BLUEBERRY – JEWEL

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COMMON NAME Jewel Blueberry
BOTANICAL NAME Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Jewel’
HEIGHT 4′ to 6′
WIDTH 4′
MONOECIOUS
EVERGREEN
LIFESPAN 40+ years
PERENNIAL
COLD TOLERANCE 5° F
CHILL HOURS 200 to 300
SOIL TYPE Well drained
WATER REQUIREMENTS Water after planting in ground, and water 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.
DROUGHT TOLERANCE Medium
SALT TOLERANCE No
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 February to April.
FRUIT Ready from April to May. Blue, medium-sized fruit. Identified by five point crown
ALLERGENS, TOXICITY AND ANIMALS Non-toxic to animals. (Dogs, cats, horses, humans.) Allergic reactions are very rare.
COMMENTS High yielding plant that produces a high quality fruit. Produces a consistently large yield of blueberries for 6 weeks, as with Farthing. Early season crop like the Emerald variety, making them excellent partners for cross pollination. Self fertile, however having 2 different varieties of blueberry plants that bloom at the same time cross pollinate with one another will result in higher fruit yield with bigger, sweeter blueberries. Good for Brevard county, only needs 200 to 300 chill hours. 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. Major cultivator of the 2000s.
PRICE 7 gallon $25, 3 gallon $15