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Bonita Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Bonita Blue Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Bonita'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  350-400  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early 
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon



Special Attributes

A 1985, University of Florida release, Bonita has a fairly vigorous growth habit, with medium lateral spread. Bonita produces firm, medium-large size berries that are light blue in color, and have very good flavor. As an early flowering/ripening rabbiteye variety, Bonita will be one of the first blueberries in the garden ready to pick - but for the same reasons, it is also more susceptible to late frost/freeze damage, especially if planted in more northerly areas of its growing zones. In warmer regions that risk is greatly reduced, and Bonita will become a perennial favorite for its early season crop of beautiful, light blue, flavorful berries.




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:  350-400
Ripens:  Early 
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwellClimaxPremierVernon
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  4 to 5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Light 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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