiness Zones 5-8

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Certified Organic
Southern Highbush
blueberry plants

Some cultivars are limited in supply.

These blueberry cultivars thrive in warmer districts of the United States, including the Gulf Coast, Florida and Southern California.  They do not require the winter chilling that Northern highbush and lowbush require, but produce the same high-quality berry with a similar yield to their Northern cousins. 
Ripening of the berries will occur earlier in the year the further south one is, but the order of ripening among the different cultivars will remain consistent.
I have listed their hardiness zones, and suggest two different cultivars for proper cross-pollination, unless the cultivar is listed as self-pollinating.  Self-pollinating cultivars will also act as cross-pollinators.  One may also see slightly larger berries on the self-pollinating cultivars when they are cross-pollinated by another cultivar.  The more the merrier, when it comes to blueberries!

 

Paloma blueberry bush

In stock for 2014
Limited availability, email before ordering

This cultivar was developed by Patrick Hartmann and Arthur Elliott, two men who've spent a lot of time growing and breeding blueberries.
 Paloma is a self-pollinating southern cultivar, yielding between 8-12 pounds of medium sized, excellent quality berries.  Flavor is very sweet when ripe.  Paloma is the earliest ripening of the southern highbush that I offer.  Plants begin ripening in early April in Alachua County, Florida (Gainesville and University of Florida, my alma mater, are there). 
Released in 2004 by Hartmann's.
Hardy in USDA zones 6 to 9.

 

O'Neal blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

O'Neal is only slightly behind Paloma in ripening time, and is also a self-pollinating cultivar.  Developed in North Carolina, O'Neal is an exceptional plant for the Southeast and Gulf States.  O'Neal has large berries that are sweet and firm, and pick cleanly from the bush.  Yields of 6-10 pounds of high quality fruit can be produced on mature plants.  O'Neal grows 4-6' tall with stout stems and attractive foliage, and has an upright, spreading habit.  O'Neal can be sensitive to late frosts in the more northerly part of its range, so be sure to plant it on higher elevations of your property, and avoid hollows and low-areas.
Hardy in USDA zones 7b-9.

 

Biloxi blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

This southern highbush prefers climates with little to no frost potential, and can be grown even in tropical conditions, where it tends to flower and fruit in cycles year 'round.  Biloxi tends to be evergreen in its most southern zone, and  produces medium-large berries with excellent flavor that are firm and light blue.  Yields can be expected to range between 8-10 pounds on a mature plant.  Biloxi grows vigorously to around 5 feet tall and 3 feet wide, with a spreading habit and bushy appearance. 
Released in 1998 by ARS/USDA.  A 2012 taste test held in San Joaquin, CA, ranked Biloxi in the top 4 of all cultivars tasted.
Hardy in USDA zones 8b-11.

 

Misty blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Developed and released by the University of Florida in 1989, Misty remains one of the most widely planted and appreciated southern highbush cultivars.  Misty has an upright, spreading habit, reaching 4-6 feet tall at maturity.  The overall look of this vigorous cultivar is very attractive, having nice foliage cover and uniform branching.  The berries match this with their sweetness.  Mature plants will yield 8-12 pounds of medium to large berries, with a sky-blue color.  Spring flowers are often tinged a light pink, which adds another mark in the landscaping value of this cultivar.  Better yields are realized with cross-pollination.
Hardy in USDA zones 6b-10.

 

Sharpblue blueberry bush

In Stock for 2014

Sharpblue, since its release in 1984 by UF, has become the most widely planted and adaptable of the low-chill, southern highbush cultivars available, both domestic and internationally.  Even though there have been newer cultivars released which have improved on individual aspects of Sharpblue, none have been able to replace its reliability and adaptability across such a wide growing range.  Sharpblue produces 8-12 pounds of sweet berries, with higher yields reported when irrigation and soil fertility are at their best. 
Sharpblue will grow vigorously to a mature height of 5-6 feet tall, with good structure and spreading habit.  A very full and robust shrub, Sharpblue looks great in the landscape as well.  In its most southern range, Sharpblue will remain evergreen, and bloom and fruit periodically through the year.  Does best in locations that don't receive spring frosts that are hard and late.  Best yields in berries with cross-pollination.
Hardy in USDA zones 7b-10

 

Sunshine Blue blueberry bush

In stock for 2014

Sunshine Blue is a great, compact grower, and high yielder, similar to Blue Gold and Cara's Choice (which are northern highbush cultivars).  Mature plant size is 3-4 feet tall and wide with an upright habit.  Evergreen in its southern range, Sunshine Blue is also quite cold-hardy, successfully growing into USDA zone 6 (where it is semi-deciduous).  This cultivar yields 5-9 pounds of sweet, medium-sized berries on a mature plant.  Berries can be picked over a 3-5 week period.  Sunshine Blue is also self-pollinating, though slightly higher yields (and larger berries) can be realized with cross-pollination from another cultivar.
Hardy in USDA zones 6b to 10.

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 Starter Collections

Available for March-May shipping in 2014

These blueberries are quart sized plants, from 12" to 18" tall, and are only a year old.  They require more attention at this age, but if that is provided, they will grow rapidly into nice bushes.  Follow the same planting guide procedure for our lager stock, though one may consider the prospect of planting all 4 plants in the collection into one planting bed.  After a year of growth, they will be bigger (and hardier), and can be easily transplanted to their permanent planting locations (the "nursery" bed can be used as one of these locations).  This way, you have one location to water and tend, and one planting bed (3'x3') is ample room for 4, year old blueberry plants to put on some growth for a growing season.  For most vigorous growth,
I highly recommend using the methods described on our
 Plant Care webpage.

Collection #1
Northern highbush types

FOR USDA Growing zones 5, 6, and 7

This collection includes 1 each of our four most  large-fruited and
reliable northern highbush cultivars:

Patriot (early season)
Bonus (mid season)
Elizabeth (mid season)
Aurora (late season)

Collection #2
Far North blueberries

For USDA growing zones 3,4,5, and 6

This collection includes blueberries that do well in the coldest parts of the U.S., as well as frosty valleys in  parts of the Midwest, East, and Mountain West.
1 each of :

Polaris (early season)
Chippewa (early season)
North Sky (mid season)
Northblue (mid season)


Collection #3
Southern types

For USDA Growing zones 8, 9, 10

This collection includes 1 each of our most reliable southern highbush cultivars, for the Deep South, Texas, Southwest and Southern California:

Biloxi (early season)
Misty (mid season)
Sharpblue (mid season)
Sunshine Blue (late season)

Collection #4
Humid Gulfcoast and Southeastern U.S.

For USDA Growing zones 6, 7, 8, 9

This collection includes 1 each of low-chill, southern highbush blueberries that were specifically selected for the Gulf Coast and the Southeastern U.S. (Virginia to N. Florida, and over to Texas):

O'Neal (early season)
Gupton (early season)
Carteret (mid season)
New Hanover (mid season)

Collection #5
Rabbiteye blueberries

For USDA growing zones 6b,7,8, and 9

This collection includes 2 cultivars of rabbiteye blueberries that we selected for ease of harvest (short bushes to 6' tall) flavor, and pollination compatibility. They do well throughout the South, and the warmer districts of the U.S.  Rabbiteye blueberries generally ripen after the southern highbush blueberry season is mostly over.
You will receive 2 each of the following cultivars:

Prince (early season)
Robeson (mid season)

 

Collection #6
Heirloom blueberries

For USDA growing zones 5,6,7,8

This collection includes 4 heirloom blueberry cultivars that do well in USDA hardiness zones 5,6,7 and 8.  These plants were selected well over 50 years ago, and are still grown today for their flavor and reliability.
This collection contains 1 each of :

Pioneer (early to mid season)
Stanley (mid season)
Atlantic (mid season)
Jersey (late season)

 

 

Price for any one collection (includes shipping)....................$56.00


These plants will ship from March through May 2014.
Rabbit predation on small plants is possible, so if you have
wild rabbits hopping about, be sure to set up a 12" tall barrier or fence around the young plants.
 Predation can be most severe during winter months.

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Descriptions for blueberry cultivars available in the collections for Spring 2014
These cultivars are only available in the quart size for Spring 2014

Pioneer blueberry bush
heirloom cultivar

mid-season highbush blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Pioneer received its name as it was the first ever named cross between two wild blueberries (the Brooks and Sooy selections).  This cross was made in 1912 (by Dr. Frederick Coville), so this is really an old time cultivar.  Berries are light blue, medium size (considered very large at the time of its naming), very sweet, and have no acidity when allowed to ripen fully on the bush.  Pioneer yields consistently and can produce up to10# of berries at maturity.  Usually ripens in early to mid July here in Brown County, IN, though sometimes earlier in springs with warm starts.  The success and yields of this cultivar inspired the breeders to continue their work to develop blueberries for commercial and home gardens.  Pioneer is a direct connection to our agricultural history.  It is no longer grown commercially (it does not have a hard berry and does not store well in modern shipping systems), and only remains with us due to dedicated gardeners and heirloom repositories.
Hardy in USDA zones 4b to 8b

 

Stanley blueberry bush
heirloom cultivar

mid season highbush blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Stanley is an heirloom cultivar selected by Frederick Coville in 1921.  It was named for his son, on whose blueberry plantation in New Jersey the Stanley blueberry was tested.  Then, and now, Stanley is considered one of the sweetest blueberries ever to be produced.  It was  a seedling from a cross between Katharine (a seedling relation of Pioneer) and the wild Rubel blueberry.  The berries are medium to large, and a mature bush can produce between 8-12# of blueberries.  Ripening time for Stanley on our farm here in Brown County, IN, is usually late July to e. August.  This tends to overlap the same ripening times for Elizabeth and Jersey.  Stanley grows to 6' tall and 3' wide, with nice fall color to the leaves.
USDA hardiness zones 5a-8b

 

Atlantic blueberry bush
heirloom cultivar

Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Atlantic was released as a new cultivar in 1939, derived from a cross between Pioneer and Jersey.  Berry size is medium large to large, with sweet, aromatic flavor and no tartness when ripe.  Atlantic ripens in the later part of the mid-season, which is late July here on our zone 5b farm in Brown County, IN.  This cultivar is a vigorous grower, and will easily mature to 6' tall.  Numerous cane generation with good fertility helps to maintain Atlantic's production at a high level year to year, producing a reliable 9-10# of blueberries each growing season.  Proper cane removal as the bush gets older will help to maintain large berry size.  As with most "heirloom" cultivars of blueberry, Atlantic fell out of favor as the berry was not suited to modern shipping and storage systems.  For the home garden and local growers, however, it is still an excellent flavored berry for fresh eating, pies, wines, and freezing.
USDA hardiness zones 5a-8b

 

Gupton southern highbush blueberry
New for 2014

early season southern highbush blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Gupton is a new, early ripening, low-chill blueberry cultivar suitable for USDA growing zones 6-9.  This plant grows to 6' at maturity, having a narrow, columnar shape.  Berries are medium to medium large, light blue in color, and very sweet.  I don't have yields for Gupton on our farm, but growers in Mississippi report between 10-12# of berries produced during the growing season, with picking taking 2 weeks to complete (ripening time in the states of MS, AL, and GA is mid-May to early-June).  Other aspects noted in the southern growing zones is that the berries do not crack during wet weather at harvest time, and the flowering time is a bit later than other low-chill cultivars (helping Gupton to avoid frost damage to the blooms in late-frost pockets or valleys).
USDA hardiness zones 6a-10a

 

Carteret southern highbush blueberry
new for 2014

mid season southern highbush blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

This new release from North Carolina State University (2009) is great for smaller gardens and urban locations. Carteret is self-pollinating, and grows to about 4' to 4.5'  tall, and 3' wide, with an upright habit.  Berries are sweet and delicious, and have a medium size.  Yields for a mature bush in North Carolina range from 10-14# of berries, which are ready to pick over a 2-3 week period.  Ripening time in NC (coastal region) is early June, and in TN and the Southern Appalachians mid to late June.  While I've not seen stem canker and blight as an issue here on our farm, fruit testers in the South have noted Carteret has a good resistance to these two Botryosphaeria pathogens.  This is a great new cultivar with high production, sweet berries, and compact size. 
USDA hardiness zones 5b-9b

 

New Hanover southern highbush blueberry
New for 2014

mid season southern highbush blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Released in 2007 by North Carolina State University, New Hanover is a mid-season, low-chill cultivar that ripens large to very large berries in early June to mid June (in southeastern NC).  This blueberry matures to a size of 5'-6' tall and 3' wide, with a spreading habit.  New Hanover is also self-fruitful (berry size increases with cross-pollination), and has shown very high yields in the lowland areas of the Carolinas, between 12-15# per bush, with some testing showing even higher production rates.  The fruit is very sweet with a light blue color, and ripening is concentrated so picking of the bush should be complete in less than two weeks.  New Hanover also shows resistance to stem blight (Botryosphaeria corticus) and stem canker (B. dothidea).  I will be adding this cultivar to our southern highbush production plantings here on our farm, to observe how it does in zone  5b; as well to observe how it performs with late frost protections.  I am just starting to grow this out on our farm, so my personal knowledge about this cultivar is limited.  But this cultivar comes with such strong recommendations from trusted growers that I am offering it for 2014.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b
(I will be testing for zone 5b and low-lying frost pocket performance to see if this remarkable cultivar may handle colder zones/locations).

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De Soto rabbiteye blueberry
New for 2014

late season rabbiteye blueberry
Available late summer/fall 2014

Originally selected in 1976 (released in 2004) by the USDA, DeSoto is a short-statured rabbiteye blueberry growing to around 5' tall and 4' wide.  The berries are sweet, aromatic, and large. In southern MS, AL, and GA they start to ripen at the end of June through early August, providing a longer window of fresh berry picking than standard commercial cultivars. Yields have been measured at 10-12# per bush.  DeSoto is also very late to bloom, so it works well in areas that have potential late frost issues; though low, wet spots should be avoided  as DeSoto has shown a lack of vigor in those areas.  Compact and late, DeSoto is an excellent addition to the backyard growers blueberry patch, extending the season much later with high quality, sweet blueberries.
Best pollinated by Onslow or Columbus.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b

 

Prince rabbiteye blueberry
New for 2014

early season rabbiteye blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Released by the USDA in 2008, Prince is a lower growing and more manageable rabbiteye blueberry with high yields of early ripening blueberries.  Berries are sweet with little to no tartness when fully ripened on the bush (picked earlier, they will have a mixture of sweet and tart).  Prince is the first of the rabbiteye cultivars to begin ripening, with harvest times between mid May to early June in central TX and southern MS, AL and GA.  This cultivar has a mature size of 6' tall and 3' wide, with yields ranging between 9-12# of medium sized berries.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b
Best pollinator: Robeson

Robeson rabbiteye blueberry
New for 2014

mid season rabbiteye blueberry
Available only as a quart size plant in
the starter collection for spring 2014

Named in 1996 by NCSU, Robeson is a very robust and productive rabbiteye blueberry cultivar.  Blueberries of Robeson are medium sized (like most rabbiteye cultivars), very sweet with a hint a tartness, and come ripe in mid to late June in the southern states.  Yields for a mature bush will range between 10-12# of berries.  Crossing with another early or mid season cultivar is crucial for fruit set, and Prince is one cultivar that will fully pollinate Robeson.  Size of the mature bush is 6' tall and 3' wide, making Robeson a manageable size for a rabbiteye blueberry.  This cultivar has also shown resistance to stem blight and root rot.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b
Best pollinator: Prince

 

Onslow rabbiteye blueberry
New for 2014

Mid to late season rabbiteye blueberry
Available in late summer/fall 2014

Self-pollinating, but larger berries with pollination from either Columbus or De Soto.
USDA hardiness zones 6a-9b

 

Columbus rabbiteye blueberry
New for 2014

Late season rabbiteye blueberry
Available in late summer/fall 2014

Pollinated by Onslow or Columbus
USDA hardiness zones 6b-9b

 

 

 

 

 

 

Points and Photos about these Backyard Blueberry Shrubs


Sulfur is often suggested for plants that thrive in acidic conditions.  Adult plants can receive 1 cup sprinkled under the mulch every other year.

Deciding how many plants to get can be resolved with a little work...you just have to decide what you want from your blueberry plants.  The highbush produce far more fruit per plant than the lowbush (2 or sometimes 3 times as much fruit), and some cultivars have small berries (good for jam, freezing, and baking).  If fresh fruit is primarily what you are after, then the large-berried highbush are excellent choices.




A mature highbush blueberry will dependably produce 8-10# of fruit per year, which is roughly  equal to 8-10 struck quarts (meaning level).
Lowbush cultivars produce less per plant, but can be planted closer.  This gives them a similar area production rate to highbush plants.  They are also easier to protect from birds, but harder to pick if you have a stiff back.

Picking your own homegrown berries is one of the most fulfilling activities a homeowner and gardener can do. You'll be  growing and eating the freshest berries, right in your backyard.  And you will be able to do it organically!


 

Friendship lowbush blueberry showing fall color

 

Rubel heirloom blueberry 1 1/2 yrs with fall color