What’s In The Garden Now

Blueberries 1 WN 6-9-16

Be sure to visit “What’s In The Garden Now” for our monthly crop feature.
This month’s feature is Blueberries.

The cold temperatures in Wakulla County’s latest winter were few and relatively mild. The near triple digit readings this week has had many looking back fondly to the irregular, but comparably pleasant winter.

Blueberries, like some other fruit trees grown locally, need a certain amount of time at less than 45 degrees temperature. With insufficient winter chilling most of these fruit bearing plants do not flower.

Fortunately, low-chill cultivars have been developed by plant breeders at University of Florida and elsewhere. A wide variety of named blueberry cultivars of varying size, color and taste are available with some fruiting much earlier than others.

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