35 Organic Semi-Dwarf Northland Blueberry Seeds -  Big berries bursting with flavor! As big on flavor as they are in size

35 Organic Semi-Dwarf Northland Blueberry Seeds - Big berries bursting with flavor! As big on flavor as they are in size

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Organic Semi-Dwarf Northland Blueberry Seeds
Description: Big berries bursting with flavor! Berries are as big on flavor as they are in size. Intensely richtasting fruits ripen early July. Extra-hardy plants tolerate subzero temps. Compact bush is great for small places; it grows to only 3-4 ft. at maturity.
USDA Zones: 3-7
Height: 3-4 foot
Spacing: 3 ½ - 4 ft apart in rows 12 ft apart
Depth: plant at the same depth as in the nursery
Spread: 3-4 foot
Sun/Shade: Full Sun
Pollinator: Self-pollinator
Yield: 15-20 pounds per plant
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.
Soil pH: 4.0 to 4.7
Fertilizer: Organic fertilizer that balances out at 10 – 10 – 10 works the best. As always, compost will do this for you if you have a ready supply.
Foliage: Large, waxy, deep green. Turns orange/red in the Fall.
Blooms: May
Fruit: small, juicy, light blue berries
Comments: One of the highest in healthful antioxidants. Large fruit with intensely rich flavor. Ripens in early July. The highest antioxidant capacity of all fresh 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 Semi Dwarf Northland Blueberry Seeds