Blackberries are so easy to grow against a sunny wall and will do well in any garden. They will usually give bowlfuls of fruit from late august onwards. The foliage has an attractive bright green 'parsley-leaf' appearance which turns to bright autumn tints in the late season. - Requires 2.4m (8ft) of wall space.
A vigorous, spreading bush with large, pale green berries which are good for both culinary and dessert use. It is one of the most popular gooseberries grown due to heavy yields and resistance to American gooseberry mildew. Gooseberries are easy to grow shrubs for any size garden and are usually the first bush fruit to be picked. Grow them as bushes, fans, espaliers, cordons or even standards.
- Position: full sun, but some shading needed in very hot weather
- Soil: any well-drained soil
- Rate of growth: average
- Other features: large, pale green berries (late July)
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Prepare the ground well before planting. Remove all weeds and dig in plenty of well-rotted manure in to the area. Once planted, apply a mulch of well-rotted manure every spring, as well as a nitrogen and potassium fertiliser. Make sure the plant is watered in dry weather and net the bushes to protect the fruit from birds. In the first year, prune shoots back by half to three-quarters to an outward-facing bud in winter. After that prune out weak and older branches only.
Vaccinium Corymbosum ' Northland ' blueberry plant is a large early producing spreading shrub, it produces large light to medium coloured blue berries, matched with an excellent flavour that resembles wild blueberries.
Blueberry Vaccinium plants produce fruit that grows on old wood, and are self fertile,
Northland blueberry bushes flower in May and produce an abundance medium to large sized fruits.
It is an early producing variety, It makes an excellent choice for bakers as the fruits it produces have a high sugar content
It is one of the most winter hardy and reliable croppers available it has been known to produce fruits after withstanding winter temperatures of -30 and can when fully mature produce upto 10Kg per bush.
- Early/Mid Producing - July
- Fresh Sweet berries
- Northland blueberry is a large reliable heavy cropping variety.
- One of the most winter hardy varieties to -30
- Medium sized fruits with a "Wild" flavour
Blueberry 'Pink Lemonade' is a relatively new variety of blueperry. It will produce delicious pink blueberries! It is a very easy variety to grow as it is self fertile. Fruits will form after the bell shaped pinkish white flowers which will appear in spring. This is a mid to late season blueberry that has a lovely mild flavour.
How to care for Blueberries
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.
Blueberries, Vaccinium corymbosum, are perfect for the vegetable patch and ornamental garden. The plants themselves are gorgeous – neat and compact, bearing pretty white flowers in spring and delicious berries in summer. In autumn their leaves turn a rich orange-red before falling.
For best results, blueberries should be grown in acidic soil, in conjunction with at least one pollination partner (they are often sold in threes). Blueberries are perfect for growing in pots and make a great addition to a sunny patio.
The delicious berries are regarded as a ‘super fruit', owing to their extremely high levels of antioxidants.
Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop' is an excellent mid-season variety of blueberry, bearing masses of rich, sweet-tasting fruit in August. ‘Bluecrop' is self fertile, but for best results grow with a pollination partner.
How to grow Vaccinium 'Bluecrop'
- Eventual Plant size: 1.2m height & 90cm spread
- Aspect: South facing, west facing
- Position in border: Front, middle
- Sun exposure: Full sun
- Hardiness: Hardy
- Soil type: Acidic
- Plant care: Needs regular watering in pots
- Flowers March/April
- Harvest: July/August
- Pot size: 3 Litre
Vaccinium 'Bluecrop' and wildlife
- Vaccinium 'Bluecrop' is known for attracting bees with it's nectar-pollen-rich-flowers.
- Beneficial for insects, birds, butterflies/ moths and other pollinators.