best blueberries for coastal SoCal

onthepointAugust 12, 2012

Here on Point Loma, we have NO frost. NO chill hours. (At least not in my lifetime.) But I want to grow blueberry bushes, and harvest delicious blueberries. My research suggests Southern Highbush or rabbiteye, but no word on which varieties will actually bear fruit in a place that is frequently cool but never cold. Any suggestions would be welcome, and even more welcome if you can tell me where to purchase those varieties!

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hoovb zone 9 sunset 23

'Sunshine Blue' has been my best performer. We got so many berries this year we got kind of overwhelmed. 'Bountiful Blue' was a disappointment, and then it suddenly died on me.

I see them at every garden center here, though mostly in early spring. They are gone by now. For example Armstrong's.

Make yourself a cage to put over each plant, and cover it with bird netting to keep the birds off, else you won't get any.

    Bookmark   August 12, 2012 at 11:02PM
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socalgal_gw Zone USDA 10b Sunset 24

Sunshine Blue planted in the ground with lots of peat moss didn't do well in my Point Loma garden, but it may have been the soil/pH. It might have done better in a pot. Have you asked at Walter Andersen's nursery?

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 11:12AM
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thank you both - I have ordered 2 each of Sunshine Blue, Stella and Emerald from One Green World in Oregon, since they will ship next week and Andersen's doesn't have any bushes in stock right now. I did find 2 O'Neill bushes in Vista at the Tropical Fruit Nursery, so we can have a tasting in the spring!

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 11:29AM
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hoosierquilt USDA 10A Sunset 23 Vista CA(10b Sunset 23)

I am growing all my blueberries in large pots so I can control the soil pH and nutrients, and all are doing exceedingly well. Just too much effort to try to grow them in our soils. I am growing O'Neal, Jubilee, Emerald, Misty, Sunshine Blue, Sweetcrisp & Windsor. My best tasting are my Sweetcrisp, O'Neal and Emerald. We'll see how Windsor stands up next season to the above 3. I grow them using Dave Wilson Nursery's recommendations on their web site. Just make sure they do NOT dry out, or you'll kill them faster than you can say totally dead brown plant.

Patty S.

Here is a link that might be useful: DWN: How to Grow Blueberries in Containers

    Bookmark   August 17, 2012 at 2:52PM
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