Bluecrop Blueberry Bushes
The Bluecrop blueberry is one of the most successful commercial varieties in our range of blueberry plants for sale with high yields of large blue berries mid season, about late July to August. The oval green leaves ensure that the plant looks more like a desirable herbaceous shrub for the summer and then in winter the stems take on a beautiful red colour, a little like the dogwoods, making it a very attractive all year round plant. The quality of the fruit is second to none, being sweet and with above average sized berries that grow in clusters. Bluecrop is a practical choice because it is disease resistant, not susceptible to late spring frosts and withstands summer drought to boot.
Although we recommend Bluecrop as being one of our top self-fertile blueberry varieties, it is always worth growing it with a companion blueberry - partly just for the fun of trying different types, but mainly because you will achieve greater productivity with another blueberry nearby to improve pollination. Chandler blueberry is a slightly later variety which will give you fruit into autumn, or try Earliblue for an earlier variety. They take three years to really get into their stride. Although they are good looking plants, you would need to be feeling particularly generous to the local birdlife not to net them which detracts somewhat from their aesthetic impact - however you can remove the nets in winter and enjoy the scarlet stems. The big Must-Do is to ensure that you grow your blueberry in an acid soil, one that is ideally at a pH of 4.5. That means either living somewhere with a soil with low pH, or planting them into a pot or into the ground surrounded by ericaceous compost which you can buy in any garden centre. Thereafter it is important to add more ericaceous soil around the plant to maintain the correct pH every year. With this proviso, blueberries are a cinch to grow and look after, and will provide you with all the antioxidants you could wish for....probably plus some more. They remain one of the top superfoods to jazz up all sorts of healthy smoothies, earnest breakfast cereals or fruit salads. For the more gluttonous, add them to steamed puddings, pies, cobblers and wicked cocktails.
- Height: 1.2 m
- Harvest: late July/August
- Fruit: large, blue berries
- Taste: dessert/culinary
- Pollination: self fertile, but best to grow with another blueberry
- Spacing: 1.2 m apart
- Soil: Acidic
The American cross between a clafoutis and a sweet Yorkshire pudding, the popover, is meant to be best in Maine where the blueberries are sweetest.....but another powerful reason for eating popovers and blueberries in general is because they are one of the best sources of vitamin K. Vitamin K is essential for blood clotting and healing wounds amongst other things. Your other K options are brassicas like kale and Brussel sprouts, turnip or spring greens.....MUCH easier to sprinkle a few blueberries on your breakfast.....