'Sunshine Blue' setting fruit

MrClintMarch 19, 2014

'Sunshine Blue' is setting fruit. It's my favorite blueberry overall.

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pharmachad

Nice, mine are not as far along as yours. I'm in
9a. I still have lots of flowers but small berries.
Will try to post pics tomorrow.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 10:49PM
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MrClint

Great, let's have some fun! it would be nice to see more posts of people just sharing pictures of what they have growing. Maybe it will catch on.

    Bookmark   March 19, 2014 at 11:30PM
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blueboy1977(TX9A/B)

I'm a sucker for blueberry pics;) Give me some time and I will post some too!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 12:27PM
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pharmachad

Mine have not sprouted many new leaves.
All leaves are from last year. This one still
has plenty of flowers and a few berries.

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 1:53PM
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MrClint

Nice! Soon you'll be picking BB like a maniac. :)

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 4:13PM
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pharmachad

Finally put all my plants on watering system!

    Bookmark   March 20, 2014 at 6:25PM
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MrClint

That's a lot of BB plants! I wouldn't even know what to do with all of those. I have six plants and it's enough for my wife and I for fresh eating.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 12:10AM
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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

They do great here, too. :)

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 1:40AM
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MrClint

Handsome and healthy plants, all. Nice representations of 'Sunshine Blue' this time of year.

    Bookmark   March 21, 2014 at 10:00AM
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riverman1

I like your set up, can never have too many blueberries.

RM

    Bookmark   March 22, 2014 at 12:27AM
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MrClint

I may try a 'Sunshine Blue' or two in EarthBoxes next year.

    Bookmark   March 24, 2014 at 7:16PM
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MrClint

Well, blueberry season is all but over for me now. It was a nice run from April until end of June.

Here's one of the last 'Sunshine Blue' clusters. The plant never lost its leaves and many of the old leaves are now pretty crispy. Keeping old and new foliage doesn't seem to hinder production at all. I didn't remove any of those old leaves for the sake of a more attractive picture. As always, what I got is what you see:

    Bookmark   June 27, 2014 at 8:14PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

This was my first year getting a nice blueberry crop, and Sunshine Blue was the best :) Very yummy, too!

That was a young plant, too, so I like that variety a lot. My others are all rabbiteyes, so I think I'll get more hybrids like SB. I thought the rabbiteyes would be easier to grow, but it's been the reverse.

(My rabbiteyes might be in too much heat and sun, though. My SB gets more shade -- a lot of morning sun. The rabbiteyes are in the harsh afternoon sun and heat, and they are harder to keep moist.)

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 3:26PM
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shazaam(NC 7B)

This was the first year that my Sunshine Blue set a sizable crop, and I agree...the flavor is superb.

    Bookmark   June 28, 2014 at 4:17PM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

I planted 2 of them last year. Are they self-fertile?

    Bookmark   June 29, 2014 at 1:27PM
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meredith_e Z7b, Piedmont of NC, 1000' elevation

They do well with just one, yeah! Not as well as they could, I take it, but I was pleasantly surprised.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 2:11AM
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milehighgirl(CO USDA 5B/Sunset 2B)

What other cultivar would be a good pollinator? Hopefully hardy for zone 5 too.

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 6:16PM
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Bradybb(wa8)

Bountiful Blue is a close cousin.Maybe check that one out.Brady

    Bookmark   June 30, 2014 at 8:38PM
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MrClint

I don't think it matters which varieties you get for good cross pollination. But you do want to extend the harvest a bit by getting earlier varieties such as 'Misty', 'ONeal', and mid-season varieties such as 'Emerald'. You will need to do the homework on which varieties do well in your zone.

    Bookmark   July 1, 2014 at 11:10AM
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