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Blueberry plants

Blueberry plants

Buy blueberry plants and grow them in your garden yourself! These delicious fruits are not only easy to cultivate and extremely versatile when used both fresh and processed, they are also so healthy that they should not be missing from any list of superfoods.

   
 
Blueberry Blautropf®

Blueberry with teardrop-shaped berries

From £9.40 *

Luberissima Blueberry Buddy Blue

The latest blueberry and pollinator for Pink Lemonade

£48.90 *

Luberissima Blueberry Pinkberry® Pink Lemonade®

Sweet berries and great decoration for every bog garden

£48.90 *

Luberissima Lowberry® Blueberry Little Blue Wonder

The robust and very compact blueberry

£48.90 *

Moreberry® blueberries: the best aromatic varieties together in one pot

Blueberry Blueroma® and blueberry Bluedessert®, Vaccinium corymbosum

£24.90 *

Moreberry® pinkberry: blue AND pink blueberries in one pot

Blueberry pinkberry Pink Lemonade® and blueberry Buddy Blue®, Vaccinium corymbosum

£24.90 *

   
 

More useful information about Blueberry plants

All this can of course also be achieved by simply buying and using the fruits. But as garden plants, blueberries offer so much more: more enjoyment, as the quality, is simply fresher and better, and the fruits are harvested fully ripe and not green. And finally, the decorative value is added: The fruits are not only delicious, but the blueberry plants are also beautiful. The reddish shoots, the extensive flowering with the beige-pink-green, bell-like flowers and the thick, blue fruits are followed in autumn by a spectacular autumn colouring that is second to none. Even the sometimes green, sometimes quite red to orange shoots in the winter are not without charm.

The famous priest Sebastian Kneipp (1821 to 1897) from Bad Wörrishofen demanded this: 'No house should be without a good portion of blueberries that is dried and stored for the year'. He was already several years ahead of his time because the taming of the wild blueberry, which we owe to the American botanist and pioneer Frederic Vernon Coville, was only successful years later. His successful breeding of the large blue cultivated blueberries on the basis of native wild fruits was first reported in the magazine National Geographic in 1912. And that Coville even started his blueberry breeding project in 1906 is only due to chance. The botanist and agronomist had bought a vacation residence in New Hampshire for the summer months, which was surrounded by blueberries and fascinated him to such an extent that he himself promoted the development of selected cultivated blueberries.

And today, they surprise us still, not only with their excellent taste, the inimitable aroma and the extraordinary types of varieties but also with their typical American size, which is hardly comparable to the forest blueberry.

 

Blueberry plant Little Blue Wonder
 

Buy Blueberry Plants - The Large Selection in the Lubera® Garden Shop

At Lubera® we are a little proud to be able to present our customers with a particularly well-balanced and very diverse range of excellent and at the same time easy to care for blueberry plant varieties, which ultimately also take into account the sometimes very individual taste preferences. The different species are suitable for both individual and group planting, they can be cultivated in containers, and become a real eye-catcher in a wild garden.

So, take your time to have a look around our shop, be inspired by our videos before buying blueberry plants and read our exciting articles in our garden book blog, where you will find a lot of interesting facts about our blueberry varieties.

We would like to present three of our bestselling plants already at this point, as a first suggestion and support when buying blueberries:

Blueberry Blueroma® (Vaccinium corymbosum): A sweet, hardy variety (final width: 100 to 120 cm; final height: 120 to 140 cm); very large, dark blueberries with a particularly intense blueberry aroma at high yields; white-flowering and with a particularly beautiful autumn colouring of the leaves in shades of red and yellow.

Blueberry Bluesbrothers (Vaccinium): A moderately sweet and hardy variety (final width and height each 100 to 120 cm;) medium-sized fruits with refreshing acidity (our most productive and compact variety); grey-white flowers with beautiful autumn colouring in various shades of red.

Blueberry Blautropf® (Vaccinium cylindraceum): Sweet-sour and very refreshing taste; semi-evergreen, conditionally hardy variety (final width: 20 to 40 cm; final height: 40 to 60 cm); special feature: elongated, drop-shaped berries (five to eight millimetres); it is best to buy several blueberries, as the fruits ripen continuously; red flowers and evergreen leaves.

Which Blueberry Plants to Buy? How Do I Find the Right Variety for My Garden?

Ultimately, the right questions have to be asked in order to choose the right variety - and suddenly it becomes quite clear, even in the large Lubera® blueberry assortment, which blueberry variety is suitable for your own garden and for your own project:

Pot or Bog?

In a pot you will tend to plant more compact varieties, in a bog bed you will tend to buy the higher growing blueberries. In a pot, the additional ornamental value is also very important, so varieties such as Blautropf® (compact with red flowers), Yelloberry® Blue (yellow leaves), Bluesbrothers (bushy, gigantic yield, more blue than green), Sunshine Blue (compact with pink flowers), Little Blue Wonder (super compact) are preferred.

Ripening time:

Blueberries can be harvested over a period of four months, so when buying blueberry plants you must, of course, take the ripening period into account. The following table shows the ripening sequence - of course without guarantee and without mathematical accuracy. It is also worth noticing that the later varieties ripen disproportionately later if the climate is a little worse than expected or after a rainy summer...

Variety

Flowering

Ripening

Remarks

Blautropf®

May

Mid-August until autumn

ripens continuously, longish and sweet-sour fruits

Duke

April

End of June to mid-July

moderately sweet, mild and very large fruits, regular high yields

Yelloberry Blue®

April

Mid-July

intensely sweet with very high yields, low acidity

Bluesbrothers

April

End July to end of August

our highest yielding, medium sweet variety with refreshing acid

Bluecrop

April

Middle to end of July

exceptionally high yield with mild but very aromatic berries

Waldheidelbeere Sylvana

March-April

July

sweet-sour, also blue on the inside; roundish and small berries (4 to 5 mm)

Rubel

April

Early August to mid-August

sweet-sour and fresh tasting fruits with intensive flavour

Sunshine Blue

April

July to August

sweet, light blue and medium-sized berries

Brigitta Blue

April

Mid-August to beginning September

large to very large, sweet-sour berries, regular high yields

Lowberry® Little Blue Wonder®

March

August to beginning September September

sweet-sour, sky blue fruits, very aromatic with high acidity

Huckleberry Pacific Spear

April

September

moderately sour berries with a taste similar to forest blueberries

Pink Lemonade®

April

Early August to mid-September

sweet, deep pink to pink berries when ripe

Blue Dessert®

April

Middle to end of August

medium sweet, aromatic fruit with an excellent flavour

Blueroma®

April

August

sweet, very aromatic with especially large berries, extremely dark blue

Buddy Blue

April

End August to mid-October

sweet-sour and medium to large berries (light blue), dense, high-yielding clusters

Evergreen or deciduous?

Buying evergreen blueberry plants naturally has its charm, as the most southern blueberry varieties also offer more colour in the winter... However, they are usually less hardy; their winter hardiness goes down to about -12°C and they must be protected at lower temperatures, also when the ground is frozen for a long time and the sun is shining. Semi-evergreen varieties are Blautropf®, Sunshine Blue, Buddy Blue, Pink Lemonade®.

Larger or Compact?

If you want to buy compact blueberries, Sunshine Blue, Little Blue Wonder and Blautropf® are the right choices. They are at most half as high as the classic cultivated blueberries.

Blueberry Plants for High Altitudes?

Is it possible to buy and cultivate blueberry plants if you live at higher altitudes? Up to 700 or 800 m above sea level, all cultivated blueberries that are deciduous and are mainly based on Vaccinium corymbosum are hardy. In very cold winters, a late-growing tip can freeze back - nothing more. These varieties are also grown outside without protection in our wintery tree nurseries in Switzerland and Northern Germany. For colder locations or for even more extreme altitudes, we recommend the Duke blueberry, which can be cultivated up to 1200 m in a good microclimate. The Vaccinium angustifolium variety Little Blue Wonder is also winter-hardy down to -30°C. However, it must be ensured that it does not sprout and blossom too early in the spring in a preferred location at high altitude...

Taste or Yield?

Of course, these are not really contrasting when buying blueberry plants, but they are different priorities that can influence the decision for a variety. Those who prefer the taste will plant Blueroma® or Blue Dessert®, plus Sunshine Blue and also Pink Lemonade® as additional outstanding tasting varieties. Bluesbrothers offers by far the highest yield per crown volume, so to speak, and the classic variety Bluecrop® is also very good in absolute yield.

How to Buy Large Blueberry Plants? What is the Right Plant Size for Me?

In the Lubera® plant shop you can buy three plant sizes of blueberries:

Strong young plants in 1.3 litre pots

These 2-year-old plants (if you count the cultivation of the young plant) are and remain young plants. They yield some berries in the first year only by chance, but they have bigger and more important things to do first: after planting, they have to grow, first of all, to develop volume. It takes about four years until the full yield has been reached. The advantages of young plants are as follows: price, easy transport, easy planting, ideal for larger plantings. These small blueberries will be bought by someone who is planning a bigger plant or who wants to accompany the small plant until the yield in a few years.

Strong plants in 5 litre pots

This is the standard size at Lubera®. These plants are usually three years old. They give a substantial yield immediately and the full yield is reached in two years.

Luberissima® solitary blueberry plants in 15 litre pots

These strongest plants in the Lubera® range are about 4-5 years old - and they are ready to go! They produce a full yield immediately and are especially suitable for impatient gardeners, for plantings that need to look like something immediately and also for potted plantings.

Cultivating Blueberry Plants Yourself!

Buying blueberry plants and then growing them in your own garden means much more than just enjoying a little nibble every now and then because the yields of our blueberry plants from the Lubera® Garden Shop are already impressive in their first year of harvest. With a skilful combination of different blueberry varieties, you will easily be able to create your own personal blueberry season, which can last a good four months. Our moderately sweet variety Duke already delivers its first and especially large fruits in June and with the late variety Buddy Blue you can spoil yourself and your loved ones at least until September. In addition to an incomparable taste experience, you can achieve a very high ornamental value in the garden with your own cultivation of the healthy and tasty power berries, as well as through the beauty of the plants, especially during their flowering period, with manageable care and a life expectancy of the shrubs, which is often up to 30 years.

If you have had to fall back on the very limited but therefore all the more expensive berries on offer in the supermarket, you will quickly notice the difference in taste, but also the unique freshness from the first berry you pick yourself. There are many good reasons to grow blueberries yourself from now on, which we have examined in detail for you in our blueberry dossier as part of a self-test.

Where and When To Plant

The ideal location for our vigorously growing shrubs from the Lubera® Garden Shop is quickly determined. The thick blue ones love the sun and don't mind a little shade at midday when the temperatures are high in the summer. Furthermore, blueberry plants prefer a wind-protected place in the garden, which can be found quickly on a built-up area or near already existing trees. Especially if you are planning several blueberry bushes, for example as a decorative hedge, a planting distance of 1 to 2 metres should be considered. Although blueberries do not mind a somewhat lower density, it only makes sense if the bushes are really freed from old wood later on and cut regularly. Blueberry plants appreciate good irrigation, which is extremely important especially during long dry periods, but they do not like or tolerate waterlogging. Avoid locations in depressions if possible, as too much water has a negative effect on the oxygen supply to the roots in the long term and in the worst case leads to rotting.

Although our hardy blueberry plants are particularly robust shrubs, some of which have been grown for three or four years and could theoretically be planted in a bed all year round. The best time for planting is between March and October. Detailed instructions and many insider tips can be found in the article descriptions of our blueberry plants, our brochure with growing instructions is included with your delivery free of charge after purchase, and the clarification of a perhaps still open question or an additional good tip from our trained consultant team is never further away than your mobile phone. Specialist questions are best asked using the question/answer tool integrated into the website, which you will find on every product page, but also on every category page, and where all questions can be answered by our experts (which is not always possible over the phone).

Create a Moor Bed, Then Sour Quickly Becomes Sweet

Does this sound mysterious, mystical or like a lot of work? It's not, and only once: your new blueberry plants appreciate life in a bog bed, as they have already enjoyed it for several months in our nursery. Even if it is occasionally claimed in relevant forums or by ignorant DIY store salespeople that you can save yourself the trouble of planting a bog bed, do not listen to this supposedly 'good advice'. Blueberries need acidic soil and will only grow healthy and with the desired high yields if the pH value is kept constant between 3.5 and 4.5. Neither the sure-fire advice of self-appointed gardening specialists nor the soil that has been laboriously brought in from the forest can help. Here is a bit of information related to bog beds:

  • A simple bog bed initially requires digging to a depth of about 80 centimetres. Length and width depend on the number of blueberry plants
  • The finished pit should be lined with stable plastic foil in order to keep the pH value inside constant
  • Finally, the pit should be filled up with bog soil and the planting can begin

We have included detailed instructions for making a bog bed and several videos on this subject in our blueberry dossier so that your plants will not only grow vigorously and healthily but will also produce the desired yields.

Pot Cultivation - A Mini Moor Bed for Blueberries

Little space or no garden at all? With our compact container plants, we deliver the bog bed in a miniature format at the same time, at least for the next few weeks.

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To get a first impression of what to expect when you choose blueberries from the Lubera® Garden Shop, take a closer look at the plants in the picture above. In the front left, one each of the almost 120 centimetres high, three-year-old Yelloberry® Blue, Blue Dessert® and Blueroma® in 14-litre containers, on the table (in the background) one each of Luberissima® Blautropf®, Bluesbrothers, Sunshine Blue and Little Blue Wonder, and right in front four of our Cranberry Red Balloon as vigorous plants (excellent for planting under bog plants) in 5-litre pots.

It is recommended that these blueberry plants if they are to be planted in pots, are placed in a larger planter with a capacity of at least 20 (better 40 or 50) litres. If you are afraid of the considerable costs of a terracotta pot, you can also use a mortar bucket from a DIY store. For repotting, however, it is essential to use bog soil. Before filling, small holes should be drilled in the bottom of the pot to allow rainwater to drain away as quickly as possible. Otherwise, please always use only stale and lime-free water from a rain barrel to water the plants. For an optimal position of the blueberries in the pot, just like in an open field, there should be sun to partial shade but without midday heat - otherwise use a shading device. In our experience, the soil in pots dries out particularly quickly, so on extremely hot days, you can water them twice.

As a fertiliser, which also plays an important role for potted plants, use slow release fertilisers if possible (e.g. Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser plus) instead of the mineral fertilisers for rhododendrons, which dissolve much too quickly and only have a short-term effect. Please never use so-called berry fertilisers, which are frequently offered in the trade and are not suitable for blueberries. You will also find many additional tips and useful videos on the subject of growing berry bushes in pots in our blueberry dossier.

Pruning Blueberries - An Often Frightening Topic!

Pruning obviously scares the gardener...Our pruning videos on YouTube are always the most popular with the most views. But pruning blueberries is not an obstacle to buying them and there is no acceptable excuse not to do it. Especially since the first cut is not due until the blueberry plant has been standing in your bog bed for at least two years anyway. With some varieties, depending on their size, you can wait until the third or fourth year at the earliest. The most important rule when pruning blueberries is also quickly learned: old wood must be removed, new wood remains because the young shoots are the largest, the best and the most...and... this is where the fruits grow. In addition, shoots and branches that are too dense and diseased or dead parts of the plant should be removed. Here is a simple rule of thumb: in the third and fourth year of growth, at least one old shoot should be cut out completely each year; from the fifth year onwards, two old shoots are cut out each year in order to encourage the re-growth of new fruit shoots from the base.

Help For Growing Blueberry Plants

And if there are no new shoots that can be encouraged? Then your blueberry plant either does not feel well with them or the cultivation measures are not right. Here are the possibilities and tips that need to be checked out:

If the pH is right, it's 3.5 to 5.

For blueberries in a container: Do you need to replant in a larger pot?

Are there any weevils that nibble at the leaves and roots, easily recognisable by the cove-like feeding damage on the leaves?

Is there too little fertilisation? Then increase the dose of slow release fertiliser, possibly more than two doses (please do not increase mineral-soluble fertiliser)

Are there too few pruning measures and is the incentive to form new wood underdeveloped?

Is the bog bed covered with a thick layer of mulch, which prevents the development of soil shoots and binds too much nitrogen?

Do Not Forget To Fertilise After Pruning

Regular applications of fertiliser for blueberry bushes should never be forgotten. Basically, a precisely laid out bod bed is the most important and sustainable fertiliser for blueberries. However, the pH value must be checked at least every two years and adjusted if necessary. Bog beds should always be planted a little higher above the garden soil, so that the calcareous rainwater cannot accumulate for a long time, in order to allow the pH value to rise at the same time. This would result in the death of shoots and a number of serious wilting symptoms and the blueberry would inevitably die as a shallow rooting plant. The exclusive use of our Frutilizer® slow release fertiliser plus, which can be applied twice a year, has proven to be the best solution for blueberry bushes. It is also suitable as a starter fertiliser for new plantings, which should be carefully worked in over the root area of the plants and then covered with a little soil. Our Frutilizer® Instant Blue, which has a lasting and immediate effect, is helpful for slightly older bog beds. This fertiliser is also something like a quick reaction force in case of growth blockage and can be applied with the watering of the plant or also over the leaves (please note different dosage).

Blueberries are Healthy

Besides their characteristic good taste, which can be almost addictive, blueberries are exceptionally healthy. This is reason enough to buy blueberry plants and grow the little blue wonders yourself from now on. The medical importance of the berries in the diet has been scientifically proven several times in extensive field trials over the past decades. Many doctors even believe that the healing powers in the fruit flesh are so strong that when blueberries are eaten it could be compared to a variety of chemical drugs in terms of their effects. The contained and medically valuable ingredients such as vitamins, anthocyanins, pectins and tanning agents help to protect the heart, reduce the risk of dangerous arteriosclerosis, contribute to the regeneration of older blood vessels and reduce the risk of cancer when consumed. The blueberries, with their plant substances such as tannic acid, are good for stomach and intestinal complaints, e.g. diarrhoea, and they lower the blood sugar levels in diabetic patients. Nevertheless, as in other areas of our lives, it is true that a lot does not necessarily help much. Depending on your overall physical constitution, the permissible daily intake of blueberries is 100 grams. And unfortunately, this happens quite quickly with the tempting, sweet. little fruits when you are just an arm's length away from a bush that bears plenty of fruit. But don't worry that even a single berry could spoil. Blueberries always ripen gradually on the shrub and in case the harvest is too abundant for immediate consumption, the blue superfruits are excellent for preserving and of course freezing while maintaining the vitamins.

The superfruits also contain minerals and others constituents in excess: sodium 2 mg, potassium 68 mg, calcium 9 mg, phosphorus 11 mg, magnesium 4 mg (each per 100 g). Especially the amount of potassium is remarkable.

Blueberry Recipes

Anyone who wants to eat blueberries depends on good recipes. The fruit flesh can be used in many ways: for baking, as a spread and as a compote.

For example:

  • Blueberry milkshake
  • Blueberry cake
  • Sweet pasta casserole with blueberries

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