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Georgia Gem Southern Highbush Blueberry

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Georgia Gem Southern Highbush Blueberry
Vaccinum corymbosum 'Georgia Gem'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  350-400  Learn more here
Ripens:  Mid season
Pollinators:  CooperJubilee



Special Attributes

A 1986, University of Georgia release, Georgia Gem southern highbush blueberry has an average, moderately vigorous, upright, bushy growth habit. It is an early to mid season producer of medium size berries, having good color, a sweet (even tart) flavor, a firm texture, and a dry stem scar. The fruit of Georgia Gem southern highbush blueberry has textural qualities that lends itself to having very good shelf-life, and long-term, frozen storage properties.




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: 7a-9b  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  350-400
Ripens:  Mid season
Pollinators:  CooperJubilee
Height at Maturity:  5-6'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4 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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