The Best Rabbiteye Blueberry is the Tiftblue Blueberry.
The Tift Blue Blueberry bushes produce berry fruit that is medium sized, light blue. A strong growing Rabbiteye Blueberry that produces a higher yield than other southern varieites.
Vaccinium virgatum 'Tiftblue' requires 600 to 700 hours chilling time (spending time in 45 to 32 degrees temperatures). Typically blooms late March to early April (zones 6 to 8) with berries ripening in July. Berries often remain tart until fully ripe when they turn sweet. Mature plants typically produce 10 to 20 pounds of berries.
Soil and Climate for Rabbiteye Blueberries
Rabbiteye requires soil pH of 4.0 to 5.0 for best growth. Does not live well in pH above 5.5 pH. Plant this variety in good loamy soil with heavy mulching. Sandy soil and heavy clay soils are not good for this plant.
Pollination for Rabbiteye Blueberries
The Tiftblue requires another variety for cross-pollination.
Spacing and Planting for Rabbiteye Blueberries
Add good organic matter to the soil before planting. Shredded pink bark, peat moss and compost are good choices for organic matter. Remove from container and plant so top of soil from container sits slightly above soil level. Water well to remove air pockets in soil. Add soil to refill as necessary keeping top above ground level. Do not apply fertilizer until plant begins to put on new growth. Space blueberry bushes approximately 7 feet apart so they do not crowd.
Pollinator for Tiftblue Blueberry Bushes
Plant the Climax Blueberry Shrubs for cross-pollinating your Tiftblue Blueberries. For zones 6 to 9, the Climax Blueberry only requires 400 to 450 chill hours. As with other rabbiteye blueberry bushes, the Climax tolerates heat and humidity. Plant in full sun in loamy soil. It's dark blue berries are delicious fresh, for baking, freezing, making juices, jams and jellies. Plant one Climax Blueberry for every 4 Tiftblue Blueberries to cross pollinate.
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Tiftblue and Climax Blueberry Plants are grown as 1 to 2 foot tall container grown plants.
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