The Powderblue Blueberry bush is a Rabbiteye variety. Rabbiteye blueberry bushes are well suited to grow in the Southeastern US due to their vigorous growing habits and ability to withstand heat. This type of blueberry bush is easy to grow due to their low maintenance requirements and few pest issues.
Powderblue Blueberry Bush Features
The Powderblue Blueberry gets its name from the powder blue blush that the berries gain upon ripening. It is actually one of the toughest blueberry plants with a late ripening season. The Powderblue blueberry bush has an upright growing habit that can reach a height and width of 8-12 feet. Blooms form in late spring with a harvest in late summer. The blueberries are medium sized, firm, and packed with juicy, sweet flavor.
Powderblue Blueberry Bush Landscape Ideas
The Powderblue Blueberry bush is a great plant to use in any landscape design as long as all the plants needs are met. This shrub displays multi-season interests. Spring delivers a beautiful shrub covered in blushing white blooms, while summer boasts lovely, rich green foliage. The foliage is great when using this shrub as a hedge. The fall foliage features beautiful shades of reds and yellows, which provide great contrast when used in a mass plantings.
How to Care for the Powderblue Blueberry Bush
Blueberries need optimum sunlight and acidic soil. If these needs are not met, this plant will not perform well. Rabbiteye blueberry plants need an extra blueberry plant to allow cross pollination to occur. A great pollinizer to plant with the Powderblue blueberry bush would be the Tifblue. Blueberry plants do not require regular pruning, but if it is needed, prune in late winter. Once your blueberry bush is established, prune away low lying and dead branches before spring to ensure that healthy new growth is maintained.
Comparison Chart for Blueberry Bushes
|Blueberry Bush||Ripening Season||Needs Pollinator||Grow Zones||Fruit Descriptions||Suggested Pollinator|
|Premier||Late May-Early June||Yes||6-9||Large Berries, light blue color, and excellent flavor||Tifblue|
|Climax||Late May-Early June||Yes||7-9||Medium sized berries and sweet flavor||Premier, Tifblue|
|Tifblue||Late June-July||Yes||7-9||Medium sized berries, light blue color, sweet and tart flavor||Brightwell|
|Georgia Gem||May-June||No but recommended||7-9||Medium sized berries, sweet flavor with a hint of tart||Any|
|Powderblue||Late June-Late July||Yes||7-9||Medium-large sized berries. Light blue color and sweet flavor||Tifblue, Brightwell|
|Brightwell||Early June-Early July||Yes||6-9||Medium-large sized berries. Light blue color and sweet flavor||Premier|
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, CA|
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Part Sun|
|Mature Height||6-8 Feet|
|Mature Width||6-10 Feet|
|Botanical Name||POWDERBLUE Vaccinium ashei|
Questions and Answers
Planting & Care
How to Plant & Care for Your new Powderblue Blueberry Bush
When planting your Powderblue Blueberry be sure to choose the right location and conditions for your new plant to thrive. Spring and Fall are ideal times to plant. However, if you avoid extreme temperatures you can plant your Blueberry almost any time of the year.
Blueberry shrubs thrive in full sun and well-drained, moist, acidic soil. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil amend with compost, elemental sulfur, or use fertilizers specific for acid loving plants. Mulching with pine straw or pine bark will help over time as they begin to break down, but are not an immediate solution. To improve drainage in something like a heavy clay soil, add compost and be sure to loosen up the soil well before planting. Water deeply when planting and 2-3 times weekly for 3 months while your Blueberry plant is establishing. During the growing and fruiting seasons, a blueberry will do best if the soil is kept moist. Adding a layer of 2 to 3 inches of mulch is highly recommended for Blueberry bushes. Mulching helps to maintain soil moisture and gives added protection during extreme temperatures. Fertilize in spring with a balanced, slow release fertilizer like 10-10-10, preferably for acid loving plants. Bluberries grown in containers will need fertilized 3 or 4 times per year during the growing season as nutrients leech out of the pot when you water. Prune your Blueberries in late winter to remove any dead, dying, or crowded branches and to maintain size. The Powderblue variety requires a pollinator, like Tifblue or Brightwell, to produce a good crop of berries.
The best way to prevent disease and pests is by providing the appropriate care for your plants. Proper location choice, watering, and fertilization are the keys to your success. The biggest pests of blueberries is birds. You can put up bird netting to protect your crop. If positioned properly, this is an extemely effective deterrent. Most insect pests feed on the leaves of blueberries. You can treat most of these pests naturally with horticultural oil, neem oil, or insecticidal soap. Blueberry Bushes can occasionally encounter fungal issues. Generally, treating after infection isn't extremely effective, so if you have problems yearly treat in early spring with fungicides to prevent infection. Neem Oil is an organic method of treating and preventing some fungal diseases and pests. The entire shrub must be coated in order for this method to be effective.
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Dig a hole twice the width of the root ball. Position your plant in the hole. Make sure the top of the root ball is slightly higher than the original grade of the bed. Also check to make sure it is straight from all sides.
Fill up hole with water before placing new plant in hole in order to saturate the surrounding soil. Once the water is absorbed place your plant in the hole and water thoroughly.
Mix the potting soil and the soil removed from the hole. Start by backfilling soil around the root ball. Carefully pack in the soil to remove any air pockets. Water plant thoroughly again until the soil will not hold any more water. This will ensure that your new plant will be a success.
Fertilize around your plant with the amount recommended on the package. Our special Fertilizer contains all of the nutrients to keep your plants growing and healthy. Repeat every 3 months.
Finish up by mulching around your new plant. Apply 2 - 3 inches of mulch around the plant and plant bed. Mulch will help keep the soil moist and keep weeds out.
Keep watered with a hose every 2-3 days for 2 weeks. This is critical for plant survival. In the third week, begin to water as needed depending on the weather. Always check by placing your finger under the mulch to see if the soil is moist.
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