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Blueberry - Ochlockonee (Rabbit Eye)Vaccinium virgatum
USDA Hardiness Zones: 6-9
The Ochlockonee Rabbiteye blueberry plant is a very late variety that produces large and delicious sweet berries. The berries are a deep blue color that is firm and keeps well. This is a very heavy bearer variety that blooms late protecting your harvest from late freezes. Developed and released by University of Georgia, it was therefore named after the Ochlockonee (ok-LAHK-uh-nee) River in south Georgia, the Ochlockonee blueberry is a late season rabbiteye blueberry. Plants of Ochlockonee are vigorous, upright and have moderately narrow crowns. They produce abundant fruiting stems annually with only moderate growth.
Berries are medium- to large-size, high quality and comparable to the Tifblue blueberry, a popular cultivar in south Georgia. Berries of Ochlockonee ripen about one week after Tifblue and are larger in size. Other important fruit characters (stem scar, color, firmness, and flavor) of Ochlockonee are good, being similar to Tifblue and Powderblue. Plants of Ochlockonee generally flower late enough to escape spring freezes in south and middle Georgia. The variety should be planted with other rabbiteye blueberries for cross pollination, and Powderblue is a recommended companion variety.
USDA ZONES: Zone 6, Zone 7, Zone 8, Zone 9
More Information: Blueberry Growing Guide
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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.
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