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Blueberry 'Duke' (Blueberry Early Fruiting)

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blueberry 'Duke' (blueberry   early fruiting)

Blueberry 'Duke' (Blueberry Early Fruiting)


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Position: full sun or partial shade
Soil: prefers moist, well-drained acidic soil but will grow in sandy or normal soil
Rate of growth: average
Other features: light blue berries (June-July)
Hardiness: fully hardy
An interesting and high yielding variety that flowers late, but produces its large to medium sized fruit early in the season. This means that very few of the flowers and developing fruits are damaged by late frosts, so when mature, each bush can often yield up to 9kg of firm-fleshed fruits, which makes it one of the heaviest and most consistent producers. The fruits are firm-fleshed with a sweet, mild flavour and a light blue skin, which store well after picking. The bushes are quite upright, however when the branches are laden with fruits they do become bowed with thier weight, so they may need some support. In autumn, the normally green leaves will turn brilliant shades of yellow and orange before they fall.Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Blueberries can also be grown in large pots and containers if ericaceous compost is used. Prune in winter, cutting out dead or damaged branches. In spring, feed with sulphate of ammonia, sulphate of potash and bonemeal and top-dress with ericaceous compost.

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