Also known as the Canadian Blueberry, the Velvetleaf Blueberry is a valuable North American native that grows wild in some of the colder parts of the continent. Long Trail hikers and Canadian homesteaders are surely familiar with this wild blueberry that produces an abundance of incredibly sweet blueberries. Very similar to and freely hybridizes with the Lowbush blueberry (Vaccinium angustifolium).
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Latin Name: Vaccinium myrtilloides
Site and Soil: Blueberries like 1/2 day to full sun and well-drained, acidic soil.
Pollination Requirements: Partially self-fertile. Plant two varieties for greater fruit production.
Hardiness: Hardy to minus 30° F. or below.
Bearing Age: 1-2 years after planting
Size at Maturity: 1-2 ft. in height.
Bloom Time: May
Ripening Time: July
Taste: Very sweet
Fruit Size: Small-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: 3-5 lbs.
Pests & Diseases: Blueberries are not bothered by pests or diseases. Scare birds away with Mylar Flash Tape or deter them by covering your plants with netting.
USDA Zone: 4-8