[NAFEX] rabbiteye blueberries in KY

hector black hblack1925 at fastmail.fm
Sat Dec 10 19:36:54 EST 2005

We have wonderful production and excellent flavor on our two rabbit eye 
varieties here.  We planted 25% Climax and 75% Tifblue.  Some people prefer 
one, some the other.  We picked berries from the last week of June until the 
second week of Sept.  Now that's a long time for any fruit to be in 
production.  The only time we had serious damage was when it went to 28 
below zero F. maybe 18 years ago. There was a bit of snow and they froze to 
the snow line.  Lost one year's production.   Bushes are about 26 years old 
and I have a hard time keeping them at 5-6 ft.  Climax is particularly 
upright growing.  Soil being alkaline, we used wettable sulfur for the first 
7 years or so.
    Hector Black zone 6 middle TN
----- Original Message ----- 
From: "Lucky Pittman" <lucky.pittman at murraystate.edu>
To: "North American Fruit Explorers" <nafex at lists.ibiblio.org>
Sent: Saturday, December 10, 2005 4:49 PM
Subject: [NAFEX] rabbiteye blueberries in KY

> Donna & all,
> I've got several rabbiteye bushes - variety unknown - they're some my dad
> rooted from some of the plants in his planting back home.  They're doing
> just fine here in southern west-central KY, bloom(I presume - haven't
> really paid all that much attention) and ripen their fruit after the
> northern highbushes are finished, so they prolong my season
> significantly.  Heavier production than the northern highbush types, but I
> will say that the variety my dad gave me is not as tasty to eat 
> out-of-hand
> as are most of the NH types - but they're just fine for cooking, and not
> bad to eat - just don't seem to be as sweet as the NHs.
> I'm looking at putting in more rabbiteye varieties, and fewer northern
> highbush.
> I've planted a couple of the Southern highbushes - O'Neal, 
> Ozarkblue,(don't
> think I've put in a Georgia Gem), but have been pretty unimpressed with
> their vigor; they just haven't done much.
> Lucky
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