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Alice Blue Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Alice Blue Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Alice Blue'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  400  Learn more here
Ripens:  Very Early season
Pollinators:  Climax

Special Attributes

A 1978, University of Florida release, Alice Blue has an exceptionally vigorous growth habit that produces an abundant crop of medium-sized, firm, very sweet, and tasty berries. Alice Blue requires fewer chill hours to maximize its fruit production than most other blueberries require - and it flowers early, making it one of the earlier ripening Rabbiteye varieties. Having the characteristic and benefit of early flowering/ripening does make Alice Blue more susceptible to late frost/freeze damage. However, when planted in the more southerly areas of its growing zones, that risk is greatly reduced - and Alice Blue will thrive and produce many bountiful harvests.

Cultural Preferences

Blueberry plants grow best in an acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, moist, well-drained soil in full sun to part shade. The more sun the better for best berry production. The shallow, fibrous roots of blueberry plants like a consistently moist but well-drained soil which can be provided by with a layer of organic mulch. Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop (larger berries and larger yields). Therefore it is best to plant more than one variety that will bloom at the same time. Blueberry season can be extended by planting early, mid-season and late varieties. Make sure to plant two different cultivars/varieties for each season. USDA Zones: 7b-10b  Find Your Zone >

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Plant Details

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  400
Ripens:  Very Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
Height at Maturity:  5-7'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4 to 5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Blue
Fruit Size:  Medium 
Sun Needs:  Full Sun or Mostly Sun, Light Shade
Water Needs:  Average
Soil Type:  Rich in organic matter
Drainage/Soil Moisture:  Well drained, moist
Soil pH:  4.5 - 5.5

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