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Climax Rabbiteye Blueberry
An early season variety with a very concentrated ripening period makes Climax a great choice for home freezing. More details below!!

Climax Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Climax Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Climax'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9b  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  450-500  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinPremier



Special Attributes

A 1974, University of Georgia release, Climax has an upright, "open" growth habit, and intense green foliage. An early season variety with a very concentrated ripening period makes Climax a great choice for home freezing. It has medium size berries that are light medium-blue, with an excellent, "spicy-sweet" flavor. Along with its consistently heavy yields of very firm berries and small stem scars, Climax is one of the best blueberries for mechanical harvesting / commercial use. However, because it ripens early and flowers early, Climax can potentially be at greater risk for having problems in years with unusually late frosts/freezing.




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:  450-500
Ripens:  Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaAustinPremier
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 Medium 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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