The Georgia Gem blueberry bush is a Southern High bush variety that grows well the southern US. The Southern High Bush Blueberry plants were hybridized for their superior fruit, soil adaptability, and heat tolerance. Southern High bush blueberries do not require a second blueberry plant because they are self-fertilizing, which is great if you have limited planting space.
The Georgia Gem Blueberry bush is an excellent choice if you want to grow your own fruit. It withstands high temperatures and does not require a second plant for cross pollination. The Georgia Gem produces blooms in early spring, and will have ripe berries in early May to June. This bush grows 6-8 ft tall and wide and has dark green foliage.
The Georgia Gem Blueberry bush makes a great landscape shrub. It can be used alone as a specimen shrub or planted in a group with other blueberry plants. If you desire to plant it with other blueberry bushes, it will benefit from cross pollination and you will be left with a higher fruit yield. The size of this bush also makes it great to use as a hedge.
|Shipping Restriction||AZ, CA|
|Grows in Zones||7, 8, 9|
|Mature Height||6-8 Feet|
|Mature Width||5-6 Feet|
|Botanical Name||Vaccinium corymbosum 'Georgia Gem'|
How To Care for your new Georgia Gem Blueberry Bush
When planting your Georgia Gem 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 bush almost any time of the year.
Blueberry shrubs thrive in full sun and well-drained, moist, acidic soil. Blueberries grow best in a pH of 4.5 to 5.5. If you have alkaline soil, be sure to amend your soil. To acidify your soil, amend with compost, elemental sulfur. 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 when planting and in spring with our balanced, slow release fertilizer. Blueberries 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 Georgia Gem blueberry variety does not require a pollinator.
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 are birds. You can put up bird netting to protect your crop. If positioned properly, this is an extremely 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 1-2 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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