Blueberries are a naturally dwarf fruit tree that doesn’t take up much space in your yard. They perform brilliantly in pots ranging in size from 35L -70L (350mm-500mm diameter). Resistant to most pests, the leaves can sometimes be affected by blueberry rust (especially in extended periods of wet weather). In most cases the rust goes away by itself, but in sever cases it may need to be treated with a horticultural fungicide. Some varieties are naturally resistant to rust. Blueberry trees can live and fruit for a very long time, up to 50 years in fact!
Best Varieties for Hot Weather Regions
The best varieties for planting in subtropical areas are low-chill types including:
- Sharp Blue
- Powder Blue
- Sunshine Blue
These varieties fruit for about 2-3 months in late Spring and early Summer. For an extended harvest season, choose OB1 as it fruits for a lot longer period.
OB1 Fruits All Year Round
OB1 is a new variety of blueberry that fruits all year round. It was bred in Northern NSW for the commercial blueberry industry. The fruit is a good size and a winner on flavour. Best of all OB1 is a low-chill variety, so it performs well in hot weather climates. It doesn’t need a cold winter to get a good crop. Mid-winter fruit is best stripped off the bush. Grows in a wide range of soil types and is rust resistant.
🌿 Grows 1-2m high
🌿 Perfect for pots
How to Acidify the Soil for Growing Blueberries
Blueberries thrive in acidic soil (PH 4.5-6). Adding Peat Moss is a great way to acidify the soil. For the perfect blueberry potting mix, Daniel recommends combining Peat Moss with Premium Potting Mix at a ratio of 1:5. When planting your blueberries in the ground, dig in 10 litres of Peat Moss around the planting site. This will get your blueberries off to a flying start, and you will be rewarded with many punnets of sweet berries.
OB1, Peat Moss, and Premium Potting Mix are available now at Ladybird Fruit Tree Nursery (North Brisbane).