The For Heaven’s Sake Rabbiteye Blueberry is an exciting new addition to the Southern Living Plant Collection‘s blueberry lineup! This variety is a replacement for the Tifblue Rabbiteye Blueberry because it has very similar fruiting specifications but it has more compact growth. It produces large bounties of delicious late-season light-blue blueberries that range from medium to large. These berries are notably firm with fantastic flavor. Expect it to be covered in small bell-shaped white flowers in late spring.
This shrub has a controlled upright growth habit that matures to 4-5′ H x 3-4′ W. Its leaves are blueish-green with purple-red hues in fall.
This variety is characterized by early ripening, late flowering, and a moderate chilling requirement (600-650 hours); which helps ward off damage from late frosts and results in high yields of quality fruit.
Rabbiteye Blueberry bushes are ideal for Southern gardeners thanks to their heat tolerance, as well as disease and pest resistance.
*The Heaven’s Sake 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.*
Hardy from USDA Zones 6-9, down to -10°F when fully established. This is a deciduous plant, so expect it to lose all of its leaves in winter.
Grows and fruits best in Full Sun.
Water 2-3 times per week for the first growing season.
Plant in slightly acidic soil with good drainage.
Fertilize in early spring with an organic acidic plant fertilizer to promote growth and the overall health of your plant.
First, determine a suitable planting location. Then, dig a hole 3x as wide as the root ball of your plant. This makes it easier for your Rabbiteye Blueberry to root in the surrounding soil. The hole should be deep enough that your plant will sit evenly or slightly above the ground around it. Next, mix your native soil with a bag or two of good quality garden soil or composted manure. Backfill the hole with the soil mixture around your plant. Afterward, water your new planting 2-3 times per week for the first growing season.
Space 2 feet apart for a seamless planting. Otherwise, plant your Ochlockonee Rabbiteye Blueberry bushes over 4 feet apart for space between plants.
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