BrazelBerries® Jelly Bean™ Blueberry
Vaccinium Jelly Bean™
Remember when Blueberry Sunshine Blue® took the gardening world by storm, with its compact habit, fragrant blooms, and abundant berries? Well, now there is a much more beautiful and amazing phenomenon known as the BrazelBerries® -- a collection of edible ornamentals with ever-changing foliage colors, small plant sizes (just right for containers!), and plenty of yummy fruit! Meet Jelly Bean™, one of the blueberries in this exciting new series.
Jelly Bean's™ claim to fame is that it's the smallest blueberry plant yet, reaching just 12 to 24 inches high and 12 inches wide. Yet for such a teensy plant, this blueberry is a powerhouse! The new spring foliage emerges a neon-bright shade of green. As it darkens, it acquires streaks and washes of bright red that persist into fall. And in cool climates, summer brings red-edged leaves all season!
Meanwhile, Jelly Bean™ offers small white blooms in spring, which give way to masses of super-sweet berries in early and midsummer. Their flavor has been compared to grape jelly -- very high in sugars, in other words, and absolutely scrumptious! When the berries sit among the red-tinted foliage, the effect is so ornamental you can't believe it's also possible to eat the fruit instead of just admiring it!
Caring for Jelly Bean™ is easy. It loves acidic soil (pH 4.5 - 5.5 is best) in full sunshine everywhere but the hottest climates. If your soil is more alkaline, amend it with peat moss to increase the acidity. Good soil drainage is essential too. If you are growing it in a container, pick a fairly large one -- anything 16 inches in diameter or larger is preferred, since this perennial will keep setting new canes and spreading.
Feed Jelly Bean™ as you would an azalea or another acid-loving shrub. In fact, you can even use fertilizers intended for rhododendrons, azaleas, and camellias on your Jelly Bean™! Add a high-nitrogen feed such as bloodmeal to the mix as well. And that timeless home gardeners' favorite, coffee grounds, is a great addition to the soil!
Feed the plant at the beginning of spring and again later in the season. Water it daily in containers. When winter arrives, it will go dormant, and should be left alone. The following spring, you'll begin to see green growth. Midway through spring, when the new growth is well-established, cut away any stems that do not show new growth. That's all there is to it!
If you like Jelly Bean™ -- and you will, we promise! -- be sure to try the other BrazelBerries® as well. Developed by the Brazelton family of Oregon -- fruit growers for decades -- they are self-pollinating, so you need plant only one of any of the varieties for fruit. But chances are, once you see the BrazelBerries® in your garden, you'll simply have to have several! Enjoy the latest and most exciting phenomenon in edible ornamentals. Bring the BrazelBerries® home! Zones 4-8.
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|Item Form||Trade Gallon (3qt)|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Mid Spring|
|Plant Height||12 in - 24 in|
|Plant Width||12 in - 24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Evergreen, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Variegated|
|Foliage Color||Dark Green, Light Green, Medium Green, Red, Variegated|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cuisine, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, California, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington, Michigan|
- Butterflies like a lot of sunlight, so locate your garden in a sunny area.
- If you live in a windy location, plant your butterfly-attracting plants near a building, fence, or hedge to protect them.
- Plant a variety of nectar-rich plants, as well as shrubs and evergreens for shelter.
- Since many butterflies and native flowering plants have co-evolved, try to put in some that are native to your area. The Lady Bird Johnson Wildlife Center provides lists of plants native to states and regions.
- Certain colors are particularly attracting to butterflies – red, yellow, pink, purple, or orange blooms that are clustered or flat-topped, with a short flower tubes are especially attractive to adult butterflies.
- Avoid using pesticides, especially around nectar-producing plants.
- Provide a shallow source of water – try a birdbath with pebbles lining the bowl.
- Place a rock in a sunny spot for butterfly basking and resting.
- Create a "puddling area" by digging a shallow hole filled with compost or manure where rainwater will collect and release essential salts and minerals.
- If you want butterflies to breed in your garden, put in some caterpillar food plants, such as parsley, milkweeds, asters, thistles, violets, clover, grasses, and Queen Anne’s Lace.
- Since butterflies need nectar throughout the entire adult phase of their lives, try to create a design that will allow for a continuous bloom – when one stops blooming, another starts.
Set Blueberries 4 feet apart, with 8 to 10 feet between rows; for use as a hedge, space plants 2 to 3 feet apart. Choose a location in full sun and with an acid, humus-enriched soil. To obtain an acid reaction, add ammonium sulfate or powered sulphur to the soil, along with a liberal amount of leaf mold. (Or check with your County Extension agent for specifics.) Dig a generous hole and plant so that the upper roots are covered with only an inch of soil. Planting too deep will hinder growth. At planting time, some light pruning may be desirable to shape and balance branch structure for Blueberries.
We recommend a thick, organic mulch year round, to keep down weeds and maintain even moisture. Once plants are established, apply an acid fertilizer (such as one suited for azaleas) each year. After the initial pruning at planting time for Blueberries, no pruning will be necessary for a few years; after that, the older branches may be pruned back from year to year as necessary. If birds are a problem, netting will keep them from the berries.
Winter care of Potted Plants:
In zones 5, 6, and the colder parts of zones 7, potted plants must be either sunk into the ground or moved into a cold garage or basement that doesn’t freeze. Water pots well before moving them indoors and then check every 4 to 5 weeks to make sure the soil remains a bit damp. Zones various.
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