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Polaris Blueberry

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Polaris Blueberry NEW!

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1 - 9 $8.400 each
10 - 29 $7.750 each
30 - 99 $7.350 each
100 - 199 $7.000 each
200 + $6.500 each
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CA, GA, OR, WA
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Zone Map Best In Zones 3 - 7

Don't Forget Your Accessories

Booklet - Growing Blueberries

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32 pages of information to growing the best blueberries.
Topics Include

  • WHERE CAN YOU GROW BLUEBERRIES
  • SELECTING PLANTS 
  • CARING FOR YOUR BLUEBERRIES
  • PRUNING 
  • PROTECTION FROM BIRDS
  • AND MORE 
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Price: $3.95
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CORONA AL-8482 HIGH PERFORMANCE 36" LOPPER

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  • Long handle, great for base cuts in berry bushes and thorny plants
  • Unmatched blade design dramatically reduces force to cut
  • Lightweight, high-strenght elliptical 36" aluminum handles
  • Resharpenable
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Price: $74.95
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CORONA BP-4250 BYPASS PRUNER

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  • Lightweight forged aluminum handles 
  • High - carbon steel blade and hook, cutting up to 1 inch diameter
  • Ergonimically angled head for less bending of the wrist
  • Bypass allows for close, cleaner and healthier cuts
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Price: $36.95
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CORONA GT-3060 HOE/CULTIVATOR

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  • Strong, lightweight steel handle adjusts from 18" to 32" for extra reach 
  • Head is fully heat- treated for enhanced durability 
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Price: $14.95
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E-C Pick Blueberry Picker Basket

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Designed Specifically for Blueberry Picking
Curved Body Side of Basket
All Areas Drain When Washed
Approx size 11" x 6" x 7 1/2"
Tapers to 6" wide
Belt Sold Separately

On quantities over 20 additional shipping may apply 

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Quantity Price
1 - 9 $3.650 each
10 - 49 $3.000 each
50 + $2.550 each
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AZ, CA, CO, ID, MT, NV, NM, OR, TX, UT, WA, WY
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Fertilizer - Blueberry - 4# bag

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Based on our experience this is just the right formula for blueberries!
12-5-12
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Fruit Gardener's Bible

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From planting to picking, everything you need to know to grow your own fresh fruits and nuts.
Learn how to create edible landscapes with blackberries, blueberries, gooseberries, grapes, raspberries, strawberries and See More Details

Price: $25.95
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Sulfur 2 lb bag

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Elemental Sulfur 90%. Lowers pH in Alkaline soils. No oil coating so it is more water soluble. A good economical choice to lower pH because of it's ability to make significant shifts in soil pH and for the longevity of that shift. Requires moisture and See More Details

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The Backyard Berry Book

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A hands-on guide to growing berries, brambles, and vine fruit in the home garden, by Stella Otto. Other chapters include: Strawberries, Rhubarb, Blueberries, Lingonberries, Currant and Gooseberries, Grapes, and Kiwifruit. Excellent resource for the backyard gardener.See More Details

Price: $19.95
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What's Wrong With My Fruit Garden?

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Over 300 pages.  Clear, easy to follow advice and helpful diagnostic photos to guide you along the path to successful, abundant organic harvests for berries, trees, nuts, vines and tropicals.See More Details

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Video Instructions

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Pruning A Blueberry Bush
Pruning Young, Middle Aged, and Old Blueberry Plants
Checking for Winter Damage
Why Buy From Indiana Berry

 

Information 
The blueberry is a highly specialized crop. It has exacting soil and climatic needs. It's cultural requirements differ from other fruits. The initial cost of establishing a planting is high, and the first full crops occur 5 to 7 years after planting. No crop is picked for the first 2 years. In the 3rd year, 400 to 800 lbs. per acre. Full crops of 2 to 3  tons per acre can occur as early as the 5th year and should be expected by the 8th year. 
 
Selecting Planting Site
The blueberry grows best in sites where most other crops fail. They perform best on loosely textured soils-mixtures of sand and peat are best. Choose very acid soils ranging from pH 5.0 to 5.5. Avoid soils testing higher than pH 5.5 for commercial planting. Constant but moderate soil moisture is needed by the blueberry. Best soils are those where the water table remains within 14" to 22" below the surface. Good surface drainage is very important since blueberry roots need plenty of aeration. Water remaining on the surface for more than a day during any part of the growing season is harmful to roots. The newly-cleared land is best for planting since it usually contains more organic matter. Thoroughly work the soil for at least 2 years proceeding planting to subdue weeds and grasses. Test the pH of your soil ideal pH should be between 5.0 and 5.5 if soil test is below 4.5 pH add lime. If the soil test is above 5.5 pH add elemental sulfur to reduce the pH. 
 
How to plant
When planting use 2 to 3-year-old plants. Avoid plants older than 3 years of commercial planting. Plant early in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. Space plants 4' apart in rows of 10' apart. Set plants at the same depth as grown in the nursery. Mix a shovelful of acid peat with the soil in each planting hole when setting in sandy soils low in organic matter. Remove fruit buds, either before or soon after setting the plants. Cultivated berries are self-fertile. However, if you want a long harvest season, plant 2 or 3 varieties ripening in succession. Experiments indicate berries may be larger and slightly earlier maturing when cross-pollination does occur. Most blueberry roots are close to the soil surface. Cultivate no deeper than 2" to 3" and only often enough to keep weeds in check.  
 
Fertilize 
1st Year waits until the first leaves have reached full size, apply 1 TBS of 12-5-12 fertilizer within a circle 1 foot from the plant, repeat every 6 weeks until mid-summer.

2nd Year apply 2 TBS increase the circle unto 1 1/2 feet from the plant before new growth begins in the spring.

3rd Year apply 1 cup when new growth begins in the spring.

CAUTION - BLUEBERRIES CAN BE DAMAGED BY EXCESS FERTILIZER ALLOW FOR RAIN OR IRRIGATION BETWEEN APPLICATIONS.
 
Pruning
Blueberry plants need annual pruning. Remove the small, spindly growth near the base of the plant. This will promote an upright bush and keep fruit away from the ground. Prune to remove dead and injured branches, fruiting branches close to the ground, spindly, bushy twigs on mature branches, and old stems or parts low in vigor. Blueberry bushes which are pruned moderately each year produce larger berries and tend to make the fruit ripen faster. 
Prune during dormancy, after the leaves have dropped in the fall, and during winter until buds swell in the spring. Use pine or oak sawdust that has been aged for 2 years for mulch. 

Don’t make cuts unless the weather is to cooperate. One of the biggest dangers when pruning is leaving the plants susceptible to winter injury. Many times we are tempted to prune during those midwinter warm-up days but it is best to wait until the weather is more likely to remain moderate. Pruning can reduce fruit tree cold tolerance, making them more susceptible to cold injury for a week or more following the process. If we prune during a 60 degree warm-up in January, by then is followed by near zero temperature a few days later we can see the severe injury to plants during the warm spell. Wet weather can also lead to disease if the weather is warm when pruning, insect activity will increase along with a better chance that pests can gain access via pruning cuts.
 
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Sam's Tip:
3 Things Needed to Grow Blueberries Well!
     1.  Soil pH between 5.0 and 5.5
     2.  High Organic Content - 3% or Higher
     3.  High Water Table but NOT Standing Water

With all three things your blueberries will grow like weeds.  If you don't have all three, work is harder.

Shipping Information

We are dedicated to shipping your plants the fastest, most economical way possible. It is important that your plants not sit in a warehouse over a week-end. Orders shipping to western states are typically shipped on Mondays for Friday delivery. Indiana orders are typically shipped on Thursdays for Friday delivery. Remaining states are shipped on Tuesdays and Wednesdays.

Estimate Your Shipping Charges

We currently ship within the U.S. using UPS Ground, 3-Day Select, 2-Day or Next Day Air. For UPS ground service, the minimum shipping charge is $10.00.

Expedited Shipping: Unless you have a specific need to ship quickly, it is not necessary to choose expedited shipping. The majority of our plant orders ship UPS Ground or Priority Mail and arrive by the end of the week they are shipped in terrific shape, ready for planting.

Special Note for Alaska: All Alaska orders are shipped Priority Mail. Shipping cost depends on number of boxes and total weight, which we do not know until your order is packed. Therefore, your credit card will be charged two different times. Once at time of order for merchandise only and again at time of shipping for shipping costs only. If you want to be notified with the shipping cost prior to your card being charged please make a note in the comments section. Keep in mind this will delay your shipment if we are unable to reach you.

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$100.01 - $150.00 $22.95  
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