Sweet Berries Produced in Summer for Picking
The Tifblue blueberry plant produces big, delicious berries on hardy canes, making a must-have for your garden or landscape!
Blueberries are your go-to super food due to their high levels of antioxidants. The healing powers of blueberries are widely known. You just can’t beat the flavor of blueberries picked fresh off a plant you grew. Kids love them too!
With the Tifblue bush being a heavy berry producer, you will easily grow enough medium sized berries to make tons of muffins, smoothies, cakes, bread, pies, or even add them to your morning oatmeal or cereal. Blueberries are also easy to freeze, providing off-season enjoyment as well.
Tifblue blueberry bush was introduced at the University of Georgia Experiment Station in Tifton, GA. This amazing blueberry was a breakthrough in hybridizing native river bottom plants from Georgia and Florida habitats.
TIFBLUE BLUEBERRY INFORMATION
It can handle colder weather better than other Rabbiteye blueberries, so this shrub is great for cooler climates. Around 650 chilling hours are the Tifblue blueberry chill hour requirement needed for this plant to set fruit properly. Grows best in USDA hardiness zones 7-9. The tifblue blueberry plant zones make it slightly cold hardy in the Southern states.
Fruits are large, light blue, and fully ripe later in the harvest season, ready for harvest in mid-June to late July. Excess fertilizer easily damages blueberries, so be sure to allow for rain between applications. Plant in full sun for best results!
The tifblue blueberry plant size can get up to 3-15 feet tall and 3-10 feet wide at full maturity. Be sure to check out our blog post on How to Prune Blueberry Bushes.
The advantage of buying our potted blueberries is that their well-developed root systems will have them quickly thriving in your yard. These blueberry varieties do not ship bare root for the safety of the plants.
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After the orders ship, be sure to plant the berry bush as soon as the plants arrive. You can even plant in raised beds with organic matter such as shredded pine bark, pine straw, or peat moss as mulch to support vigorous upright growth. Blueberries prefer acidic soil and we have a special Blueberry Soil Mix that will amend your native soil or container soil perfectly.
Blueberries require cross-pollination to produce fruit. We suggest purchasing three plants of at least two different varieties for ideal fruit production. Choosing varieties that fruit at different times in the season will extend your berry availability throughout the year. The Rabbiteye blueberry TifBlue is a great choice for your berry collection.
Not getting any blue berries? Check out our Why is My Blueberry Bush Not Producing blog for more info.
Shop the Tifblue Blueberry plant for sale. Blueberry planting is a fun activity for gardeners of any age.
Once your Tifblue Blueberry Bush order is placed, we will ship your plant(s) within seven business days year round unless during the checkout process you request otherwise in the space provided to do so.
Perfect Plants’ shipping specialists carefully package your plants using a proven packaging method that ensures your plants arrive healthy, colorfully alive and ready to flourish. We’ve coined the term ‘upside down box test’ and we do just that; we carefully package so that regardless of the direction your box is handled, it will not harm your precious plant that’s inside.
No shipping process is without a problem from time to time. On rare occasions some plants may experience some of the following during their transit: drooping, minor leaf-loss and/or minimal yellowing/discoloration, minor limb damage, etc. These instances are quite rare, but can happen when shipping plants in boxes.
Plants normally recover within a few weeks after planting. If a damaged box has injured your plant on the inside, please notify us within 5 days of receiving you package(s) by emailing us a photograph of the damage.
We always do our very best to ensure that your plants are packed and shipped in the safest, gentlest and most effective way possible.
Will my plants and trees look like the photographs?
Absolutely! Unlike other online nurseries, our photos are of actual plants and trees we’ve grown here, on our family operated nursery.
Growing our own plants and trees helps to ensure we ship you the best quality plants that are free of pests and diseases.
Your plants and trees may however not ship with flowers on them, like the photographs. This all depends on the time of year you buy your plant or tree. Crape Myrtle trees, for example, only bloom during the summer months, so if you purchase one during the spring or fall, they would ship without flowers. Once planted, your plants will grow and thrive giving you flowers for many years to come!
Pot sizes (commonly referred to in gallons) are shipped in the same size nursery trade pots which may vary in actual volume. Some plants may have been at the approximate pot size listed, but require excess dirt to be removed so that you will not be paying any additional shipping costs. This doesn’t happen very often though.
Our shipping charges are based on the value of your order. Please use the chart below to see what your shipping charge will be.
TIFBLUE BLUEBERRY CARE:
The Tifblue Rabbiteye Blueberry will grow best in an area that is full sun or partial shade. They require soil that is well drained but moist especially throughout the growing season. Acidic, organically rich soil is best for fruit production. Adding peat moss or elemental sulfur can amend the soil. In areas where acidity is harder to achieve, planting in raised beds or pots may more easily facilitate amended soil.
Healthy pruning practices can make a big difference in berry production. It is recommended that the first year’s fruit buds be removed to allow the plant to focus on root structure and vegetative growth. In following years, Blueberries should be pruned annually in late winter or early spring. Low to the ground growth, rubbing canes, shorter or less productive branches and overly leggy branches should be removed at their base. Lack of vigorous pruning each year will lead to larger number of smaller sized, less flavorful berries.
Blueberries need a cross-pollinator to bear fruit. Planting two or more varieties 3 to 6 feet apart is recommended.
Click here for our more extensive Blueberry Grow Guide
Dig a hole approximately twice as wide as your new plant’s root ball and deep enough so that the top of the root ball is equal with the ground level.
Loosen the root ball using a small garden spade or by hand. Breaking smaller outer roots can encourage growth into the new soil, but take care to not damage large primary roots.
Place the plant in the hole and ensure that it is situated evenly upright. Use the excavated soil to fill in around the root ball, using your foot to pack it in firmly. Thoroughly soak with a hose as you fill in the dirt. Take great care to not leave any gaps or air spaces around the root ball as this could kill the plant.
A 2-4 inch layer of mulch is strongly recommended to help retain moisture and discourage weed growth. Apply mulch over the entire planting area but keep away from the stems or trunk by a few inches. Ensure that the plant and surrounding soil is completely soaked with water.
To ensure the proper nutrients are available for the life of your Tifblue Blueberry bush, our proprietary Perfect Plants Special Blend Soil and a once yearly application of Nutricote Total 360 Fertilizer are great considerations for your new plants!
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Full Sun / Partial Shade
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
Arrived quickly and in good condition, already bearing many berries.
Blueberries came packaged extremely well. The root ball was still wet when I received the plants! Would highly recommend these.
Plant shipped promptly but arrived three days late due to a UPS carrier issue. Plant was well branched, leafed and had fruit. There was limited stem/leaf damage and shock from spending a week (vs 3-4 days) in a dark box. However it has recovered nicely, adapted to the NJ climate and is growing rather well in its pot. It will be transplanted shortly to my yard.