COMMON NAME Farthing Blueberry
BOTANICAL NAME Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Farthing’
LIFESPAN 40+ years
CHILL HOURS 100 to 300
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and every day for 2 weeks. Week 3 and week 4, water deeply twice a week. From week 5 forward water deeply at least once a week for the next 3 months. From then on, water occasionally. Requires at least 1″ weekly during the growing season and up to 4″ weekly during fruit ripening. Keep soil moist and not soggy. Allow soil to dry between watering. Supplement with water during droughts and the hot, dry months to keep your plant lush and thriving. Reduce watering in the Winter when growth slows.
LIGHT REQUIREMENTS Minimum 6 hours full sun. Tolerates some shade, especially in the evening.
FERTILIZING Sparingly use a general purpose, 10-10-10 once every 3 weeks to 4 weeks from Spring to Summer for faster growth. Alternatively, use a slow-release fertilizer 3 times a year. Halt fertilizing from the Fall to Winter, then begin again in the Spring. Do not allow fertilizer to clump, be sure to disperse evenly. Clumped fertilizer can potentially burn roots, potentially harming or killing a plant. Avoid getting fertilizer on the leaves, flowers, stems, and trunk.
FLOWER White, bell-shaped
MONTH OF COLOR Blooms profusely February to April.
FRUIT Ready from April to May. Dark blue, medium-sized fruit. Identified by five point crown Good firmness.
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.) Allergic reactions are very rare.
COMMENTS New variety, growing shorter than most. Produces a consistently large yield of blueberries for 6 weeks, as with Jewel. Self fertile, however having 2 different varieties of blueberry plants that bloom at the same time cross pollinate will result in higher fruit yield and bigger, sweeter blueberries. Needs 100 to 300 chill hours, highest within our limits for Brevard county. A healthy, mature plant can produce 8 pounds to 10 pounds of fruit every season. Blueberries will grow well in areas with thriving azaleas, camellias, gardenias, ixoras, blackberries, raspberries, and other “acid-loving” plants. Install plant spacing every 4′ for a dense hedge or every 6′ for space between plants. Place plants away from the roots of trees (except pine trees) and at least 10′ away from any building foundation. Released by U.F. in 2007. Newer to the commercial market.
PRICE 7 gallon $25, 3 gallon $15