Found in the wild in New Jersey, Rubel was one of the first Blueberries to be brought into commercial production. These berries are packed with flavor and are significantly higher in antioxidants than other Highbush varieties. You’ll love them fresh and, with their intense flavor, they’re great in muffins and other baked goodies.
Latin Name: Vaccinium corymbosum
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Blueberries are self-fertile. Plant two varieties for greater fruit production.
Hardiness: Rubel is hardy to minus 30ºF.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 4-5 ft. in height and spread.
Bloom Time: April
Ripening Time: Late July
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: 4
Sunset Western Zone: 2-9, 14-17
Sunset Northeast Zone: 32, 34-43