This year, my “new to me” plant is blueberries! I’m not gonna lie, I’ve been hesitant to try growing blueberries because I’ve heard they can be a lot of work. Plus they aren’t hardy in my zone, which makes them a higher maintenance plant. Well, this spring I was lucky enough to receive some samples from Brazel Berries, and now I’m excited to see how well these will do here in Minnesota. Heck, one of the blueberry plants (Jelly Bean) even says it’s hardy down to zone 4 (hey, that’s my zone!), how exciting is that?!
The others are only hard down to zone 5. I am planting them in containers and I plan to overwinter them in the garage (which I’ve had great success with for other plants). I have never had blueberries fresh from the plant before (and I LOVE blueberries), so I am super excited about these. I’ve heard really great things about them.
Here’s what Brazzle Berries sent me to try out (FIVE varieties!!)…
- Jelly Bean (zone 4 hardy)
- Peach Sorbet
- Pink Icing
- Blueberry Glaze
Don’t those sound delicious, and they are all beautiful too. I have high hopes for these blueberries and I will keep you posted on how well they do for me.
I planted all of them in pots (though I’m thinking about moving the zone 4 hardy one to my garden). Blueberries grow best in acidic soil, so I added some organic fertilizer (I used Espoma Holly-Tone acidic fertilizer, which is a nice organic fertilizer) to give them a boost and hopefully keep them growing strong. So far so good.
Minnesota is a tough testing ground for plants, so time (and Old Man Winter) will tell. Oh, and Brazel Berries also threw in a Raspberry plant, Raspberry Shortcake. This is a thornless variety best grown in a large patio container. I will also overwinter this one in the garage.
Have you grown blueberries before? Share your tips in the comments below.