blueberries - Knowledgebase Question

Garland, Te
Question by pww75
March 17, 2010
What tyoe of blueberry plant would be best in zone 7 to 8?


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Answer from NGA
March 17, 2010

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Rabbiteye (Vaccinium ashei) and southern highbush (interspecific hybrids of V. darrowi, V. ashei and V. corymbosum) will grow in your region. However, only the low-chill cultivars of each are adapted to your weather. Bluecrop blueberries are highbush blueberries and will grow in zones 5-9, which includes your zone 7-8. Texas A & M recommends the following highbush blueberry cultivars due to their low-chill requirements: 'Emerald', 'Gulf Coast', 'Jewel', 'Millennia', Sharpblue', 'Star' and 'Windsor'. Rabbiteye cultivars include 'Beckyblue', 'Bonita' and 'Climax'. Bluecrop is widely grown, but may not perform as well as those recommended by the university. It generally takes about 3 years for blueberry plants to produce abundant crops. Best wishes with your new blueberry plants!

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