Image of young Marimba Southern Highbush Blueberry Plant with oval dark green leaves

Blueberry (Marimba) Plants

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Blueberries are the perfect solution for gardeners who love berries but have small spaces to play with. They can be grown into a hedge, or planted in a gorgeous patio pot.  Marimba is a Southern Highbush with a low chill requirement - a good choice for most North Island gardens.  

Urban Bounty Marimba Blueberries come in a 2 litre pot.  This variety should be planted with another type of Blueberry for cross-pollination.

About Marimba Blueberries

Blueberries look great in lots of different garden styles - from elegant spaces to apartment courtyards or rambling cottage gardens. 

The Marimba Blueberry is an attractive variety that fruits in December, producing dark blue, medium-sized berries. 

Culinary Uses for Blueberries  

Blueberries are often called one of nature's 'superfoods' due to their high vitamin C and antioxidant levels.  They are the perfect fresh lunchbox snack, or sprinkled over muesli.  Blueberries can also be preserved, or frozen to for smoothies or muffins.

Blueberries are ready to pick about 7 days after turning blue.  Keep picking regularly to encourage your plants to keep fruiting.  Don't wash the berries before storing, as it encourages mildew.

Growing Conditions - Marimba Blueberry Plants

Blueberries can be planted in most seasons, but spring or autumn is best. Plant with another Southern Highbush variety for good pollination, spacing bushes 1 metre apart if creating a hedge. We recommend planting Thyme and Basil nearby, as they are good companion plants for Blueberries. 

Blueberries thrive with lots of sun but need rich, highly acidic and free draining soil.  They need lots of fertiliser, so dig in compost and manure pellets when planting, then top up with worm and compost in spring and summer.   Avoid using Blood and Bone, or lime-based products. 

Water regularly in the growing season, keeping soil moist but not soggy.  Once established, Blueberry bushes survive light frost, light winds and mild dry spells (although drought will affect fruiting).  

What Type of Climate Do Marimba Blueberries Prefer?

Bred in Florida for mild subtropical climates, it can be grown in most districts from Waikato north, provided they have some cooler winter nights.  (Marimba Blueberry bushes need 400 chilling hours per year to set fruit.)

We offer a replacement guarantee

To give you peace of mind, we offer a replacement guarantee if your plants do not arrive in good condition.  If there is a problem please let us know as soon as you receive your package and we will work with you to resolve it.

What will postage cost?

Postage varies by region, and by parcel size/weight. 

Customers are asked to choose the correct postage option at checkout (urban or rural). 

If you order a worm farm or garden bed and plants in the same order, the postage for the worm farm will be added to the postage for the other items.  (These items are dispatched from separate locations.) 

If you live in the South Island, Waiheke or Great Barrier Island, please contact us for a custom shipping quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz 

How often do you dispatch?

To reduce the risk of plants sitting in a courier depot over weekends, we usually ship orders on a Monday, Tuesday or Thursday (except public holidays).   

How do you package your products?

We take extra care to water plants well and drain them before sending.  Plants are shipped in specially designed packaging, designed to reduce the risk of damage in transit. Trees and bushes are securely wrapped in paper to reduce risk of soil escaping during transit.  They are well supported with scrunched up paper to prevent movement during transit.  

 

Where do you deliver to? 

We deliver to most locations in the North Island - you can order and make payment via our website, Facebook or Instagram stores.  

South Island, Waiheke and Great Barrier

While we deliver to the South Island, we ask customers in these locations to email us for a quote: info@urbanbounty.co.nz  Shipping to the South Island can be expensive and is extremely variable by location - we like to avoid nasty shocks at checkout! 

We don’t generally ship to Waiheke, Great Barrier except by special arrangement. (Delivery can be expensive, and we want to ensure that our live plants arrive in good condition.)  If items are small and non-perishable (such as seeds) delivery may be possible.  Contact us to discuss options: info@urbanbounty.co.nz

Do you deliver to post office boxes?

Unfortunately live products like plants, garden beds and worm farms can't be delivered to Post Office Boxes. Large items (like garden furniture) are delivered to the nearest freight depot for customer pickup if outside of Auckland.

 

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