35 Organic Sunshine Blueberry Seeds - The perfect edible ornamental!  lustrous foliage and showy hot pink blooms

35 Organic Sunshine Blueberry Seeds - The perfect edible ornamental! lustrous foliage and showy hot pink blooms

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Organic Sunshine Blue Blueberry Seeds
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Description: The perfect edible ornamental! Semi-dwarf evergreen plants grow just 3-4 ft. with lustrous foliage and showy hot pink blooms. Sweet, medium-sized berries begin to ripen in late June with a very long fruiting period. Sunshine Blue needs less cold weather than many blueberries to produce fruit. It can be grown far into the South, but the plant is very cold hardy and tough enough for the North. It also tolerates lower acid soil than most.
USDA Zones: 5-10.
Height: 3-4'
Spacing: 3-4'
Depth: plant at the same depth as in the nursery
Spread: 3-4'
Sun/Shade: Sun to partial Shade
Pollinator: Other blueberries, but not necessary; better with pollinators
Yield: Medium
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: Blue-green, burgandy fall foliage
Blooms: spring
Fruit: Medium fruit size, sweet flavor, dark blue
Comments: For gardens from San Diego to Seattle, Sunshine Blue has it all. Tjos semi-dwarf, versatile evergreen blueberry features showy hot pink flowers that fade to white in spring, yielding large crops of delicious berries. Sunshine Blue tolerates higher pH soils better than many other blueberries and it is self-pollinizing. The low chilling requirement of 150 hours makes it suitable for Southern California, but we find it is surprisingly cold-hardy and a wonderful addition to our gardens here in the Pacific Northwest. Excellent ornamental variety. Sweet medium sized berries.
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 Sunshine Blueberry Seeds