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Blueberry - Vernon (Rabbit Eye)Vaccinium virgatum
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
Vernon is an early season rabbiteye blueberry with favorable fruit attributes, large berry size, high yields and excellent plant vigor released by University of Georgia. Although plants of Vernon often flower seven days after Climax in south Georgia, they can flower earlier than desired in some years when tempatures warm up quickly. However, Vernon fruit ripens early for a rabbiteye, usually several days ahead of Climax and Premier. Vernon produces a high yield of large fruit of excellent quality. Berries are large and have excellent firmness, color, flavor and dry scars, which contribute to good shelf life. Both flavor and berry size improve as fruit hang ripe for an extra few days. Care should be used in fertilizing Vernon, as over-fertilization—especially of nitrogen—can promote excess vegetation that does not readily contribute to yield. The variety should be planted with other rabbiteye blueberries such as Alapaha for cross pollination.
USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
More Information: Blueberry Growing Guide
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STEP 2) Once you've located the perfect spot, the hole you are digging must be at least double the width and as deep as the root system you are planting.
STEP 3) Remove the plant from the pot and place the root ball in the hole. The top of the root system should be level with the ground. Before placing the tree or shrub in the hole, use your hands to gently break up the root system.
STEP 4) Once the plant is in place, backfill the hole with native soil and any leftover potting material.
STEP 5) Pack down the soil to eliminate any air pockets.
STEP 6) When finished, water thoroughly.