A great blueberry plant for colder climates. Produces big clusters of large, all-purpose berries — perfect in salads or pies, or served with cream. Developed in 1934, introduced in 1941. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops if pollinated with Jersey or Earliblue.

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Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Sweet, Mild
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 2 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 7

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 7
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 4 - 6' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 3 - 4' apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. Plant one of these varieties within 50' for best results.

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow blueberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

Shipping Information

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I ordered this to replace one that I planted in 2017. Rabbit mowed it down.
David H on Apr 4, 2021
Andrew Howard made me do it.
Richard L on Apr 1, 2021
I ordered this to replace one that I planted in 2017. Rabbit mowed it down.
David H on Apr 4, 2021
Fruit size and ripening period
T M S on Apr 3, 2021
Andrew Howard made me do it.
Richard L on Apr 1, 2021
I chose the Bluecrop because it is a variety I am familiar with and because it produces a large blueberry.
Donna J P on Mar 26, 2021
I chose this for it's zone 4 cold hardiness. Besides we love blueberries and are creating a food forest, this fits well.
Kirsten H on Mar 17, 2021
To grow Blueberries ;)
Nathan G on Mar 13, 2021
Love berry
Bobby C on Mar 4, 2021
Berries look large and yummy
Catherine C on Feb 15, 2021
Previous experience with strand
Lee C on Feb 10, 2021
trying for the first time..wanted lots of blueberries
amy a on Feb 4, 2021
For hardiness and pollinating of Rubel blueberry bushes
Mike on Jan 28, 2021
Jersey needed a freind
william T on Jan 26, 2021
Unsuccessful with previous 2 blueberry purchases
Mark S on Dec 2, 2020
Because it was on sale and I needed a second bush.
Carol P on Nov 2, 2020
Will try in Oklahoma weather
Barry P on Oct 20, 2020
month fruit ripens (trying to extend season from May thru August)onth fruit ripens (trying to extend season from May thru August)
ROBIN-LYNN M on Oct 20, 2020
Cross pollinator
Ashley on Sep 25, 2020
size and flavor
Gary E on Aug 20, 2020
I wanted a taller/ bigger bush both for hopefully great production but also as a disabled person, picking fruit without bending is optional. As a first time grower, I also feel this product tolerant of our climate would be better. I chose two different varieties in hopes that will improve the chances of fruiting as each year's weather conditions are different.
Tericia A on Jul 15, 2020
cross pollinator
Mary S on Jul 13, 2020
To have a good cross pollinator
Linda S on Jun 26, 2020
Found a pollination partner
JACK R. on May 26, 2020
I grow them.
Robert P G on May 15, 2020
I chose Bluecrop because I needed a variety that would pollinate at the same time as Earliblue and Jersey.
LEE SCHROEDER T on May 14, 2020
needed to help pollinate the jersey blueberry
ROBIN-LYNN M on May 3, 2020
to go with blueray
Ted G on Apr 27, 2020
Wanted a variety of blueberrys
Ernest B on Apr 23, 2020
Richard P on Apr 14, 2020
Have eaten these blueberries before and loved them. Time for my own plants to enjoy.
Thomas B on Apr 8, 2020
goes with other blueberry bush ordered
Margaret B on Mar 21, 2020
I already have 3 bushes. Prolific producers, sweet gorgeous berries.
Norma K on Mar 7, 2020
This was a recommended variety for our region by Iowa State University Extension.
Ann B on Feb 29, 2020
no reason
RICHARD F on Feb 24, 2020
Later crop
Vicki G on Feb 14, 2020
to try it out
Mark F on Feb 4, 2020
I love blueberries. Going to grow these in the greenhouse. Maybe I???ll get berries year round.
Susan A on Feb 1, 2020
Matthew H on Jan 26, 2020
My daughter loves blueberries, and this variety was on sale. :)
Jeff B on Jan 15, 2020
I lost one of my blueberry bushes. I picked this variety to replace it because it is an early bearer.
glenna d on Jan 9, 2020
Good reviews and needed another Blueberry
SHARON M on Sep 22, 2019
Best most stable plant in Michigan according to msu
Ryan B on Sep 16, 2019
Bluecrop is known to grow and produce well in the Upper penisula of Mi. which is zone 4.
ROBERT P on Sep 7, 2019
I chose the Bluecrop for its smaller size.
ARLENE S on Apr 28, 2019
For polination of Jersey blueberry
KIMBERLY P on Apr 26, 2019
I chose each bush because they are compatible with each other and will giving me the longest growing season with an early, mid and late variety.
Debra Q on Apr 20, 2019
I already have a Jersey Blueberry bush and wanted a good cross pollinator.
Pamela S on Apr 1, 2019
previous experience with this variety
Peter L on Mar 29, 2019
by google search it appears to be the best blueberry for my area, I have few others but they are not growing well at all so its time to replace
RODNEY S on Mar 27, 2019
I had these at my previous home in a less than perfect spot. They still produced a ton of berries with little to no attention. If left on bush after turning blue for about 5-7 days longer they produce VERY sweet berries.
Carla S on Mar 2, 2019
Looking for cold climate variety. Already have Jersey as a pollinator.
James M on Oct 8, 2018
Fruit size and ripening period
T M S on Apr 3, 2021
I chose the Bluecrop because it is a variety I am familiar with and because it produces a large blueberry.
Donna J P on Mar 26, 2021
I have heard that you want to plant the Blueberry in a container you need to use peat moss, garden soil, sulfur and put mulch on top. I have a patriot and a bluecrop. What proportion of each do I use? And, how do I do it?
Cindy on May 24, 2017
BEST ANSWER: First, you should NOT use garden soil in a container. It's far too heavy and the plant will suffocate. A good mix for blueberries is 2 parts potting soil to 1 part Canadian peat, or 1 part potting soil, 1 part shredded pine park and 1 part Canadian peat. If you can mulch with pine needles or pine bark, that is perfect. After 4 weeks, top-dress with slow-release elemental sulfur or Stark Soil Acidifier, according to the package directions.
Do the plants sold in the 1 gallon containers come with any berries on them?
Tatyana K on Feb 5, 2017
BEST ANSWER: No. Further, it would be bad if they did. The first season, you should pick off all flower buds. The second season, you should do the same if it was a bare root. It isn't fun, but you will be rewarded with a bumper crop in years 3-8. And pruning is essential, with major renovation pruning every 8-10 years.
Is spring planting better than a fall planting?
Howard K on Sep 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. Because weather and soil conditions vary so much from year to year and even within your zone, it's best to think of your planting time as a range of favorable conditions instead of an exact time.

You can plant new plants and trees: 1) when the ground is not frozen, 2) when daytime temperatures are above freezing (32??F) and below 90??F, and 3) when extreme weather (blizzard, hail, torrential rain, etc.) is not in the forecast. Be sure to keep plants watered if you're transplanting in warm and/or dry weather.
I want to dig out my bush and replant at my mom. Is that possible?
Moe S on Jun 30, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Yes, blueberries can be transplanted. Just be sure to keep the roots moist and covered in transport, and replant as quickly as possible.
I have a large pile of fine white pine wood ships that I produced when I planned boards from the heart wood of the trees. I've purchased a dozen blueberry bushes and I'm thinking about mulch and soil amendment material. Do you think that I can use the chips as a mulch instead of pine needles. Also, what about using them as a soil amendment to loosen it up as well as raise the PH? Would this also work with black berries (I've purchased them also).
GEORGE M. on Mar 31, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Dont know anything about pine but I do know that you dont want to raise the pH. Blueberries like acidic soil (pH around 5), so you definitely would want to lower the pH.
What varieties of blueberries will set on with shade most of day? Get one to two hours of filtered sun.
Leah N on Jul 21, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Blueberries require full sun for fruit production. While they will tolerate partial shade, what you describe is full shade. If you want to grow blueberries you will need to pick a sunnier spot.
do you have to spray blueberries for insects, fungus??
Diane E on Oct 22, 2017
BEST ANSWER: I haven't had to spray, but watch out for the birds eating all your berries! I'll be putting netting over them this season.
Plant after frost date? I???m in Zone 6 and our frost date is May 15. How long should I put them out in pot to acclimate?
Katherine D on Jan 18, 2021
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. These will come potted and should be acclimated for 7-10 days, I am including the acclimation process link from our growing guide.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
looking for blueberry bushes for central virgina ,full sun high humidity?
Paul G on Nov 7, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If you enter your ZIP code at the following link and we'll be able to display the popular products that are available and rated for your location: // Also look for check marked varieties as you shop to ensure compatibility with your zone. If you have more questions regarding zone compatibility, please call Customer Support at 800.325.4180 and they would be glad to help.

If you type your zip code into the box in the "Zone Compatability" section above, a checkmark will appear if the product on this page will grow well in your location.
how old are the blue berry plants when they arrive?
Randall L on Oct 27, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for your question. The age and size information for our blueberries is as follows: 4??? pot: 6-12 months old and 4??? tall; Small gallon container: 2 years old and 12??? tall. Our blueberries will typically take 2-3 years after planting to reach maturity and bear fruit.
I received my Bluecrop Blueberry plant 8 days ago (gallon pot that looks like a half gallon size). I have been hardening it per instructions. Due to rain I may not be able to get it in the ground for another day or two. The newer leaves are starting to turn their fall colors. Is this normal? Will they recover once in the ground? What should I do to help the plant?
Tiffany C on May 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Typically this is signs of drought stress, so it may that they just need an extra drink of water. Once planted they should snap out of this funk.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Can a Chippewa or Perpetua blueberry bushes be pollinating partners?
Janet K on Apr 25, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Chippewa is the better selection for pollinating with blue crop. You want bushes that flower simultaneously
how big are the plants when ship?
PETERSON R on Jan 14, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Our blueberries ship out approx 6-12 inches tall.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
What are Bluecrop's chill hour requirements?
Larry C on Nov 10, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Bluecrop requires a minimum of 800 chill hours, as it is a Northern variety.
Are these blueberry plants organic?
Ryan G on Apr 13, 2021
Is this variety able to handle hot summers? I live just outside of Salt Lake City, Utah and the summers here are FULL SUN and hot, 90s and occasionally 100 plus.
Carl H on Dec 6, 2020

Customer Reviews

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Blue crop!
Plants started slow but produced great after they became established. Nice size and quality!
November 15, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bluecrop and Earliblue plants
All plants are healthy and have set fruit this year. Fence and nets will keep the squirrels and birds away. (:-)
May 26, 2016
over 5 years ago
Sturdy and Hardy Blueberry
I received this blueberry in late summer, so transplanted into a larger clay pot and compost. By fall planting time, the blueberry had filled the pot with new roots. After planting, I constructed and placed a wire box over the blueberry to prevent winter damage from rabbits and deer. It overwintered well and is growing strong! Thank you, Stark Bro's for such top quality plants!
May 22, 2017
over 4 years ago
mediocre at best
Planted immediately upon receipt in soil/compost mix (Ph<5) Mulched with 2 inches of wood chips. Fertilized with Miracid. Survived a mild winter with moderate branch death. Some new growth giving appearance that it may survive.
May 25, 2016
over 6 years ago
Failure to thrive.
None of my blueberry bushes are thriving. We moved them to a sunnier location and amended the soil, but they are still struggling. One died this summer and this one is still the same size as it was when I planted it. Other plants in the same area are thriving.
August 9, 2018
over 3 years ago
Response from Stark Bro's
Thank you for leaving your review. We are very sorry to hear that your blueberries are struggling. Have you checked the soils pH level? Ideally, your blueberries need a soil pH between 4.5-5.5, but below 6.5 will work. To amend your soil, use a soil acidifier. Steer clear of soils that are extremely heavy or very poorly drained. If you have any questions or concerns please email us at or call customer support at 800.325.4180. Your planting success is important to us!
August 31, 2018
Tabitha R
Looking Good
The 3 blueberry plants I purchase all have berries on them and am just waiting for them to ripen up so I can enjoy. They made it through a very cold and snow filled winter and seem to be doing what they are supposed to.
May 24, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bluecrop Blueberry is one of 3 varieties I purchased. Of the 3, it is doing the best. It will bear a few blueberries this year. I will have to move my blueberry plants out of my pots since they are not thriving. One of my plants that died from a disease, was replaced by Start Bros. But it didn't survive, so I guess this is not the area for that NJ variety.
May 23, 2016
over 5 years ago
Bluecrop Blueberry
I planted 6 bushes from Stark last spring but only 3 survived. Bluecrop Blueberry is one of them.
June 11, 2016
over 6 years ago
Grows in less than ideal soil
I have had issues with growing blueberries in the past with my more alkaline soil but thought I would give it another go since I love eating blueberries. Planted in fall, added blueberry acidifier to the soil and it is leafing out nicely now in spring.
April 27, 2020
So far so good.
It is growing well. Very little fruit this first year, but looking forward to many years of production.
July 10, 2016
over 5 years ago