Will Rabbiteye blueberries survive winters in North DE?
I accidentally bought a rabbiteye plant from Lowes last November when they were selling all their plant stock at 75% off, so I bought this one blueberry that was much taller than the others, but it wasnt tagged as a rabbiteye.
So it also only had 6-7 compatible pollinators listed on the tag, but I didnt recognize any of the varieties. This spring I began looking for these pollinating varieties, but couldnt find them around here. Then I looked them up on the internet, but discovered they are all Rabbiteyes.
My uncle owns a 38 acre organic blueberry farm in north central Florida, with about 20 acres of blueberry plants growing on it, most of which are rabbiteyes. He also has about 1/2 acre of Highbush.
So anyway, in early May, I was in one of the many Home Depots around here, when I discovered 5 large rabbiteye plants inside the garden area. They had much smaller Highbush, but these Rabbiteyes were already 4.5 feet tall, and 4 of them were Powerblue's and 1 was a Brightwell. The one I already had at home is a Powderblue, so the only option was to buy the 1 Brightwell they had, so I did.
So now I have 2 healthy Rabbiteyes. But I wonder whether they will survive winters up here, which can get below freezing at night, or even stay below freezing for a few days at a time. It usually doesnt get much colder than the teens around here.
My uncle said that Rabbiteyes are very hardy, maybe more so than Highbush, whcih seems to be the case at his farm, and they grow lots of suckers that become new blueberry plants too. Highbush blueberries dont do that.
What do you think?