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Premier Rabbiteye Blueberry
Premier Rabbiteye blueberry has a very vigorous, upright growth habit, and it is known to be a heavy yielding variety with good overall disease resistance. More details below!!

Premier Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Premier Rabbiteye Blueberry
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USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 7a-9a  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  450-500  Learn more here
Ripens:  Early to Mid season
Pollinators:  AustinBrightwell



Special Attributes

Another 1978, North Carolina State University release, Premier Rabbiteye blueberry has a very vigorous, upright growth habit, and it is known to be a heavy yielding variety with good overall disease resistance. Berries ripen early to mid-season (typically earlier than other mid-season blueberry varieties), are large in size, with a beautiful light blue color, wonderful flavor, and a dry stem scar. Premier Rabbiteye blueberry is recommended for all applications, but is especially suited for hand picking - which makes it an excellent choice for home gardeners.  Premier also has attractive fall foliage that is orange-red in color.




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-9a  Find Your Zone
Chilling Hours:  450-500
Ripens:  Early to Mid season
Pollinators:  AustinBrightwell
Height at Maturity:  6-10'
Width at Maturity:  6-8'
Spacing:  4-6 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  Light Blue
Fruit Size:  Large
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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