Blueberries have been a hit in our gardens for the last few years. Their taste is popular, they have versatile uses, health benefits, vitamins, antioxidants and much more. Mature bushes can give us more than 8 kilograms of fruit. It is quite common for customers to choose from small bushes in small pots when buying blueberries, but this means that even after planting, they are left to wait for the plant to come into fruition. The solution may thus be to be able to grow healthy, large bushes between 60 and 90 centimetres high in 2 litre containers. Blueberries that look believable in their size on delivery and, most importantly, yield much earlier. Large blueberries ideal for those who want to enjoy the harvest as soon as possible. And with all the advantages of the different varieties we can encounter.

What is there to know about blueberries?

Blueberries are not demanding plants. If you give them acidic soil (pH value, or use commercially available peat with an acid pH) and fertiliser adapted to the needs of blueberries, of which there are quite a few types on the market from different manufacturers, they will reward you with a tasty harvest. The plant is hardy, with excellent frost-resistance properties, as well as when flowering.

Buying blueberries in a container gives the future owner the opportunity to plant them at any time during the non-freezing months. It is also easy to see how vigorous the plant is, as a healthy plant with foliage will not easily cover dead branches. Such a large plant will show itself in all its glory. Depending on the time of year you buy it, it may be in flower or even with fruit on the branches. It is ideal to cut them back after the branches have grown in their third year, which will encourage further thickening. The custom is to strip young plants of flowers to encourage more vigorous growth.

Several large varieties on offer

Choose from the following large varieties which suit you best in terms of flowering time, harvesting, yield or size.

Early variety Northland

Northland is one of those varieties that have been established in Slovakia for several years. We classify it as early, as the fruit ripens in early summer. The leaves of the bush turn red in autumn. The variety offers its owner tasty fruits and excellent resistance properties.

Blueberry Bluecrop

A relatively widespread and world-famous species of blueberry, Bluecorp is classified as a medium-early variety. Fruits can be picked in mid-July, although this figure may be wider due to the gradual ripening of the fruit. The fully hardy variety grows to a height of 1.8 metres. A vigorous mature plant can comfortably produce more than 7 kilograms of fruit. The plant needs a pollinator, ideally another variety of blueberry. However, those that have the same flowering period and are therefore medium early, such as Bluegold, Chandler, Chanticleer and others, are recommended.

Chanticleer, medium early variety

Chanticleer is considered a medium-early or very early variety that grows to a maximum height of 160 centimetres. A maximum of 8 kg of fruit can be obtained from an adult plant, which ripens in the first half of July. It has all the characteristics of hardiness that we expect in blueberries. It can be pollinated by the relatively widespread Patriot or Bluecorp varieties. The earlier pollinator you get, the better.

Blueberry Nelson

The medium-late variety is a popular cultivar originally from the USA called Nelson. The plant reaches a height of about 150 centimetres. The large, tasty fruits in clusters do not fall off on their own and are also characterised by a certain resistance to storage and transport. As a medium-early species, the fruit ripens in late July, early August. Resistance is reported as low as -40°C.

Denise Blue

An interesting variety bred in Australia is the medium-early Denise Blue, whose blueberries grow mostly in dense clusters. They are light blue, firm and have a very sweet flavour. It flowers in May. The fruit can be picked in August. It ripens about 10 days after other medium-early varieties such as Bluecorp. They have good firmness and resistance for transport and storage.

Late variety Brigitta

The large-fruited blueberry variety ripens in late August to September. It thus belongs to the group of late blueberries. Suitable pollinators may be Bonifacy, Liberty and others.

Late variety Bonifacy

The Bonifacy variety has fruit up to about 2 centimetres in size. The bush can reach two metres and this also means high yields for the adult plant. Bonifacy is a late variety that produces tasty, aromatic fruit from mid-August until September. Brigitta, Liberty and other varieties can be suitable pollinators

American Blueberry Liberty

The late variety Liberty blueberry originated in the United States. It grows to a height of about 150 centimetres. The large, aromatic, pleasant-tasting berries require an ideal sunny position. It is self-pollinating to a certain extent, but nevertheless requires several plants or a pollinator of a different kind from the late varieties for the necessary effect and yield.