A blueberry to bet on

A favorite of gardeners, this blueberry is self-fruitful

Jill Palmer

Among the many blueberries grown in the Northwest, 'Berkeley' remains a favorite of home gardeners, bearing large fruit in July. The berries are good fresh, frozen, and in preserves or pies.

A highbush type, 'Berkeley' grows 5 to 6 feet tall and wide. It is self-fruitful but will produce a better crop if at least one other variety (such as 'Blueray' or 'Toro') is planted nearby. Hardy in Sunset climate zones 2-9 and 14-17, 'Berkeley' does best in full sun and prefers acidic soil with good drainage.

Set out plants in autumn in mild climates, spring in cold-winter areas. At planting time, mix 50 percent peat moss into the backfill soil. Look for plants at nurseries, or order from Big Dipper Farm (

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