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BUSHEL & BERRY™ PINK ICING®

BUSHEL & BERRY™ PINK ICING®

PLANT

$18.95
$18.95

Product Description:

Mid-season. Robust flavored berries are just the beginning with this unique variety. Earning its name from its pink new growth in spring, the other leaves boast a kaleidoscope of blue and green shades. In winter the foliage turns a striking iridescent turquoise. Give Pink Icing® a location with high visibility either in the landscape container, as these  beautiful plants reach a mounded 3–4 feet tall. Zones 5–10.  Plants reach maturity in 5–6 seasons and produce 5–10 pounds of fruit annually. Most blueberries need at least 800 hours of temperatures below 45°F during the dormant season. Call your local county extension agent for information about your area. Harvest from late June through late August, depending on the variety. For optimum pollination, choose separate varieties with the same or overlapping harvest windows.

Blueberries are 1 year old and ship at the end of March/beginning of April. Plants are in 3 ½ inch pots. Order early for best availability. Not available to HI, US Territories, or Canada.
Plant Spacing 4–6'
Plant height up to 6'
Hardiness Zone Listed per variety
Bearing Age 2nd year
Ripening Time See Below
Pollinator Required Yes

Vaccinium corymbosum Famous for eating fresh, canning, and freezing, or as a beautiful landscape shrub. Blueberries provide flowers in the spring, colorful berries, good foliage, and striking autumn color. Plants reach maturity in 5-6 seasons and produce 5-10 pounds of fruit annually. Most blueberries need at least 800 hours of temperatures below 45°F during the dormant season (unless otherwise noted). Call your local county extension agent for information about your area. Harvest from late June through late August, depending on the variety. For optimum pollination, choose separate varieties with the same or overlapping harvest windows.

Initial Instructions
After unpacking, allow the plant a few days to gradually acclimate to full-sun exposure. Dig a hole approximately 2 1/2 feet around and 1 foot deep. Replace about 1/3-1/2 of the soil from the hole with moistened peat moss and mix well. Lightly roughen the outside of the plant's root ball and position the plant so the root ball is slightly higher than ground level, mounding the soil well. Water thoroughly. Mulch with a 2-4 inch layer of straw, sawdust or wood shavings (not cedar). The mulch helps retain moisture, keeps the roots cool and suppresses weeds. For the first feeding, fertilize lightly once the plants have become established or in late spring. Use an acid fertilizer, our Acid Mix works well, or rhododendron/azalea fertilizer. We recommend removing the first year's blossoms as they appear. This diverts the plant's energy and allows it to establish a strong root system.

Cultivation
Water regularly during the first growing season, but do not allow the soil to become soggy. Fertilize in early spring and once again in late spring. Blueberries are very sensitive to over-fertilization, so be conservative! Always water well after fertilizing. Organic fertilizers, blood meal and cottonseed meal work well. Avoid using manures. After the leaves have dropped in the fall, prune the blueberry bushes. Remove any dead wood, blotchy-colored branches and the very low growth at the base. Thin out lateral and small, weak branches until you have removed a total of about 1/3-1/2 of the wood.

Pests & Diseases
Cover plants with Birdblock Protective Netting if birds are a problem, otherwise blueberries are seldom bothered by pests.

Soil Type
Blueberries prefer slightly acidic (4.0-5.5 pH), well-draining soil rich in organic matter. Peat moss, sawdust and composted oak leaves are good amendments to add humus and lower the pH of the soil.

Light Requirements
Blueberries prefer full sun.

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