Rabbiteye Blueberry Powderblue

Vaccinium ashei 'Powderblue'

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Water Needs: Medium Sun Requirements: Sun Sun Requirements: Semi-shade Size: Large

Description


RABBITEYE BLUEBERRY - POWDERBLUE; exotic shrub up to 2m tall and at least 1m in width; this is a very ornamental blueberry bush with attractive flowers and foliage; evergreen in all but the coldest areas; it has high productivity and carries masses of fruit; the fruit is carried well thanks to wind resistance and over a long period; the fruit is of a high quality, with the archetypical blueberry taste being present, and is dark blue, of good size and sweet; harvest the berries during early to mid summer (December and January); medium growth rate and will begin bearing heavily from the age of between three and five years; the pretty pink and white flowers are borne from mid winter; prune the plants as soon as you have completed harvesting the fruit; ensure the growth medium drains well as blueberries detest waterlogged soil and wet roots; this variety does well in the colder high lying areas of the Western Cape including, but not limited to Franschhoek, Paarl and Stellenbosch.

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Jan 11 2015, 03:12 PM
saan jarley
I would like to buy a few cymbidium orchids please help.thank you.my location wetton cape
Jan 12 2015, 12:38 PM
Rod
Not sure how this Question on Cymbidium Orchids got posted under the Blueberry Product article! But you have two choices to buy your Cymbidium Orchids : (1) Just purchase them from any of the bigger retail nurseries, who very often have stock of them or (2) Find a specialist Orchid Grower somewhere near you via the Internet - I know there was someone on the road between Stellenbosch and Somerset West.
Nov 07 2014, 04:05 PM
Anonymous
hi i live in Durbanville, Cape Town. i recently bought 2 powder blue blueberry bushes and have planted them in an elevated flower bed . i know that they need acidic soil but i have been struggling. i have tried acid blend peat moss and even vinegar but my soil pH remains between 7.0 and 6,5. i am unable to find an acidic compost in my area. i have two questions. 1 are powder blue blueberries the same as rabbiteyes. 2 can they survive in soil with a pH of between 7.0 and 6.5 if not what are your sudjestions. pls only reply via email
Nov 11 2014, 01:33 PM
Rod
There are three main types of Blueberries : Southern Highbush, Northern Highbush and Rabbiteye. Powder Blue is a Southern Highbush variety. Generally, the Southern Highbush in South Africa is recommended at altitudes less than 800m and where it is warmer, while the Northern Highbush does better at altitudes above 800m and where there are cold climatic conditions at times. I recall reading or hearing recently that Blueberries require a pH of between 4.5 and 5.5. What I can say for sure is that people propagating them, and growing them, struggle if they don't get the soil conditions just right. Our previous Blueberry grower recommended a 50:50 mix of milled composted pine bark and acid potting soil, so that's what you need to aim for. Peat is one of the components known to acidify soil. I understand that sulphur will also lower the soil pH. Acid loving plants such as azaleas, rhododendrons and hydrangeas are often mulched with pine needles, so perhaps you could try that too. I'll update this Response if I find out anything more regarding methods of acidifying soil. And I will copy this Response to you via email.
May 21 2014, 12:17 PM
anoop
where can i buy some of the rabbitteye blueberries
Jun 30 2014, 10:50 AM
Rod
You have been waiting patiently for this Response - thank you! Hopefully it will still be useful to you. I conveyed your Question to our Blueberry grower/expert and I am copying his reply to you below, in quotes. eGardens has become a reference-only website and no longer sells plants, trees or seed, so should you wish to purchase Blueberries, please email me on rod@egardens.co.za and I will try to set this up with the grower.
"Why do you want Rabbit eye? I have Brightwell & Powderblue. Will depend on where you live if they will grow due to chill units."
Aug 02 2013, 02:32 PM
Cobus Jordaan
Good afternoon,
I live in De Doorns Western Cape, I'm interested in buying about 10 trees of each of the
Rabbiteye Blueberry Brightwell
Rabbiteye Blueberry Powderblue
Southern Highbush Blueberry Chandler
Southern Highbush Blueberry Misty
Southern Highbush Blueberry Sharpblue.
I would just like to know the age of the bushes and little bit more information about blueberries all in all. I want to grow them in my garden and want to see which blueberries grow best here.
Thank you very much and looking forward to hearing from you
Cobus Jordaan
Aug 05 2013, 09:46 PM
Deon
De Doorns is a late table grape area with plenty of chill.
All those varieties will grow well there but there are a few better ones given that climate. Legacy, Bluegold & Duke would also grow well there.

For the ripening times in that area:
Misty – Mid Nov; Sharpblue – End Nov; Chandler – Mid Dec; Brightwell – early Dec; Powderblue - Late Dec – early Jan

The seedling plugs we supply contain plants that are 10cm tall.

The planting and care instructions are as follows:
It will depend on whether you intend keeping them in pots or planting them in the soil. In both cases, they will need to spend some time in a 3 litre bag / pot until they are 30cm tall.
If you choose to keep them permanently in a pot then choose at least a 45l pot from the outset, although they will be fine if kept in a 3l bag until they are about 30cm tall & then move them into the biggest pot you can – ½ wine barrel / 45l pot is great.
Fill the bag / pot with a 50:50 mix of composted shredded pine bark & acid potting soil.
Then plant the small plant in that mix. When it has reached approx. 30cm tall, you can transplant them either into the soil or into a bigger pot.
They require about 200ml of water each day until they are quite tall. Then you can increase the watering. Don’t over water when they are small as their leaf surface is tiny and they will not take up all the water.
After 3 weeks (look for new shoots starting to develop), add a little (1 tsp) of acid loving fertiliser – Azalea mix, every two weeks or a Tbsp (Small closed handful) of Neutrog / organic fertiliser every 3 weeks. Water the fertiliser in after each application by giving the plants their usual amount of water i.e. 200ml.
When they are ready for the soil, you need to make a planting hole about 1 – 1.5 m2 and 50cm deep. Pour the same potting mix, 50:50 acid potting soil & pine bark, into that hole, creating a slight mound. Remove the 3 litre bag and plant the bush into the centre of that mound.
Keep watering approx. 300 – 450ml a day or approx. a litre every two days.
Feeding should be during the spring & summer. Start when the plants show bud break or small shoots & stop in mid Dec. Give your plants a top up approx. 4 weeks after harvest of two applications of fertiliser spaced three weeks apart. This will ensure good reserves for the start of flowering.
May 14 2014, 08:20 AM
vivianne
Do you have any tips or advice over and beyond what you so diligently gave in the article here for the Rondevlei Garden Route area? Can blueberries stand sandy , slightly clayish soil if i use your planting recipe?
Jun 30 2014, 10:28 AM
Rod
Thank you for your patience in waiting for this Response - I do hope that it will still be useful to you. I conveyed your Question to our Blueberry grower/expert and I am copying his reply to you below, in quotes. eGardens has become a reference-only website and no longer sells plants, trees or seed, so should you wish to purchase Blueberries, please email me on rod@egardens.co.za and I will try to set this up with the grower.
"There are a number of growers in yr area. Clay isn’t a problem as long as the soil is well drained & the clay isn’t over 10%. Incorporate pine bark in the soil to at least 5%.Plant low chill cultivars – Misty, Sharpblue, Brightwell (BW only for home production)"

Flower Information

Category: Blueberries, Shrubs


  • Frost Hardy
  • Fruit Bearing
  • Main Flower Colour: Whites
  • Purpose: Landscaping to Attract Birds, Landscaping to Attract Butterflies, Colour in the Garden, Evergreen Plants, Fruit and Nut Trees, Kitchen Garden, Outdoor Pots, Plants with Berries
  • Theme: Kitchen Garden
  • Main Plant Colour: Mix
  • Planting Season: Summer, Autumn, Winter, Spring
  • Flowering Season: Winter

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