35 Organic ONeal Blueberry Seeds -  best-flavored, Very sweet and firm

35 Organic ONeal Blueberry Seeds - best-flavored, Very sweet and firm

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Organic O’Neal Blueberry Seeds
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Description: Considered best-flavored Southern Highbush! Very sweet and firm, large O’Neal berries are held up by many as the best-flavored of the Southern Highbush varieties. From mid May through mid June, the 4- to 6-ft. bushes are covered in delicious, medium blue berries. Attractive green-gray foliage turns to shades of orange to wine in fall. Wonderful for southern gardens, but is hardy as far North as zone 3
USDA Zones: 3-9
Height: 4-6 ft
Spacing: 6 ft
Depth: Plant at the same depth as in the nursery
Spread: 4-6 ft
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Pollinator: Self-but plant another variety for better yields
Yield: Varies
Color: Yellow/White
Watering: Blueberry bushes have very shallow root systems and are very sensitive to water fluctuations. They need at least 1 to 2 inches of water per week. In dry seasons, supplemental watering is essential to obtain good yields of high quality products. However, do not apply water after early September unless soil is very dry.
Starting Blueberries: Usually you will need to add a soil amendment like peat moss to get the pH that low, which is usually good as the additional humus introduced will help in drainage as well. You may need to add another amendment like sulfur to get the pH into the desired range. The soil should be a loamy mix, about 4-7 % organic matter. Blueberries have shallow roots and so drainage is important. If you have a clay soil or poor drainage you may want to consider raised garden beds for your blueberries. As an alternative you can consider hilling up around the plants. And compost is always a good thing to introduce into your soil preparation.
Fertilizer: Organic fertilizer that balances out at 10 – 10 – 10 (P, Ca, Mg) works the best. As always, compost will do this for you if you have a ready supply.
Pruning: There are some varying thoughts on pruning. Early pruning develops a very dense blueberry bush that will bear more fruit, however, it is thought, at the cost of hardiness. Not pruning heavily, allows the blueberry bush to attain a natural look and still allows heavy bearing of blueberry fruits. Thinning is always recommended for proper blueberry plant health and blueberry fruit production.
Harvesting: To pick by hand, gently roll berries between your thumb and forefinger, removing fully ripe berries and leaving unripe berries for the next picking. A picker can collect berries in an open container attached to a belt or cord at waist level. This frees both hands for picking. Blueberry fruits may be picked 2 to 4 times per season.
Soil pH: 4.0 to 4.7
Foliage: Medium green, glossy-reddish in the fall
Blooms: Spring to May
Fruit: Small to medium sized berries, popping crisp texture, deep dusky blue-purple color, firm, round.
Comments: Unique and by far the best flavor of any blueberry. Sweet with a hint of peach flavor. popping crisp, even better with refrigeration, Large vigorous plants, absolutely loaded with fruit.
Health Information: The dye that is released from the blueberries' skin may well be the most valuable nutrient the fruit has to offer. The pigments in blueberries and also in red crops such as cherries, plums, and red cabbage are powerful antioxidants. They have been determined to be a much-heralded chemical warrior against heart disease and also cancer. Blueberries actually have the highest antioxidant capacity because of their large anthocyanin concentration.
Blueberries are not only a powerful antioxidant but also have been proved to preserve vision. Blueberry extract, high in compounds called anthocyanosides, has been found in clinical studies to slow down visual loss.
Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. In the 1990s and Early 2000s researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals.
Researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.

Materials: Organic Oneal Blueberry Seeds