Blue Crop Blueberries – Delicious, Sweet, Tart, & Worth It!
As a person who didn’t always love blueberries, I can tell you blue crop blueberries are lifechanging. At least they were for me – I sincerely give this blueberry variety my full and honest stamp of approval.
I fell in love with blue crop berries when I took my oldest daughter blueberry picking with my brother—her Uncle Mikey—when she was only 2 years old.
I am being completely truthful with you when I tell you – I was NOT a blueberry person at this time. My daughter has always been obsessed with fruit and I bought them pretty much solely for her.
All of that changed in the summer of 2014 on that fateful day of blue crop blueberry picking!
What are Blue Crop Blueberries?
Blue crop blueberries are scientifically known as Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Bluecrop.’ This highbush blueberry shrub typically grows between 4 and 6 feet high and spreads about the same. These blueberries are perfect for baking, snacking, freezing, and basically any other blueberry uses.
What do Blue Crop blueberries look like?
Blue crop berries are large, round, and plentiful. Bluecrop blueberries practically glow with a lovely, glossy sheen.
What zones do they grow in?
Well-suited for cooler regions, these berries thrive in zones 4 through 7. Outside of this range, you may want to trying growing blue crop blueberries in containers.
What do Blue Crop Blueberries taste like?
Blue crop blueberries tend to be firm and flavorful, bursting with a flavor that is the perfect blend of sweet tanginess. Flavor and tartness may vary slightly depending on ripeness.
Where can I pick Blue Crop blueberries?
Finding a blueberry orchard is your first step. After you find a blueberry farm near you, simply give them a call or send a Facebook message to ask which variety of blueberries they have available for picking.
BTW – I highly recommend using the website PickYourOwn.org to find all sorts of wonderful pick-your-own farms in your area.
For the record, my brother and I took my daughter to pick blueberries at the former Willow Creek Orchards location in Worcestor County. Now this location is called The Longview Center for Agriculture / Greener Partners.
At this farm, blueberry picking runs from late June to late July. I believe we went in early to mid-July in 2014.
Where can I buy Blue Crop Blueberries?
Check your local nurseries, greenhouses, garden centers, and big box stores for blue crop blueberries. I’ve purchased them at Lowe’s and Home Depot recently.
I’ve also seen blueberry blue crop bushes for sale at Ken’s Gardens in Lancaster, PA. You can likely find this delicious berry at top garden center retailers and wholesalers in your area.
Tips on Growing a Blue Crop Blueberry Bush
Growing blueberry bushes in the backyard garden can be very rewarding as long as you meet the blueberry plant’s growing requirements.
Keep these tips in mind for growing bluecrop blueberries:
- Full Sun – Blueberries in general grow best in full sun. Your plants may not produce well or at all if they don’t get at least 6 to 8 hours of sun.
- Acidic Soil – Plan accordingly as blueberries require acidic soil to bear fruit. If you aren’t sure, do a soil test and aim for a pH between 4.5 and 4.8. Amend the soil with acid-loving fertilizer if needed.
- Border Crop – Use highbush blueberries like these as a border crop since they grow fairly tall.
- Pollinator – Although bluecrop is self-pollinating, you can grow another kind of blueberries to increase yields. Consider another Northern Highbush such as Jersey or Earliblue, or half-highbush such as Polaris or Chippewa.
It’s hard to go wrong with a tart and tangy yet sweet berry. Have you tried these delicious blueberries?
If you try to grow blue crop blueberries. I hope you love them as much as we do!
Feel free to chat with us in the comments all about this delightful berry. We love hearing from you!