Jelly Bean® is an absolute charmer in the landscape or in patio pots with its near perfect and natural spherical shape. It is a little puffball of a blueberry, but don’t let that make you think its berries will be small too. This little wonder is prolific – producing a bumper crop of large-sized, flavorful blueberries mid-summer. Jelly Bean’s spring colour is vivid with bright (nearly lime) green. These greens give way to deeper shades of darker greens and reds. By summer, especially in cooler climates, Jelly Bean® offers breathtaking colour contrast in the garden with beautiful green foliage that has brilliant red leaf margins. The leaves are smaller and more elongated than traditional blueberries. Growing to less than 3’ and maintaining a tidy mounding shape, Jelly Bean® would be a perfect mini hedge along a path or surrounding larger shrub plantings and is also beautiful in decorative patio pots. Good news for northern dwellers – Jelly Bean® is hardy to zone 4.
Latin: Vaccinium ‘ZF06-179’
Hardiness Zone: 4 – 8
Height: 1′ – 3′
Spread: 1′ – 3′
Bloom Time: Late Spring
Flower Colour: White, bell-shaped
Fruit Colour: Light blue
Foliage Colour: Light green with red highlights turning dark green
Light Requirements: Full Sun
Soil Requirements: Slightly Acidic (pH 4.8-6)
- Edible Fruit
- Fall foliage colour (Red)
Special Considerations: Requires acidic soils for growth an fruit. Fruit set is improved by cross-pollination however it is not required.
Bushel and Berry® Blueberry Growing Guide
Growing Bushel and Berry® in containers:
Bushel and Berry® bushes are dwarf plants that produce full-size fruit. They will produce some fruit in the first couple of years, but really hit their stride in the third year and beyond. Upon arrival, replant in a 12-16″ container using a peat-based potting soil mix with pine bark. Place the container outdoors in full sun for the growing season. As your plant matures, you will likely need to put it in a 20-24″ diameter container. Your plant will start producing more fruit in the second year.
Fertilizing. Bushel and Berry® Blueberries thrive in acid soil (pH of 4.5-5.5). Fertilize your plants with a slow-release fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants in spring and again in midsummer.
Pruning. In spring, prune out any dead branches. After harvest, prune out fruit-bearing branches, leaving new branches to fruit the following season.
Wintering over. In colder climates (Zone 5), you can overwinter plants in their containers by storing them in a sheltered, unheated area such as a garage or shed once the leaves drop in fall. Be certain the soil is moist when the plant is brought undercover, and water very sparingly during the winter. Once every 6 weeks is generally sufficient. The intent is for the plant to go as dormant as possible. In spring, bring them outside when temperatures remain above 25° and place in full sun.
In warmer climates where freeze-thaw cycles occur, store plants on a protected porch. Where freezing is not a concern, plants can remain outdoors in containers and enjoyed year round.
Growing Bushel and Berry® Blueberries in the ground:
Choose a planting location in full sun (at least 6 hours of direct sun each day) with soil that is moisture-retentive yet well drained. Because Blueberries grow best in soil that has an acid pH and is rich in humus, you should replace about half of the soil dug from the planting hole with at least as much peat moss. Mix the peat moss thoroughly into the remaining soil, and then dig a hole that will generously accommodate the plant’s root ball.
Gently remove the plant from its pot and place into the hole so that the top of the root ball is level with the surrounding soil. Then push the soil back into the hole around the plant and press firmly with your hands to eliminate air pockets and establish good soil contact. A gentle but thorough watering will further settle the soil around the plant.
Blueberries require about 1″ of rain or irrigation per week. Surrounding your plants with a 4–5′ circle of mulch helps keep the soil moist and prevents the growth of weeds. Apply a 2–4″ layer of wood chips, shredded bark, or other organic material. The year after planting (and every year thereafter) apply a fertilizer designed for acid-loving plants at flowering time in spring and again about 4 weeks later.
Spring Plant Reservations
All Spring Plant Reservations have a 50% minimum deposit required to place orders. An order can also be paid in full.
Orders will be placed based on payment of a deposit or full payment. Deposits (50% of order value) cannot be refunded after April 5th, 2019.
Payment can be made by cash, cheque, email money transfer or credit card. Please follow instructions on your invoice.
We strongly recommend ordering before April 5th, 2019 to secure your order. Please note that orders after this date are dependent on available inventory. Some stock may have limited available quantities.
Any bulk orders of 50+ plants will be subject to bulk order pricing. Please contact us for bulk orders.
SPR orders must be picked up May 17-19 from the farm in Krestova. We will send an email confirming the available times for pickup closer to this date. We are unable to deliver to Nelson or Castlegar Garden Festivals due to recent SPR order quantities.
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