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Blueberries are rich in antioxidants, making them one of the most beneficial fruits in disease prevention and anti-aging.

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Blueberry   Coville (Vaccinium corymbosum)

This shrub produces high yields of large, sweet blueberries.  These luscious fruits of the Native American shrub, have been cherished since colonial times.These shrubs enliven the garden with blazing crimson foliage. Blueberry season is from July-August. Plant several varieties for improved fruit set and long harvest.  'Coville' is renowned for it's great disease resistance.

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Plant Types: Fruit, Perennial, Shrub
Light: Partial Shade to Full Sun
Height: 3 feet to 6 feet
Width: 4 feet to 8 feet
Zones: 3a to 7b
Bloom Color: Pink, White
Bloom Seasons: Early summer, Mid summer, Late summer
Special Features: Edible, North American native
Fertilizer: Miracle-Gro® Nursery Select Miracid® Water Soluble Plant Food
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Plant Care
Planting:

Purchase plants that are either bare root or in containers.  Keep the plants moist before planting.  Plant in early spring after the threat of frost has passed.

Harvesting:

Fruits ripen over a 3-4 week period during the summer.  As the berries ripen, they will turn from a green color to pink-red to blue.  Loosen berries from the tree when ready to pick.  Store unwashed in the refrigerator for atmost 1 week.  Can be frozen and kept for a long time.

Plant Growth:

Deciduous shrubs, native to North America.  Grow blueberries in a sunny location.  They work great as border shrubs, groundcover, or tall hedges.  Attractive red to yellow foliage in fall.

Blooming:

Spring flowers followed by blue fruits.

Soil and Irrigation:

Blueberries lack root hairs and are shallow rooted, so drought can cause serious damage.  Make sure to water weekly in warm areas that don't get regular summer rainfall--keep the top foot of soil moist. Providing a mulch of shredded bark, sawdust, or composed leaves about 6" deep will enhance water retention, keep the soil cool, and also prevent against weed growth.  Blueberries like well-drained, acidic sandy loam soil (pH 4.5-5.5).

Fertilization:

Fertilize plants once a year at flowering time.  Use compost or a low-nitrogen plant food.

Pruning:

Maintain a healthy framework, but do not prune excessively as this will encourage foliage growth over fruit production.  Remove dead or damaged canes.

Pests:

Affected by blueberry maggot, cranberry weevil, and blueberry mite in some areas.  Prone to plum curculio, phomopsis canker, root rot, mummyberry, and twig blight.  Use sprays to control diseases and pests, and also remove dropped fruits and plant debris to discourage infestation.  Keep an eye out for birds that like ripening fruits.  Best to protect plants with netting or use noisemakers to ward of birds.