Rabbiteye Blueberry Variety with Good Fruit Set
The Premier Blueberry bush offers big, delicious berries that are a tasty, healthy and easily grown addition to any home garden, raised bed 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 Rabbiteye Premier Blueberry plant being a large berry producer, you will easily grow enough berries to make muffins, smoothies, cakes, bread, pies, even add them to your morning oatmeal or cereal. Fresh blueberries are also easy to freeze, providing off-season enjoyment as well.
The Premier variety was released jointly by the USDA and North Carolina State University in 1978. The blueberry bush tolerates a higher PH than many varieties and is a vigorous, upright and taller grower, reaching 6 to 10 feet tall and 6 to 8 feet wide. Around 550 chill hours are needed for ideal fruit set.
All 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! Purchase our Blueberry Bundle of 3 plants to save time, money, and have a bounty of blueberries!
Having trouble with your blueberry plants producing fruit? Check out our Why is My Blueberry Bush Not Producing? blog for troubleshooting help!
Premier Blueberry Bush Care
Blueberries are large, light blue and ripen early to mid season, ready for harvest in late May to early June. Plant in full sun for best results, though they can tolerate partial shade. If you are looking for more premier blueberry information read on!
Fertilizing blueberries is easy with our slow release fertilizer that only needs to be applied once a year in the spring growing season. Excess fertilizer easily damages blueberries, so be sure to allow for rain between applications.
Blueberry plants prefer acidic soil and should be planted early in the season in early spring. A layer of organic matter, mulch, or peat moss will help retain moisture. Additionally, check out our Blueberry Soil Mix for the best soil to amend your blueberry plants with. Perform a soil test to check the soil pH when planting.
How to Plant a Blueberry Bushes
This rabbiteye blueberry bush grows best across the United States in USDA growing zones 7-9 and is not the most cold hardy. The advantage of buying our potted blueberry bush is their well-developed root systems that will have them quickly thriving in your yard.
Dig a hole the size of the root ball. Plant the blueberry plant at ground level. Blueberries prefer well draining soil but it’s a good idea to keep the soil moist to establish the roots during the first year. Prune blueberries in late winter or early spring. Pruning during the spring and summer you may cut off fruiting buds.
Growing blueberries is fun and easy! You will get tons of delicious fruit in the first year of planting.
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Check out our blueberry grow guide for more information on growing and harvesting blueberries and which type of blueberry variety to choose!
Once your Premier 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.
PREMIER BLUEBERRY CARE:
The Premier 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.
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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 Powder Blue 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
Blue, medium green
Growing Zones 7, 8, 9
This plant wasn’t as big and leaves were falling off when I received it
Plant arrived perfectly at its destination in South Florida! It made the perfect Mother’s Day gift. It had tons of blueberries on it and was a great size. I will definitely be order from perfect plants again!
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.