BrazelBerries® Jelly Bean™ Blueberry
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.
|ItemForm||Trade Gallon (3qt)|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|PlantHeight||12 in - 24 in|
|PlantWidth||12 in - 24 in|
|AdditionalCharacteristics||Berries, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Butterfly Lovers, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Evergreen, Fall Color, Fast Growing, Flower, Fragrance, Free Bloomer, Variegated|
|FoliageColor||Dark Green, Light Green, Medium Green, Red, Variegated|
|Uses||Border, Containers, Cuisine, Fall Color, Foliage Interest, Specimen|
|Restrictions||Canada, California, Guam, Hawaii, Oregon, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Washington, Michigan|