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Blueberry ( Vaccinium ) - Top Hat Dwarf / Size 1
Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry / Vaccinium


 
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Our Price : $9.50

Product Code: BLUTOP1

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Vaccinium corymbosum x angustifolium 'Top Hat'


Overall Description


Top Hat is a hybrid cross between highbush blueberry ( V. corymbosum ), and lowbush blueberry ( V. angustifolium ). It'a small, dwarf mature size allows it to be grown just about anywhere........and still get plenty of sweet blueberries. Top Hat is a self pollinating blueberry variety, but it is recommended that more than one be planted to ensure maximum pollination, and largest fruit yields. Not necessary - but definitely recommended.

Excellent for use in containers, in patio gardens, or as a lower growing border around flower beds, decks, etc. Has shown excellent heat tolerance, so finding a nice sunny spot should be no problem. Foliage is bright green, and stays fresh looking well into late season.

White bell shaped blooms begin in May, with fruit set beginning shortly after - beginning to ripen in mid summer ( mid June in East TN ). Most all blueberry cultivars tend to have rather shallow root systems, which will require adequate amounts of water........especially during fruiting.



Plant Facts & Specifications


--Mature Height : 24 - 30 inches

--Mature Width : 16 - 24 inches

--Growth Rate :
Moderate ( 6" - 10" avg per yr )

--Hardiness Zones :
5 - 8

--Sun Exposure :
Full to partial sun

--Soil Preference :
Average to slightly moist - acidic, well drained. Mulch & high organic content recommended.

--Foliage Color & Texture :
Deciduous - medium green foliage is slightly smaller in size than full sized blueberry, and is typically more dense than full sized blueberry varieties.

--Flower, Cone, Or Berry Facts :
Flowers & Berries -white bell shaped flowers begin to appear in spring ( May in East TN ), followed by fruit set with young fruits starting out as a pale green color and ripening to blue in mid summer ( mid June is East TN ).

--Diseases / Insects :
Potential but infrequent disease problems include stem blight, root rot, anthracnose, cane cankers, mildew and botrytis. ‘Top Hat’ is noted for having good resistance to phytophthora root rot. Chlorosis ( yellowing of leaves ) has been noted in soils with high pH, or if underfed when grown in containers.

--Recommended Spacing :
2 - 3 ft apart recommended

--Deer Resistance Rating :
Lowest Resistance [ 1 - 2 - 3 - 4 - 5 - 6 - 7 - 8 - 9 - 10 ] Highest Resistance

--Fertilization / Feeding :
For maximum health & hardiness, we highly recommend a good grade granular ( preferably organic ) fertilizer / plant food for use with all of our plant species. We personally use, and recommend the Espoma line of organic plant foods, as they are super effective yet gentle enough to use on even the most delicate of evergreen species where fertilizer burn would normally be a major concern. However, a water soluble type plant food (Miracle Gro, or equivalent ) are also acceptable options. Other granular fertilizers with a 6 - 12 - 12, or 10 - 10 - 10 ratio can also be used - but we suggest using them at 1/2 - 3/4 strength to avoid any chemical burn issues to the root system of the plants. Best to fertilize in early spring, and again in mid fall - avoid feeding standard chemical fertilizers during hot summer months, and directly after transplanting. The Espoma Organic Plant Foods may be used at anytime.


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