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Vernon Rabbiteye Blueberry

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Vernon Rabbiteye Blueberry
Vaccinum ashei 'Vernon'

USDA Plant Hardiness Zones: 6b-9a  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  450-500  Learn more here
Ripens:  Very Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwell

Special Attributes

A 2004, University of Georgia release, Vernon rabbiteye blueberry has a vigorous growth habit, and is one of the earliest ripening of the rabbiteye varieties. With its later flower development, it is also more resistant to freeze damage than many of the other early ripening varieties. Vernon produces a very good yield of large, flavorful berries, that have good color, are very firm, and have small, dry stem scars. As you might expect with all of these very positive quality attributes, Vernon has also proven to be well-suited for mechanical harvesting, and has demonstrated very good storage and shelf-life 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: 6b-9a  Find Your Zone
Chill Hours:  450-500
Ripens:  Very Early season
Pollinators:  AlapahaBrightwell
Height at Maturity:  6-8'
Width at Maturity:  5-6'
Spacing:  4-5 feet for hedge; 10'+ for space between plants
Fruit Color:  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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