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'Sunshine Blue' setting fruit

Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 22:03

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


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RE: 'Sunshine Blue' setting fruit

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.


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Wed, Mar 19, 14 at 23:30

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.


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


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


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Thu, Mar 20, 14 at 16:13

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


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Finally put all my plants on watering system!


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 0:10

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.


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  • Posted by hoovb z9 Southern CA (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 1:40

They do great here, too. :)


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Fri, Mar 21, 14 at 10:00

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


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

RM


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Mon, Mar 24, 14 at 19:16

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


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Fri, Jun 27, 14 at 20:14

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:


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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.)


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


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


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


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


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


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  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Tue, Jul 1, 14 at 11:10

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.


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