Florida Blueberries

We don’t grow blueberries in our yard.  I’ve always been told that Southwest Florida isn’t a good place to even try.  It looks like that might be changing though.  We visited a local blueberry u-pick farm this week that had us singing and dancing with buckets of dee-licous blueberries.  Yay… we don’t have to go to Georgia to have fresh blueberries!

We never knew picking blueberries was so much fun! My kids love to pick stuff off plants.

My 5-year-old took this photo. I asked them to hold the camera for one minute…

Blueberries are perfect for little hands to pick!

I have a local friend that grows her blueberries in containers so she can control the ph.   She uses a 50/50 mixture of peat and perlite in her containers.  Her backyard plants give her family lots of berries every year.  Ideally, blueberry bushes like acidic soil with a ph of around 5 and most of our soil has a ph of 8-9.  However, the hundreds of blueberry bushes we saw at our local u-pick were planted in the ground and loaded with berries.   I’m not sure what varieties they’re growing, but we love the flavor.  Click here for a list of blueberry varieties suggested for Florida by the University of Florida.  Click here  for an excellent slide show by UF on growing blueberries in South Florida.

Our local blueberries are only around for a short time in April and May.   Check out Patty’s Patch if you’re in Southwest Florida and want to pick some fresh, local blueberries.

Patty’s Patch Blueberry Farm (U-Pick) in Southwest Florida.

This was just the beginning. We filled two buckets. I have big plans for our blueberries.

Heavenly Florida blueberries in our bucket.

Come grow with us!

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9 Responses to “Florida Blueberries”

  1. There is also a Blueberry Farm in Punta Gorda, Florida which is SW, Florida. No web site but they have a facebook page https://www.facebook.com/pages/Berry-Best-Farm/165278930188635

  2. Barbara Says:

    We haven’t seen all of the varieties listed at the local stores. But we bought a couple of each type available. We have only had good luck with Emerald and to some extent Jewel. Not one of the others lived past the summer. But we have just installed our micro-irrigation, so inconsistent water may have been to blame. We also are trying a native wild blueberry. It looks fine, but hasn’t flowered yet. We live about an hour north of you and generally face the same challenges that you do plus more frost.

    We are experimenting with the Suyo cucumber and the Everglades tomato after reading your blog. We’ll tell you how it goes. The tomato reminds us of a Hawaiian variety we are growing. We also planted 10 other varieties of tomato to see if one will come through the summer. We’ll keep you posted.

    We love your blog and find it really helpful to read about your experiments! We consider growing to be just one big experiment anyway! :)

    If you’re ever up our way, we’d love to show you our garden.

    • I would love to see your garden! You can contact me anytime at PickMeYard@aol.com.

      I recently read from a local newsletter that the Univ. of Florida doesn’t feel the Everglades tomato is worth growing. I have to say that we disagree with that. It grows a small, tart tomato but it is full of flavor and we love, love, love it. A friend was over last week and asked to try the tomato… he left with a bag full. (I need to write a post on this). This past year we planted a big variety of heirloom tomatoes and they re-seeded themselves all over our yard. We’re so thrilled to see tomato plants (which now have fruit) popping up on their own accord in the strangest places.

      Thank you for leaving feedback… it’s the reason I bother to keep the blog. Now I have to go on a mission to get myself a native, wild Florida blueberry bush.

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  4. Heya i’m for the first time here. I found this board and I find It truly useful & it helped me out a lot. I hope to give something back and help others like you aided me.

    • Cairns comment makes me feel quite remiss in not taking the time to thank you for sharing all of your wonderful and helpful knowledge. I have learned a lot from reading your blog and am grateful that you are continuing to update us on your garden. Wishing you and your family a happy and healthy 2013! Best Regards, Barbara

      • Barbara, thank you for taking the time to let me know. Readers like you are the reason I keep this blog. I’ve taken time off lately from posting stories but I plan to pick it up again after the new year.

        Best regards to you and your family as well!

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