Growing Zones: 7-10 outdoors(hardy down to 10℉) 7-10 outdoors
- Mature Height:
- 10-12 ft.
- Mature Width:
- 6-8 ft.
- Full Sun
- Growth Rate:
- Harvest Time:
- Year to Bear:
- Can Fruit the 1st Year!
- Botanical Name:
- Vaccinium ashei
- Does Not Ship To:
- AZ, CA, OR, WA
Brightwell Blueberry is Minimal Work for a HUGE Harvest
Grown commercially all over Southeast North America and beyond, the Brightwell Blueberry is chosen for its vigorous growth, minimal maintenance, and flavorful fruit. The open, spreading shrub reaches its full height quickly and can produce 15 pounds of berries each year. That's a lot of blueberry preserves!
Its deciduous leaves turn a beautiful red-orange each fall, and when the air gets warm you'll notice delicate white flowers (shaped like little bells) appearing on the branches. Your blueberry crop is on the way!
Easy to Grow
A hybrid variety of the Rabbiteye blueberry, the Brightwell plant is known for its ruggedness and dependability, with a natural resistance to disease and insects. Growing nearly a foot each year, a sapling will reach its full height in 7-8 years and stand at a (very handsome) 10-12 feet tall.
A handful of sweet blueberries on a bowl of cereal, a stack of pancakes or a dish of yogurt— it doesn't get much better than that! Typical of the Rabbiteye species, the Brightwell plant produces medium and large-sized berries with a distinct firmness and a sweet flavor. Get ready to savor them— cooked in a pie, or preserved in a Mason jar (any way you want 'em!).
Quick Ripening Time
The Brightwell's blueberries ripen quickly— just two months after you notice flowers decorating the branches, you'll be eating fresh fruit.
Fully grown, the Brightwell plant produces up to 15 pounds of berries each year. You'll have such a generous crop you’ll be able to share with friends, family and co-workers and still have plenty for yourself.
Unusually Beautiful Landscape Border
Because of its height and thick foliage, the Brightwell plant can be pruned to make attractive hedges— a good choice for planting along property lines to screen out neighbors.
Count on wildlife to be drawn to your blueberries. It’s easy enough to protect your berries by placing a simple netting over the shrub. In the meantime, you’re sure to see some interesting 4-legged friends who come to admire your colorful aromatic plants
Order your Brightwell Blueberry Shrubs today and get ready for fruit your very first season.
Brightwell Blueberry Pollination
Brightwell Blueberrys are not self-fertile. You will need to plant another variety to achieve fruiting.
Customer Reviews & Photos
Still potted growing great.
They Are Blue, They Are Berries & They Are Delicious
We were getting hands full of berries while still in the 3 gallon containers, BEFORE we put them in the ground. Great Deal - Great Plants Bob in Pritchett, Texas
Nice plant !
Great customer service
arrived in excellent condition and is thriving.
I am happy with this one...has a lot of new grows already...looks very healthy. Thank you.Cannot wait for next year to harvest some juicy blueberries.
Planting & Care
Location: The Brightwell blueberry plant grows best in USDA plant hardiness zones 6 to 9. It grows to a height of 6 to 10 feet.
Chill Hours: Requires 350 to 400 chill hours.
Pollination: The Brightwell blueberry plant is somewhat self-pollinating but to set an ample crop of berries it is suggested that you plant in trios for maximum pollination. The Rabbiteye makes an ideal pollinator.
Planting Instructions: Choose a planting site with full sun for best berry production. Although the Brightwell blueberry bush will grow in partial shade, its berry production will be dramatically reduced.
Brightwell blueberry bushes grow best in a soil pH of 4.5 to 5.5. The plant will not tolerate alkaline soil. Prior to planting, you should perform a soil pH test to make sure you have chosen the optimum planting location.
Blueberry bushes grow best in sandy loam. They do not do well in heavy clay because they will not tolerate an overly wet root system. Saturated soil conditions frequently cause root rot. If the soil is a clay mixture, you should incorporate sand and pebbles into planting location to facilitate drainage.
Prior to planting blueberry bushes in the spring till peat moss, composted pine bark, or rotted softwood sawdust into the planting location in the fall. Apply 4 to 6 inches of the material into the soil using a tiller to a depth of 6 to 8 inches.
When planting the Brightwell blueberry bush, dig a hole that is three times the diameter of the plant’s root ball and just as deep. Incorporate shredded pine bark and peat moss directly into the soil. Place the plant into the hole so that surface roots are just below the soil’s line. Blueberry bushes are naturally shallow rooted so should not be planted deeply. Fill in the hole with the garden soil, pine bark, and peat moss mixture. Tamp the soil down firmly around the shrub’s roots to remove any air pockets.
Mulch: Apply a 2 to 3-inch layer of mulch around the base of the Brightwell blueberry bush. Do not let it touch the base of the bush. Use bark, wood chips, pine straw, or sawdust. Do not cultivate the mulch into the soil because the shrub’s roots are relatively shallow and may be damaged by deep cultivation.
Spacing: Space the Brightwell blueberry bushes 6 feet apart in rows that are 12 feet apart.
Irrigation: The Brightwell blueberry plant should be watered once every 2-3 days for the first two weeks. Keep soil moist, not saturated, by using your index finger. Stick it into your soil a couple of inches and feel around for any moisture. If it’s becoming dry, supplement water. If the soil feels moist to the touch, leave it be. After about a month, your natural rainfall should be sufficient but monitor during times of extended drought and/or heat.
Fertilizer: Fertilize the Brightwell blueberry bush with caution because it is highly sensitive to fertilizer. Do not fertilize the Brightwell blueberry bush right after planting. Wait to fertilize the plant until the leaves start to develop. Apply one tablespoon of fertilizer made for azaleas such as 10-5-4, 10-8-8 or 11-7-7 in a 12-inch circle around the base of the shrub. Water thoroughly after fertilizing. Fertilize at six-week intervals until mid-July to mid-August. During the second year, use only a ½ tablespoon of ammonium sulfate to fertilize the Brightwell blueberry bush.
Pruning: The Brightwell will benefit from being pruned in the late winter to remove dead, dying, or crowded branches. It will also help in maintaining its size. . Always remove dead, damaged, or overly twiggy growth.
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