Top Hat Lowbush Blueberry
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Species: Vaccinium angustifolium
History: Top Hat lowbush blueberry was released by the Michigan State University Agricultural Experiment Station some time before the mid to late 1970s.
Why We Grow It: This variety produces small berries with a rich sweet-tart flavour. It is a popular pick for bonsai and container gardening.
Canadian Hardiness Zone: 5
Soil Preference: Prefers sandy, well-drained, acidic soil. We plant ours in a mix of one part peat moss and 1 part wood chips (we prefer pine). Consider checking your soil type and pH before planting and adding peat moss or other acidifiers if needed.
Growth Habits: Forms a low shrub ~50cm tall, low vigour
Sun/Shade: Full sun (approx. 8-10 hours of sun daily) preferred but will tolerate partial shade
Pollination: Requires another lowbush blueberry of a different cultivar to produce fruit, the more cultivars present the better the pollination
Bloom Colour: White
Ripens: Late July
Storage: Keeps less than two weeks when stored in the fridge
Recommended Use: Fresh eating, freezing, baking, preserving, wine
Height Above Soil Line: 20-30cm