Darrow Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Darrow’)
Darrow Blueberry Bush
For an incredible taste sensation, add late season Darrow Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum ‘Darrow’) to your Edible Landscape.
Enjoy a large harvest of quarter-sized, beautiful berries with a perfect balance of sweet and tart. Darrow produces big berries that deliver a huge flavor.
Wrap up the blueberry season each year with great fresh-eating Darrow berries. Don’t worry, they’ll keep for weeks in your fridge, and freeze beautifully.
This is a wonderful baking blueberry. Craft outstanding pies, cobblers, kolaches, tarts and slumps with incredibly fresh ingredients.
And this useful shrub has very ornamental qualities. Pretty white spring blooms are accented with a lovely pink blush.
Lustrous green leaves and a strong upright, rounded growth habit help Darrow shrubs look great all season. Make them work hard for your yard and your life!
Of course, the best display is that of the powdery, dark blue berries. Gather nearly 20 pounds of fruit from mature bushes.
You’ll also be so pleased with the decorative fall display. The leaves burnish to an astonishing red-scarlet fall color.
Grow your own fruit to boost your food security. It’s a wonderful feeling to be prepared with many bags of Darrow berries in the freezer.
You’ll know exactly how your fruit was grown. Feed your family and friends healthy superfruit with a lot of pride.
Plant them in the ground, if you have slightly acidic soil. Or, grow them in large outdoor containers to decorate your patio, balcony or deck.
Darrow produces one of the largest berries available on the market. It won’t take more than a handful to boost your breakfast cereal with incredible sweet-tart flavor.
Although Blueberries are self-fertile, you will get a much larger fruit set with another plant or two nearby. Extend your harvest with an early season variety like Duke and a mid-season like Toro.
Add fruiting plants, even in a small space. Container-grown blueberries are just as delicious, and it’s a bit easier to manage the required acidic container culture.
Blueberries need acidic soil with a pH between 4.5 and 5.5. If you see Rhododendrons grow wild nearby your home, you’ll likely be able to grow them in the ground without trouble.
Otherwise, you’ll need to test your soil to understand the pH. Test your soil with a kit or send it to your local Ag Extension office.
You can amend alkaline soil with sulfur and handfuls of peat moss. Use pine bark or pine straw as a mulch. Test your soil regularly to ensure you aren’t overdoing it.
One of the hidden sources of alkalinity is tap water. Collect rainwater to use on your Blueberry shrubs, an easy effort that will really pay off in production.
Add a row of Blueberries as a beautiful, informal hedge. You’ll get much more fruit, and a lovely spring bloom and outstanding fall color display.
Create a solid low hedge by planting four to six feet apart on center. Measure from the center of one to the center of the next.
New to edible gardening? Check out our blog and watch our YouTube channel for expert information about caring for Blueberry bushes.
Plant Darrow Blueberry in either full sun or partial shade. It requires at least four hours of sunlight a day.
Blueberries require well-drained soil that sheds water quickly after a rain event. Create a raised bed or plant in containers if you need to improve the drainage.
Blueberries have a shallow root system. If you plant in large, exterior containers, select a pot that is wider than deep and add extra drainage holes.
Please don’t use saucers under outdoor containers. Elevate the container with bricks, pot feet, or a wheeled caddy underneath.
Plant in an acid loving plant soil mix amended with a few handfuls of pathway bark. Top-dress with pine straw or bark mulch.
Prune to correct shape in late winter. In early spring, fertilize with a formula for acid-loving plants according to the directions on the label.
Apply a moderate amount of water on a regular basis. We recommend that you use a rain barrel to catch and store neutral pH rainwater.
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|Common name||Darrow Blueberry Bush|
|Botanical name||Vaccinium corymbosum 'Darrow'|
|Sunlight||Full Sun, Partial Shade|
|Soil condition||Well Drained|
|Pruning time||Late Winter|