Norman Southern Highbush Blueberry
A very recent release from the University of Arkansas’s blueberry breeding program and one of the best for southern and West Coast growers. Norman Southern Highbush Blueberry produces crops as abundant as Bluecrop or Duke, making it viable for commercial production in warmer areas of the country. Berries are firm, very tasty and ship well. Not recommended for areas with late spring frosts.
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Latin Name: Vaccinium ‘Norman’
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Partially self-fertile. Plant another Southern Highbush variety for cross pollinating,
Hardiness: Hardy to -10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 5ft high and wide
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: June-July
Fruit Size: Medium
Care: Blueberries prefer acidic soil (pH 4.5-5.5). Fertilize in early spring with a granular or liquid acid fertilizer. In late winter prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune non fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.
Yield: 15-20 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Blueberries are not bothered by significant pest or disease problems. Scare birds away with Mylar Flash Tape or deter them by covering your plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 6-9