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Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry

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$19.99
  • Produces blueberries in late Spring to Summer
  • Matures to 3-4' wide by 4-5' tall
  • Hardy in USDA Zones 7 - 9
  • Plant in full sun
  • Does not ship to CA or OR
Pot size

Description

The Bless Your Heart® Rabbiteye Blueberry is a fantastic new blueberry bush from the Southern Living Plant Collection's DownHome Harvest Edible Collection! Bless Your Heart produces large bounties of medium-sized, firm blueberries rich in flavor and antioxidants!

This is an early-blooming variety. Furthermore, it traditionally blooms at the same time as the Climax Blueberry. Expect it to be heavily coated in petite bell-shaped white flowers.

The Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry is of the variety Vaccinium ashei 'Alapaha,' and generally requires about 450-500 chill hours. This breed is characterized by early ripening fruit, which generally occurs in late May to early June.

One of the best aspects of this Blueberry is its controlled, upright growth habit that matures to 4-5’ H x 3-4’ W. Therefore, it's easy to work into any size of landscape!

Rabbiteye Blueberries produce more fruit when they can cross-pollinate with other varieties. We recommend planting the Bless Your Heart with its companion, the Takes the Cake Rabbiteye Blueberry.

*The Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry Care Tips

Hardy in USDA Zones 7-9, and will go dormant yearly.

Plant in Full Sun to ensure maximum foliage and berry production.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. In the second growing season, decrease watering to 1-2 times per week.

Rabbiteye Blueberries require slightly acidic soil to thrive. Consequently, the Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry won't do well in alkaline soil.

If you have alkaline soil, supplement it with elemental sulfur to decrease the pH.

Care & Use

Getting Started: Understanding Your New Plant

Review your plant's information on our website or the tag that comes with it. Be mindful of sunlight preferences, soil type, and spacing needs.

Our plants are adaptable but grow best in the correct USDA Zones. Click here to learn more about your USDA Zone.

Planting Instructions

Dig a Hole

First, dig a hole three times the width of the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for the root system to spread out quickly. Dig the hole deep enough that your plant will sit level with or slightly above the ground around it.

Amend Your Soil

Mix your native soil with rich gardening soil to provide extra nutrients and support plant growth. If your soil is clay-heavy, we recommend mixing your native clay soil with equal parts of Pine Bark mulch to improve drainage and the overall breathability of your soil.

Place Your Plant

Examine the roots. If they appear tightly bound, gently coax them apart; this ensures they can spread into the new soil. Place your plant in the hole so the top of the rootball is even with the surrounding soil—Backfill around it with the amended soil mixture. The roots need access to oxygen for your plant to thrive, so do not cover the rootball; place soil around it.

Mulch Your Plants

Top the soil beneath your plant with 3-4 inches of mulch to help it retain moisture. Be careful not to cover the rootball - your new plants roots need access to oxygen.

Water Your Plant

Soak the plant with a hose afterward to hydrate the plant, as well as get the soil and mulch situated. Develop a regular watering schedule based on your plant's needs and local weather patterns. Remember, over watering is just as, if not more, harmful than under watering.

Spacing Recommendations

Spacing Recommendations for the Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry

For a hedge of Bless Your Heart rabbiteye blueberries, plant them 3 to 4 feet apart center-to-center. However, we generally recommend planting these blueberry bushes at least 5 feet apart to leave space between for ease of picking and maximum sunlight exposure.

  • Scientific Name
    Vaccinium ashei 'Alapaha' PP16266
  • Hardiness Zone
    7, 8, 9
  • Sun Exposure
    Full Sun
  • Evergreen or Deciduous
    Deciduous
  • Features
    Attracts Birds / Butterflies, Flowering, Sun Loving
  • Feature Color
    Blue, Green
  • Uses
    Accent, Container, Mass Planting
  • Water Needs
    Medium
  • Bloom Season
    Spring

Growing Zones : 7, 8, and 9

Map of USDA Zones 7-9
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Southern Living Plant Collection

Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry

From $19.99

The Bless Your Heart® Rabbiteye Blueberry is a fantastic new blueberry bush from the Southern Living Plant Collection's DownHome Harvest Edible Collection! Bless Your Heart produces large bounties of medium-sized, firm blueberries rich in flavor and antioxidants!

This is an early-blooming variety. Furthermore, it traditionally blooms at the same time as the Climax Blueberry. Expect it to be heavily coated in petite bell-shaped white flowers.

The Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry is of the variety Vaccinium ashei 'Alapaha,' and generally requires about 450-500 chill hours. This breed is characterized by early ripening fruit, which generally occurs in late May to early June.

One of the best aspects of this Blueberry is its controlled, upright growth habit that matures to 4-5’ H x 3-4’ W. Therefore, it's easy to work into any size of landscape!

Rabbiteye Blueberries produce more fruit when they can cross-pollinate with other varieties. We recommend planting the Bless Your Heart with its companion, the Takes the Cake Rabbiteye Blueberry.

*The Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry is a deciduous/semi-evergreen plant and will go dormant during the winter months. When this plant is ordered during the Fall/Winter expect seasonal foliage decline(discoloration, spots, leaf drop) or the plant to arrive completely dormant.*

Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry Care Tips

Hardy in USDA Zones 7-9, and will go dormant yearly.

Plant in Full Sun to ensure maximum foliage and berry production.

Water 2-3 times per week during the first growing season. In the second growing season, decrease watering to 1-2 times per week.

Rabbiteye Blueberries require slightly acidic soil to thrive. Consequently, the Bless Your Heart Rabbiteye Blueberry won't do well in alkaline soil.

If you have alkaline soil, supplement it with elemental sulfur to decrease the pH.

Pot size

  • 2.5 Quart
  • 2 Gallon
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