Blueberry 'Brightwell'

Vaccinium ashei

A long-fruiting low-chill rabbiteye blueberry chosen for its vigorous growth, minimal maintenance and flavourful fruit. Drought and heat tolerant, this blueberry is exceptionally disease and insect resistant and produces medium sized berries early in the season. Self-pollinating but fruiting improved with ‘Powder Blue’.

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Blueberry 'Brightwell'

Rabbiteye blueberries are native to South-Eastern America and supposedly get their name from the fact that the berries turn pink before they turn blue .. like a rabbits' eye. They are low-chill blueberries and surprisingly fresh when eaten fresh from the bush. Allow to ripen on the bush for the best flavour. A low chill variety suited to warmer areas which prefers a soil pH between 4-5.

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Blueberries prefer an acidic soil with a pH of 4.5-5.5 (or 4-5 for Rabbiteye types). Improve soils prior to planting with decomposed manure and compost. This is especially important in clay soils as blueberries prefer a free-draining soil high in organic matter. Check your pH and if you need to lower it further, apply elemental sulphur. Plant in a sunny position protected from wind. Mulch with pine needles. Apply a complete fertiliser in spring. While tolerant of part shade, full sun is required for optimal fruiting.

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