‘Vernon’ Rabbiteye Blueberry

Vaccinium ashei ‘Vernon’ PP#18,291
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a to 9b
Takes the Cake™ is an early season rabbiteye blueberry that produces abundant, large berries on vigorous plants. The flavor and size improve if the firm berries continue to ripen on the bush for a few days. Takes the Cake™ should be planted with other rabbiteye blueberry cultivars, such as Bless Your Heart™ rabbiteye blueberry (Alapaha), for cross-pollination to promote adequate fruit set.
One of the most important things to remember about growing rabbiteye blueberries is to plant more than one variety of rabbiteye blueberries for cross-pollination to promote adequate fruit set. Also, choosing varieties from the different ripening categories provides a broad harvest season.
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Edibles - Fruits - Shrubs
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 4 to 5 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Habit:   Vigorous - Compact - Upright
Features:   Great Nutritional Benefits, Easy To Grow, North American Native
Pest Resistant, Disease Resistant, Heat Tolerant
Attracts:   Bees, Pollinators, Birds, Wildlife
Garden Ideas:   
Edible, Kitchen, Children’s Garden
Flower features:    
Masses of white, bell-shaped flowers that bloom in spring
Fruit & seed features:    Super large, sweet berries, beautiful color that will ripen in Late spring
Foliage type and color:    Deciduous, Green
Bluish, gray-green foliage during the growing season and bright red leaves in the late fall.
Landscape Uses:    Edible, Grouping
Accent, Border, Container, Mass Planting, Specimen
‘Vernon’ Rabbiteye Blueberry is a Low maintenance plant
Growth Size:   Medium Shrub - 4 to 5 feet tall, 3 to 4 feet wide
Growth Rate:   
Spacing:   7-10 ft apart
Exposure:   Full Sun
Watering:   Semi-Moist   Average
Soil Types:   Acidic   Well-Drained   Enriched with organic matter
General Plant Care:    Care for your shrubs includes monitoring for pests and diseases, periodically checking soil moisture, and providing fertilizer as needed. In general, plants that have sufficient water and the correct amount of fertilizer tend to not have as many pest and disease problems. Water new plants weekly during the growing season in the first year, and as needed after that.
General Planting Tips:    Choose a site suited to your plant's light, soil, and space needs. Dig a hole twice as wide but no deeper than the container. Remove plant from container and loosen roots slightly. Place the plant in the hole. If using slow-release (coated) fertilizer, you may add it according to package directions at this time. Add soil back to the hole, ensuring the top of the soil from the container is even with the surrounding soil. Water well, and add more soil if needed. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around plant, taking care to keep away from stem or trunk. See our FAQ page for more details on Mulching.
General Fertilizing Tips:    Apply acidic fertilizer according to package directions once in early spring before flowering and again in summer after fruiting. Do not apply lime.
General Pruning suggestions:    Blueberries should have their flowers removed the first year of planting. While it is hard to give up a season of harvest, it will help the plant establish and bear more fruit in years to come! Older plants (5-7 years old) need periodic renewal pruning in late winter or early spring, after buds have formed. Each year, select 2-3 of the thickest, woodiest canes and cut them to the ground. Also remove any weak, crossing, or poor-budding canes at this time. Other canes that have grown too tall to reach can be trimmed down.
USDA Hardiness Zones: 7a to 9b

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