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O'Neal Blueberries

Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
Sun, Apr 15, 12 at 17:36

I'm a huge fan now of O'Neal Blueberries. These berries are sweet, large and very juicy. Love the earliness too. You can buy them at just about garden center here in So Cal. Can't say enough good things about them - really great flavor. They might be emerging as my favorites.

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RE: O'Neal Blueberries

Thanks mrclint,
They are sold at a few nurseries here in Washington.I was wondering about them,they don't seem to get much press on this forum. Brady

RE: O'Neal Blueberries

There are definitely fans of it here, maybe not recently but I recall past discussions on it. I have O'Neal and its one of my better varieties.


RE: O'Neal Blueberries

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 17, 12 at 12:11

Yeah, there is a major case of "rarer being better" on a number of message boards. Tomato growers have this disease in spades. Many of the standard varieties are standards because they are really good and reliable. For fruit - Wonderful pomegranate, Mission fig & O'Neal BB come quickly to mind. You have to snicker a little at the pattern of locating a hard to find variety and then singing its praises. Then you watch folks scurry to find it. Earlier or later varieties that extend the season are always worth chasing down, but maybe not so much for trendy conversation pieces.

If you have another early BB such as Misty to help with pollination, O'Neal should do well for you. But we know all BB do better with other varieties that bloom at the same time.

RE: O'Neal Blueberries

I just planted an O'Neal. It's the only southern highbush type I have, but I have lots of rabbiteyes. Will the rabbiteyes pollinate the O'Neal?

RE: O'Neal Blueberries

  • Posted by mrclint z10SoCal Valley (My Page) on
    Tue, Apr 17, 12 at 15:52

"Will the rabbiteyes pollinate the O'Neal?"

It's hard to say for sure. See the link below and draw your own conclusions.

Here is a link that might be useful: Rabbit Eye and Highbush Blueberries Crosspollinate

RE: O'Neal Blueberries

I have about 10 O'Neal and really like them. They ripen 2-3 weeks ahead of my earliest Rabbiteye, which is Climax in a normal spring. The O'Neal are light bearers, so I am not sure if the Rabbiteyes pollinate them, of if I would be better off with another Southern Highbush to pollinate them.
My latest ripening are Powderblue and Onslow, with Onslow being slightly later.

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