Premier Blueberry Bush – USDA Organic (Vaccinium ashei ‘Premier’)

Premier Blueberry Bush - USDA Organic


What is Premier Blueberry Bush – USDA Organic

The Premier Blueberry Bush, and its robust, bountiful blueberries, is uniquely suited to thrive in growing zones 7-9 – making it ideal for hotter climes. Sugary sweet, ultra-fresh blueberries, straight from your garden. Plus, the Premier Blueberry Bush provides an array of benefits:

  • Lower chill time: Premier Blueberry Bushes only require 500 chill hours below 45 degrees.
  • Heat tolerance: Unlike other blueberry varieties, Premier Blueberry Bushes thrive in the heat of the Southeast.
  • Low maintenance: Pruning is not required. And with very little pest issues plus an effortless watering schedule, your new Premier Blueberry Bush is hassle-free.

Large, dark-hued blueberries that love the Southern heat – is there a better summertime snack? Store-bought blueberries won’t compare to these robust treats. Whether you pluck these bite-sized beauties right off the bush to eat or freeze them for your next baked dessert, these blueberries are delectably delicious and come with several benefits. They’re chock full of nutrients, vitamins and antioxidants – the epitome of nature’s candy.

Plus, the Premier Blueberry Bush provides one of the biggest harvests of any dark blueberry species. Plenty of blueberries for mid-afternoon snacks, recipes and more? Check. And though the rabbiteye Premier needs another rabbiteye bush for growth, it’s easy to keep happy and healthful. Because it’s grown organically, sprays and chemicals are unnecessary.

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How to Grow and Care for Premier Blueberry Bush – USDA Organic

Premier Blueberry Bush – USDA Organic (Vaccinium ashei ‘Premier’) Growing Requirements

Hardiness zone 7-9 outdoors
Harvest time May - June

You can plant your Premier Blueberry in your garden or in a pot. Either way, you’ll need to make sure it gets full sun and the soil is well drained and acidic. If you plant in your garden, be sure to leave 10ft. of space between your other plants. Birds love blueberries too, so make sure you use a garden net to get the most out of your harvest.


Premier Blueberries are drought tolerant, but need to be watered once a week during the first year. Don’t overwater the bush. The roots are very shallow and can easily drown.


Once you see leaves on your plant, you can add some acidic fertilizer. Once your plant is fully mature, you can fertilize it once a year in June and again in the fall if it didn’t harvest well.


You won’t need to prune your Premier Blueberry unless you want to manage the size and shape of the hedge. If so, prune in late winter.


This is not a self-fertile plant and will need another variety of Rabbiteye blueberry to thrive. We recommend the Premier Blueberry.

When to pick

Your blueberries are ready to pick and eat when they fall right into your hand. When they easily fall off without plucking, then they’re perfectly ripe. Blueberries will last 1 week in your fridge, but you’ll need to freeze them if you don’t eat them in a week.

Premier Blueberry Bush – USDA Organic (Vaccinium ashei ‘Premier’) Details

Common name Premier Blueberry Bush - USDA Organic
Botanical name Vaccinium ashei 'Premier'
Plant type Fruit Trees, Bushes
Hardiness zone 7-9 outdoors
Growth rate Fast
Harvest time May - June
Height 6-8 ft.
Width 6-8 ft.