A few years ago blueberries were only grown in states with colder temperatures than ours. Within the last few years scientists at the University of Florida have developed a series of blueberry hybrid plants that thrive in Florida’s USDA 8 through 11 heat zones. Grown specifically for areas with less than 400 chill hours (between 32 and 45 degrees), the Southern Highbush cultivar grows well in Central Florida. With proper site selection and preparation, this blueberry hybrid will grow quite well and produce many baskets of sweet delicious berries for baking, making jellies and jams, and eating right off the bush.
These tiny little gems pack a potent punch. They rank the highest of any fruit for antioxidants (those free-radical-fighting powerhouses), and one cup delivers 14% of the recommended daily dose of fiber and nearly a quarter of the recommended daily intake of vitamin C. Blueberries are also low in calories — fewer than 100 for a full cup. These plants, besides producing fruit, are a very attractive addition to your landscape.
The plants should be in a sunny area and should have 4-5 feet between plantings. Fertilize and water regularly and you should have a bumper crop.
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