Ochlockonee Rabbiteye Blueberry
Ochlockonee blueberry is one of the most useful cultivars to come out of the southeast for Pacific Northwest growers. Fruits are large, late ripening, high quality and very delicious and also hold up well in transit and storage. Plants are upright, very vigorous and easy to grow.
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Latin Name: Vaccinium ‘Ochlockonee’
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Partially self-fertile. Plant another Rabbiteye or Southern Highbush variety for cross pollination.
Hardiness: Hardy to -10° F.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 5′ high and wide
Bloom Time: March-April
Ripening Time: June–July
Fruit Size: Large
Yield: 15-20 lbs.
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.
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