Assortment of Rabbit eye varieties suitable for Northland fruit set.
Blueberries are separated into three species – Lowbush, Highbush and Rabbiteye. The rabbiteye type is the one generally recommended to grow up here in Northland as it requires less chilling hours
The plants are evergreen and highly vigorous growers capable of producing high yields of fruit. Rabbiteye blueberries have a long flowering to ripening period compared to other types of blueberries. They require cross pollination for fruit set and this will increase the yield. They are less fussy about their soil requiring less acid soil than other blueberries, but still prefer free-draining soil with a pH around 5.5, and no lime. Rabbiteyes are reasonably drought tolerant but definitely benefit from irrigation during the development of the fruit. A very easy plant to grow with a small amount of pruning to shape, mulching with plenty of organic matter and adequate water. The plants are attractive all year round from the ?lily of the valley? flowers in spring to the delicious fruit and onto the autumn colours. They will start producing fruit in 2-3 seasons. High in antioxidants and anti-inflammatory properties which is enhanced the longer the fruit is left on the bush. Reasonable levels of vitamin C, A, E & several B, they are also a good source of dietary fibre. Studies have showed this berry is also anti-aging, a cup of blueberries a day enables people to be 5-6% better at motor skills!