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Bless Your Heart® Rabbiteye Blueberry

(9 customer reviews)

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About Bless Your Heart® Rabbiteye Blueberry

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 s 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.

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.

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Vaccinium ashei 'Alapaha' PP16266
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9 reviews for Bless Your Heart® Rabbiteye Blueberry

  1. Lenora Schaber (verified owner)

    Our blueberry bush arrived quickly after placing our order and in excellent condition. It was fuller and larger than we expected, which was a delightful surprise. I highly recommend Plants By Mail!

  2. W J (verified owner)

    I expected bare root stock. These are beautiful bushes. Very healthy. Since I won’t be planting them right away I’ve transferred them to larger pots for the time being.

    • Team PBM

      Good morning. Thank you for your kind words. We do not ship bare root stock ever. We are very pleased you’re pleased with your plants. – Christy

  3. cornerstone2017 (verified owner)

    Blueberry plant dies during the summer. Plantbymail doesn’t guarantee it will live. only 30 days guarantee

  4. scott h (verified owner)

    Bush was delivered quickly and healthy. Second order from them and very satisfied

  5. Christy (verified owner)

    Get the larger size. The 2.5 quart is too small for travel as the blueberry bush dries out. Blueberry bushes need consistent watering and without don’t recover quickly. The 1 gal Hello Darlin did great. The 2.5 quart Bless Your Heart has dried branches. I planted it and watered it twice a day. It’s starting to recover, but I lost the upper branches.

    • Team PBM

      Thank you Ms Christy for such great advice. The larger plants will travel easier for sure as they have more root system to assist the journey. 2.5 quarts do ship well, but customer should be aware of the distance of travel when ordering the younger sizes. Thank you for your time and sharing! – another Christy

  6. gatekpr70 (verified owner)

    Wonderfully excited to receive the Bless your Heart blueberry bushes. As recommended we purchased them as a companion to our previously purchased Takes the Cake and the contrast of the white and pink flowers is just beautiful. We planted these as a hedge and just cant wait to have blueberries to harvest.

  7. Jerry Andrews

    As expected, the quality of the plants were excellent, the packaging was more than expected, and delivery was also excellent. Living in a rural area I depend on Plants by Mail if my local nursery does not have the plant.

  8. Herschel (verified owner)

    Plants arrived promptly in good shape and packaged in phenomenally good shipping container. Very happy with my order.

  9. (verified owner)

    So excited to have received this bush today. It is the companion to my “Takes the Cake” blueberry and it looks healthy and up to the task.

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