Blueberry (Marimba) Plants
FRUIT-BLUE-1-5Regular price $16.50
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.)