Blueberry 'Blue Jay' - ShrubVaccinium corybosum 'Blue Jay'
Healthy and very tasty!
Early variety. Giant Blueberries 'Bluejay' (Vaccinium Corymbosum) are also known as 'Queen of the berries'. These are surely the best of all berries and are favourites with gardeners and cooks alike. Pinkish-white flowers appear in April-May followed by berries in July-August. The berries are tasty and very nutritious and have medicinal properties. Not self fertile. Plant 2-3 bushes together.Show more
Planting and flowering details
Show morePrepare a suitable hole 30 x 30 x 30 cm for your Giant Blueberry 'Bluejay'. They need a moisture-retentive, acid soil so improve your soil with ericaceous compost. Make sure the root ball of Giant Blueberry 'Bluejay' is well-moistened before planting by soaking it in a bucket of lukewarm water. Plant the Blueberry at the appropriate depth in the hole. The top of the root ball should be just slightly below ground level. Fill the hole with soil and press firmly. Water immediately after planting. Plant the bushes 1.5 m apart. Plant this bush in a sunny or partially shady area. Shade is quite well-tolerated.
Blueberries in a large planterDid you know that a blueberry bush will also thrive in a large planter on your patio or decking? A blueberry bush in a planter will remain somewhat more compact so of course it's perfectly suitable for on the patio/decking. And you can always prune it too.
Do choose a nice sturdy planter. Layer the base with potsherds or even a couple of bricks for weight then fill about 2/3 with potting compost with some added sand and normal garden soil. Remove the blueberry bush from its nursery pot and plant it with the roots spread out a little. Fill up with more of the same potting compost. Press well in. Leave a good 4 cm space from top of soil to the edge of the pot, for watering. Water generously then stand your large planter with blueberry bush in a nice sunny spot.
Show moreFeed the Giant Blueberries 'Bluejay' during the year with a fertiliser that contains no calcium (such as potassium sulphate), and provide it with some compost. Shade is well-tolerated. Give the plant extra water during dry periods, ideally they prefer rain water. When the beautiful blueberries are slightly soft when touched and a nice blue, they can be picked. In June you will be rewarded with your first pickings, and August will be the end of the fruiting season. They can be eaten fresh, but they are also ideal for jam making. Freezing berries is also possible. You rarely need to prune blueberries. Keep about six to eight branches on each bush. Remove the oldest branches to allow new shoots to grow.
Blueberries in the winterBlueberry bushes are perfectly hardy and can basically manage through the winter without extra protection. However, potted bushes are of course more sensitive to frost so we advise standing the pot in a sheltered spot over the winter. An unheated shed for a short while would be ok too.
Show moreGiant Blueberry 'Bluejay' is a shrub that can easily grow to be two metres tall. In the spring, it blooms with attractive white-pink flowers. In the autumn, you can admire its striking autumn colours. The large blueberries produced have firm flesh and are very tasty. 'Bluejay' makes the best kind of berry jam, which is a must for the kitchen cupboard! Blueberries are very healthy as well as being high in vitamin C.The family name Vaccinium has two meanings: 1) it's the old name for Blueberry. 2) from 'vacca' (L. = cow) and baccinium/bacca (L. = berries); so 'cow berries', a type of berry much enjoyed by cows. The variety notation corymbosum means bouquet or bunch, referring to the cluster of flowers when in bloom. This is why these shrubs are also known as cluster blueberries.
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Latin name Vaccinium corybosum 'Blue Jay' Delivery type Supplied as container plant Guarantee 5 years guarantee Color Green, Blue Light preference full sun , partial sun Flowering period May - June Harvesting period July - September Growing height 150 - 200 cm Planting distance 100 - 150 cm