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Hargreaves Plants is working with a select range of the world's leading blueberry breeders in order to offer the best varieties to its customer base. 

Hargreaves Plants is working with a select range of the world's leading blueberry breeders in order to offer the best varieties to its customer base. 

It is also in a position to offer the highest quality material of these cultivars.  Hargreaves Plants is trialling many different varieties and strains to identify 'winners' for the European market.

The company believes that as the world demand from health conscious consumers continues there will be increasing demands from the multiples for the blueberry fruit.  Many growers will be new to the plants and Hargreaves Plants feel these should have as much assistance as possible to get the best out of the plants.  To this end it has endeavoured to set out some of the basic requirements for growing.  A detailed information guide is available on request.

It is paramount that new plantations get off to the best start, that growers share an understanding of the plants and that detailed consideration is given to their health status.

It is important to remember that it would not be wise, and could be construed as short term, to start a plantation with poor quality plants.  The best advice is not to take this risk as the consequences will be there for the life of the plantation.

Please feel free to discuss plant quality with Hargreaves Plants technical staff.

Hargreaves Plants is accredited with ISO 9001:2008Hargreaves Plants is accredited with ISO 9001:2008 'Management Standards' demonstrating that the company is dedicated to delivering quality services and products in an environmental and sustainable manner

Our Blueberry Plant Varieties are listed below.
Please click on the Heading Strip (if closed) and then the variety image for more plant information.

 

  • Early Season Blueberry Plants

     

    Draper Blueberry Plants

    Draper Blueberry PlantsDraper Blueberry Plant

    Strong upright growth and highly productive

    A mid-season variety which crops a few days before Bluecrop, this variety has strong upright growth and is highly productive.  The fruit is consistently large and uniform and is light blue in colour, firm with crisp flesh.  The flavour is low acid and the fruit has a strong skin.  Some of the notable features are ease of picking of the ripe fruit and the concentrated ripening period, post-harvest colour retention and its shelf-life.  This variety is protected by Plant Variety Rights within the EU and Hargreaves Plants licence allows marketing throughout Greater Europe.

     The Plant

    • Square growth habit
    • Early mid-season cultivar
    • Easy  to pick plant, easy fruit release

    Fruit quality

    • Excellent post harvest colour
    • Strong skin
    • Good shelf life
    • Highly productive
    • Crisp and sweet flavour
    • Large berries

    Growing Points

    • Good machine harvest fruit
    • Outstanding fresh market berries
    • Good machine harvest options
    • Fresh shipping possible

    Ideal Markets

    • Fresh Market
    • Pick Your Own
    • Processing Market

    For further information, please make contact via the following;
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    Duke Blueberry Plants

    Duke Blueberry PlantsDuke

    One of the heaviest most consistent Producers

    Early, medium to large light blue berries with a mildly sweet flavour.  This attractive berry is quite firm and retains its fresh quality longer than most varieties.  Duke blossoms late but ripens early, which protects blossoms from spring frosts.  It is one of the heaviest, most consistent producers, often yielding over 9kg per bush when mature.  Duke bushes are upright growers but the branches will droop to the ground when laden with fruit.  The foliage turns yellow-orange in the autumn.

    Height 1.5 - 2m when mature.

     The Plant

    • Strong upright growth habit
    • Highly productive plant
    • High early yields
    • Easy to pick plant, fruit releases well
    • Good post harvest colour retention

    The Fruit

    •  Low acid
    • Strong skin
    • Good shelf life
    • Concentrated ripening
    • Highly productive
    • Large berries

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    Earliblue Blueberry Plants

    Earliblue Blueberry Plant


     

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    Spartan Blueberry Plants

    Spartan Blueberry PlantsSpartan

    Early Cropping Blueberry

    The Plant

    • Upright growth habit
    • Highly productive with widespread harvesting season
    • Early to mid fruiting cultivar
    • Vigorous bush establishment
    • Requires up to 3 pickings, harvest starts end-of-June to early July

    The Fruit

    • Light, powder blue coloured berry
    • Good shelf life
    • Rich flavour
    • Highly productive
    • Large berries
    • Must be picked when fully ripe

    For further information, please make contact via the following;
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    Sunshine Blue Blueberry Plants

    Sunshine Blue Blueberry PlantsSunshine Blue

    Small Statue Patio Blueberry

    The Fruit

    • Sky powder blue colour
    • Strong skin, very firm
    • Good shelf life
    • July harvesting
    • Early season

    The Plant

    • Southern High bush
    • A compact growth habit
    • Evergreen bush
    • Early/Mid fruiting cultivar vigorous bush, easy grow
    • Self pollinating
    • Low chill 150 hours

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  • Mid Season Blueberry Plants

     

     

    Bluecrop Blueberry Plants

    Bluecrop Blueberry PlantsBluecrop

    The best all round variety for consistent yields

    Another mid season, Bluecrop is considered the best all round variety for consistent yields, large high quality fruit and disease resistance.  It is an upright, open growing bush.  There are other varieties with better ornamental value but none better in the garden.  It is the leading commercial variety of Northern Highbush in the world.

    Height 1.5 - 2m when mature.

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    Bluegold Blueberry Plants

    Bluegold Blueberry Plants
    Bluegold

    A mid season cold hardy

    Bluegold features a compact round bush.  Autumn foliage and winter wood are golden yellow followed by bright white blooms in the spring.  The firm, flavourful berries form large clusters that are easy to pick.  Due to the heavy fruiting habit, commercial growers sometimes refer to it as the 'mortgage lifter', the plant breeders just call it 'Bluegold'.

    Height 1.0 - 1.5m when mature.

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    Chandler Blueberry Plants

    Chandler Blueberry PlantsChandler Blueberry Plants

    A Fruit size of Cherries and a Delicious Flavour

    Chandler, a mid to late season variety, is living proof that bigger is better!  With fruit the size of cherries and surprisingly delicious flavour, Chandler holds the distinction of being the world's largest blueberry.  Another great feature is its long ripening season that will provide customers with a bounty of fresh picked fruit over 6 weeks.  The bush is vigourous with large dark green foliage and a slightly spreading habit.

    Height 1.5 - 2.5m when mature.

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    Legacy Blueberry Plants

    Legacy Blueberry PlantsLegacy

    Sometimes referred to as the 'Goldbush' due to its heavy production

    This late season blueberry offers a different look through the winter by keeping its leaves.  Foliage will turn bright orange in colder climates but can stay green.  Legacy plants are vigorous, upright and slightly spreading.  Sometimes it is referred to as the 'Goldbush' due to its heavy production.  The berries are medium large, light blue with a robust blueberry flavour.  Rated as one of the best flvoured varieties in USDA trials.

     Height 1.5 - 2m when mature.

     The Plant

    • Upright vigorous growth habit
    • Highly adaptable to all climates
    • High yield once established
    • Mid-Late season cultivar
    • Easy pick plant, easy fruit release

    Fruit quality

    • Good post harvest color retention
    • Superior scar and flavour
    • Strong skin
    • Good shelf life
    • Light blue colour
    • Medium - Large berries

    Growing Points

    • Good machine harvest fruit
    •  Green fruits hold on until ripe
    • Outstanding fresh market berries
    • Good machine harvest options
    • Holds on to leaves quite well through winter

    Ideal Markets

    • Fresh Market
    • Pick Your Own
    • Processing Market

     

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    North Country Blueberry Plants

    North Country Blueberry PlantsNorth Country

    Cold Hardy Hybrid Blueberry

    The Plant

    • A broad mounded shrub
    • Excellent fall colour
    • Strong green foliage and outstanding scarlet leaves
    • Grows to around 60cm at full maturity

    The Fruit

    • Exceptional wild berry flavour
    • Royal blue coloured, medium sized berries
    • Firm flesh which can be maintained for up to a week post-harvest cooled climates
    • Harvest period is late June to early July and fruit fully develops within 7-10 days
    • Berries produced in abundance in healthy plants

     

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    Ozarkblue Blueberry Plants

    Ozarkblue Blueberry PlantsOzarkblue Blueberry Plant

    Very vigorous plants for rapid establishment

    The Fruit

    • Superb flavour, placed as the best tasting blueberry in taste panels
    • Large berries averaging up to 2.4g per fruit
    • Excellent light coloured berry
    • Tangy, rich flavour to the very firm flesh

    The Plant

    • Very high yields of 7kg per plant on 4/5 year bushes
    • Good disease resistance
    • Very vigorous plants for rapid establishment
    • Mid/ late season cultivar required as a pollinator
    • Quite cold hardy but also succeeds in areas with hot summers

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    Pink Lemonade Blueberry Plants

    Pink Lemonade Blueberry PlantsPink Lemonade

    Looking Pretty in Pink

    The Plant

    • Bushy upright growth
    • Southern high bush cultivar
    • Not self-fertile, should be planted with another Rabbiteye for cross-pollination
    • Pink-white flowers
    • Susceptible to strong prolonged frost
    • Ideal for Home Garden Market

    The Fruit

    • Powder pink colour
    • Strong and firm skin
    • Good shelf life
    • Sweet flavour
    • Average production yield
    • Medium berries
    • Fruiting from early autumn

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  • Late Season Blueberry Plants

     

    Aurora Blueberry Plants

    Aurora Blueberry PlantsAurora

    Extremely high productive plant

    The Plant

    • Square growth habit
    • Extremely highly productive plant
    • Very late fruiting cultivar
    • Vigorous bush
    • Requires 3-4 pickings
    • Resistant to cracking

    The Fruit

    • Darker colour than Elliott
    • Better shelf life than Elliott
    • Rich flavor, slightly tart
    • Highly productive
    • Large berries

    Growing Points

    • Must be picked fully ripe
    • Harvests 1 week before Elliott
    • Ideal Markets:
    • Fresh Market
    • Pick Your Own
    • Garden Market

    THIS PLANT VARIETY IS PROTECTED BY THE PLANT VARIETY RIGHTS WITHIN THE EU.

    For further information, please make contact via the following; 

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    Elliot Blueberry Plants

    Elliott Blueberry PlantsElliot

    The Long established Late Variety

    The Plant

    • Bushy, upright growth habit
    • Picking can last for 3-5 weeks
    • Late fruiting cultivar
    • Well established planting
    • Not suited to high temperature growing areas

    The Fruit

    •  Light blue colour
    • Medium size berries
    • Good shelf life
    • Good flavour, though can be tart if picked too early
    • Good skin strength
    • High production
    • Harvests one week after Liberty

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    Liberty Blueberry Plants

    Liberty Blueberry PlantsLiberty

    Recommended for mechanical harvest

    A late season variety from a Brigitta x Elliot cross with a vigorous, upright to slightly spreading growth habit and long drooping laterals.  First pick is usually five days before Elliot with ripening concentrated over two or three picks.  The fruit is medium to large, sky blue in colour and very firm.  This variety is recommended for mechanical harvest and for fresh and and processing markets.  This variety is protected by Plant Variety Rights within the EU and Hargreaves Plants' licence allows marketing throughout Greater Europe.

     The Plant

    • Strong upright growth habit
    • Highly productive plant
    • 2-3 pickings required
    • Late fruiting cultivar
    • Fast growing, vigorous bush
    • Tolerant to temperature fluctuation

    Fruit quality

    • Sky blue colour
    • Strong skin very firm
    • Good shelf life
    • Aromatic flavour
    • Highly productive
    •  Large berries

    Growing Points

    • Vigorous plant, establishes well

    • High potential for mechanical harvest

    • Harvests 1 week before Elliott 

    Ideal Markets

    • Fresh Market
    • Pick Your Own
    • Processing Market

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  • Cranberry Plants

    Pilgrim Cranberry PlantPILGRIM

    The Evergreen Cranberry

    The Plant

    • Low growing habit- ideal for pots and hanging baskets
    • Evergreen cranberry
    • Pink flowers
    • Dark red berries with distinctive, tart flavour

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  • Blueberry - Plant Availability

    Plants are supplied as per the trading Terms and Conditions of Hargreaves Plants (see terms and conditions) which are supplied with every order acknowledgement, delivery note and invoice.

    Orders will be accepted with a 25% deposit and all blueberry plants will require payment in full prior to despatch.

    Please note that many varieties are protected by Plant Breeders Rights and therefore propagation without a licence is illegal.

    The minimum order for blueberries is 50 plants and multiples thereof.

    Before ordering please ensure you have ascertained the folllowing:

    Customer Information Required

    • Soil Tests
    • pH of soil
    • Organic matter content (%)
    • Mineral content (please itemise)
    • Nematode test done - Yes or No

    Water

    • pH
    • Mineral content - Calcium Low/High/Bicarbonates
    • Source - mains/on farm reservoir/other

    Trace Elements

    • Sodium salts - Yes/No
    • Others

    Fumigation

    • Test before - Nematode count
    • Test after - Nematode count
    • Fumigation Type - Chloropicrin/Other


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  • Choosing Blueberry Varieties

    Choosing Blueberry Varieties

    It is essential that the right varieties are chosen to fit into the covered area or site chosen since they vary in height and spread. 

    In a field situation, rows are placed 3m apart and there is 1.25m between plants to give a hedgerow effect.  The number of plants per hectare can vary from 2690 to 3588. 

    Picking will require a reasonable space between rows and it is best to have three varieties for cross-pollination and, therefore, better yield.  Blueberries are self-pollinators but it is recognised that cross-pollination does improve yield.  In a glasshouse or tunnel, pollination is the same as for strawberries, where bumblebees are recommended.

    A deciding factor when choosing a variety to be grown should also be the length of cropping season, since some blueberry varieties have a concentrated ripening period where most of the fruit is ripe within two picks.  This can vary with growing conditions and the health of the plant, but generally around three to four picks is common for most varieties.

    Varieties, which have performed well in field plots for fresh markets are Draper, Liberty, Aurora, Bluecrop, Duke and Spartan. 

    Hargreaves Plants is proud to have a European licence for these Michigan bred blueberry varieties - Draper, Liberty and Aurora.

    Plants are normally supplied in two litre pots but can be produced otherwise.

    Hargreaves Plants is conducting extensive Research and Development into blueberry plants with support under the England Rural Development Programme by the Department for Environment, Food and Rural Affairs and the European Agricultural Guidance and Guarantee Fund.

  • Blueberry - Guidance For New Growers

    As with any new crop knowledge and preparation are key components for success.

    In the following section, 'Preparations', some of the considerations to be covered are listed.

    WARNING

    Hargreaves Plants always recommend that you should consult your local advisor regarding chemical applications of any kind, whether it is fertiliser or a chemical. Any products mentioned specifically are given as a guide only and not an endorsement of guaranteed success. Hargreaves Plants does not accept any liability for crop failure or damage incurred.

    For more detailed information contact your advisor or to request a copy of our information guide please email: This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

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