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Bless Your Heart Blueberry

Vaccinium ashei Alapaha'
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Outstanding Rabbiteye Bless Your Heart™ Blueberry

  • Rabbiteye
  • Early Season Harvest
  • Lovely, White, Bell-Shaped Flowers
  • Blooms Later in Spring Than Other Varieties, Protects Crop Against Frosts
  • Fruit Ripens Very Early in the Season
  • Great Color, Firm and Flavorful,Medium to Large Berries
  • Compact, Upright Growth Habit
  • Beautiful Ornamental Blueberry Bush
  • Wonderful Fiery Red Fall Foliage
  • Disease and Pest Resistant
  • Heat Tolerant
  • Self-Pollinating, But Partner With Takes The Cake™ Blueberry for Best Fruit Set

Yummy new heat tolerant Bless Your Heart™ Rabbiteye Blueberry (Vaccinium ashei Alapaha') and its partner, Takes The Cake™ Blueberry are an exciting new offering from the Southern Living plant collection. Developed by the team at University of Georgia, they perform beautifully in hot summers.

Bless Your Heart is a vigorous bush that blooms a bit later than other Rabbiteye Blueberries. The flowers stand up to the sporadic early spring frosts that can plague other varieties.

They have an astounding early ripening season. Before you know it, the fruit is finished and ready for harvest. Enjoy your fresh berries warm from the sun, or added to blueberry pancakes, and as a healthy topping for oatmeal.

You'll get fruit from a single plant, as Bless Your Heart is self-pollinating. But we highly recommend that you plant it with a Takes The Cake Blueberry.

These companions bloom at the same time. You'll enjoy a much larger fruit set on both bushes if you pair them together. You'll want as many of these delicious berries as you can get your hands on!

And you'll be amazed at how fast the fruit develops! Bless Your Heart fruit develops quickly from flower to finished. It's ripe for picking very early in the season.

Enjoy them fresh-picked from the bush, or savor them slowly. They have a long shelf life and last a long time in the fridge. Of course, you'll want to dry, freeze or can the berries to prep for wintertime.

Bless Your Heart looks great all season long, too. These are very attractive landscape shrubs with showy spring flowers, beautiful berries and excellent red fall color.

It's truly an ornamental edible. Use this versatile plant in several garden applications. You'll be pleased with this outstanding choice for the modern Edible Landscape.

You'll love the high quality of these health shrubs, expertly grown by the team. Extremely well-packed plants are shipped straight to your door. It doesn't get easier than that!

Bless Your Heart Blueberry will sell out quickly. Order yours today, as we have a limited supply of these popular plants.

How to Use Bless Your Heart™ Blueberry in the Landscape

This improved variety is destined for greatness. We predict you'll be seeing a lot of them, and that they'll continue to pop up in unexpected places.

Don't be surprised to see the newlyweds down the street rip out their old foundation plants and replace them with a hard-working hedge of Bless Your Heart and Takes The Cake Blueberries.

The huge Edible Landscaping garden trend is in full swing. You'll see beautiful inspiration on Instagram and YouTube. People are re-discovering the joys of homegrown fruit.

Save money and make the sunshine work hard for you and your family. Enjoy super-fresh blueberries in suburbia or in the middle of the urban jungle.

Bless Your Heart Blueberry gives you the best of both worlds. Consider it a landscape shrub with benefits!

This gorgeous plant looks great with a compact, upright growth habit. It stays nice and narrow, so you can use it in just about any sunny spot.

Try it as a small accent shrub. The beautiful flowers and fruit are accompanied by an outstanding red fall foliage display.

Why not put a Bless Your Heart on one side of your front door, and a Takes The Cake on the other? They can be grown in outdoor containers, if you prefer. What a magnificent Thriller to greet your guests and boost your curb appeal.

Create a low hedge to define your space at the property line, or to surround the perimeter of your Kitchen Garden. Plant 4 feet apart on center to create a solid hedge. You'll measure from the center of one to the center of the next.

Add them to the sunny side of a mixed shrub border with Azaleas and Rhododendrons.

Give them as unique and memorable wedding gifts, or to celebrate one of life's many special moments. (It's also ok to give them to yourself because it's Tuesday and you like blueberries!)

Modernize your landscape by including these beautiful fruiting plants in your landscape this season. You'll have to pull out those mouth-watering family recipes for pies, cobblers, slumps, syrups and so much more.

Or, cool off in the summertime heat with super-healthy smoothies chock full of yummy, immune-boosting, skin-brightening antioxidants. Enjoy them!

#ProPlantTips for Care

Bless Your Heart needs full sun for the best fruit set. Give it at least 6 hours of direct sunlight, and plant it at least 8 feet from structures for good air circulation.

Blueberries require well-drained, acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. If you have alkaline soil with a high pH, or clay soil that retains moisture, try growing them in containers.

Try an acid-loving plant soil mix and add 1/4 pathway bark or pine straw to the mix. Top with pine straw or bark mulch, and fertilize with Dr. Earth Acidic Natural and Organic Premium Fertilizer according to the directions on the label.

Blueberries need a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. Neutral rain water is ideal for use on Blueberries. Use a Rain Barrel to capture water from your gutters and water your Blueberries.

You'll love Bless Your Heart Blueberry. Order yours today and be amazed at the difference between a professional-grade Nursery Hills plant and your run-of-the-mill retail outlet.

Order today, please hurry. We'd hate to have to miss this popular plant this season.

More Information
Botanical Name Vaccinium ashei Alapaha'
Mature Height 5 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Soil Type Well Drained
Moisture Medium
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Growth Rate Moderate
Bloom Period Late Spring
Flower Color White
Foliage Color Green
Fall Color Red
Fruiting Time Early Season
Pollinator Required No
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Growing Zone Range 7-9
Bless Your Heart Blueberry Is Suited to Grow in Zones 7-9
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