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Brightwell Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Brightwell Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Brightwell'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  350-400  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early 
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinBonitaPremierVernon



Special Attributes

A 1983, University of Georgia release, Brightwell Rabbiteye is named after esteemed UGA blueberry developer, Dr. James Brightwell, and is considered by many among the top varieties in the world! Best known for its reliability and its long, sustained harvest period (~ 35 days), Brightwell is ideal for almost any planting application. It has very vigorous, upright growth - and because it flowers late, it is highly resistant to freeze damage. Brightwell is a heavy producer of medium size berries, with excellent flavor, and dry stem scar. It is also known for its very firm, uniformly round berries - a favorite for mechanical harvesting/commercial processing.



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: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  350-400
Ripens:  Early 
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinBonitaPremierVernon
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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