Three highbush blueberry varieties are planted.

  • Red Row Markers - Blueray (early ripening) usually about ripe around July 6 to 8

  • Blue Row Markers - Berkeley (mid season ripening) usually about  ripe around
    July 8 to 10

  • Yellow Row Markers - Coville (late ripening) usually about ripe around July 15 to
    20

  • Duke and Bluecrop plants added in 2010 and 2011

  • Each variety has a distinctly different flavor but when fully ripe, all are sweet

  • Most bushes are planted as small 2 year old seedlings

  • Bushes are planted 4 to 5 feet apart in rows 10 feet apart

  • Bushes mature to nearly full production in 5 to 7 years

  • Highbush blueberries require about 1000 hours of below 45 degree temps to reset
   their biological clock for the next years growth and production.  

  • BH bushes have endured -10 degree winters without much problem

  • Blueberry bushes require acid soil (ph 4.5 to 5.5)

  • The ph at BH is about 4.5

  • Bushes develop fruit buds for next years crop in the fall

  • Blueberry plants have small, shallow, inefficient root systems and are very
    susceptible to drought

  • Spring droughts reduce the current years plant growth and fruit size; fall droughts
    reduce the next years fruit buds and plant growth