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Extra-large berries with extra-sweet taste! This abundant, mid-season producer will give you buckets of delicious, aromatic, light-blue berries that won’t crack. Pink blooms in spring. Scarlet foliage in fall. Also an ideal pollinator for most other varieties. Introduced in 1941. Cold-hardy. Ripens in July. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color Pink, White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Extra 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
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. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

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

Estimated Delivery Date

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Ripening time
Enrico S on Jul 22, 2020
Adding to my existing blueberries.
Mary P on Jun 30, 2020
Ripening time
Enrico S on Jul 22, 2020
Extra Large sweet fruit.
Barbara S on Jul 18, 2020
Adding to my existing blueberries.
Mary P on Jun 30, 2020
Flavor, fruit size, fruiting season
Darrell H on Jun 25, 2020
High boy and sounded like a good berry
Barbara R on Jun 10, 2020
Same as before great information the web page.
Juan M on Jun 4, 2020
Blueray Blueberry plants are hardier than Blue Crop even though both are zone 4. You won't be disappointed with either. Nice plants from Starks.
D K on Jun 1, 2020
It was available now.
Susan S on May 28, 2020
Wanted blueberries. These were self pollinating.
AMBER V on May 25, 2020
My brother in law wanted Blueberry Bush to replace the one that died on him and he wasn't able to find any. Then it dawned on me that I had ordered from Stark year's ago for a bunch of things, like Garlic, Asparagus, etc.. and never had a problem, In fact still have the asparagus bed and replant the original garlic. Stark is my "go too" when it comes to plants or anything!
Paul L on May 7, 2020
Permaculture research for our zone and based on flavors and size of berries we prefer.
Christie L on May 4, 2020
to go with bluecrop
Ted G on Apr 27, 2020
Same as # 1
Keith M on Apr 19, 2020
The great reviews given for it on the Stark Bros website!
Mary on Mar 31, 2020
large early
Wilson A on Mar 31, 2020
Planted Jersey, Bluecrop, and Blueray years ago. Blueray is more prolific here in
southwest New Hampshire.
D R on Jan 23, 2020
As a pollinator.
Martha S on Nov 21, 2019
i like real food
george d on Nov 7, 2019
Large berries/July ripen/ sweet
Linda P on Oct 31, 2019
Great standard blueberry.
Jane H on Oct 29, 2019
Extra large berries, later ripening variety
Don J on Oct 22, 2019
Blueray are very good polinators for other varietys. The berries are good size as well.
ROBERT P on Sep 7, 2019
berries are extra large and grow in July.
Susan S on Jul 24, 2019
Needed something that tolerates a late frost in our area. Also something to cross pollinate with another variety for better crops.
Laura K on Jun 21, 2019
Like the characteristics of this blueberry.
Steve on May 16, 2019
Highly recommended variety
Nancy W on May 6, 2019
nice producer of flavorful berries and a nice cross pollinator
Paul M on Apr 28, 2019
Needed a July berry
ROBERT H on Apr 10, 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 chose the three blueberry plants to spread out the ripening times over the summer.
Gwen S on Mar 13, 2019
Info looked good.
Paul E on Feb 25, 2019
I wanted to start a patch.
Faye T on Feb 20, 2019
sweetness and size
sandy on Aug 1, 2018
Recommend by the University of Arkansas for my zone. I am an Extension Agent in Greene County and want to watch this variety on my property to be able to advise clientele about blueberry production.
Dave F on Nov 16, 2017
Good variety endures low temperatures.
Juliana R on Apr 27, 2017
Very sweet and nice berry. I am planting this as an extra Bush.
Thelma R on Sep 19, 2016
It is on the Missouri Agricultural Extension's list of reliable cultivars for Missouri, and the big berries are easier to pick than smaller ones.
Diana L K on Sep 13, 2016
extra-large berries
RONALD M on Jul 5, 2016
Recommended by another grower.
Donna P on Apr 27, 2016
The size of the blueberries and the sweet taste.
Shawn M on Apr 15, 2016
Already have some of these and am highly satisfied with them.
BETH S on Mar 27, 2016
Have a very old one. Did very well. (30 yrs.)
KATHY S on Mar 22, 2016
recommended for Oklahoma by OSU cooperative Extension
SHERRY S on Mar 9, 2016
Extra Large sweet fruit.
Barbara S on Jul 18, 2020
Flavor, fruit size, fruiting season
Darrell H on Jun 25, 2020
How many chill hours does this blueberry bush require?
BARBARA S on Nov 10, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Blueray requires 800 chilling hours.
I planted two Blueray bushes this year and immediately any tender growth was eaten. They are both now hanging on by a thread. We cannot figure out what is eating them. Are birds known to eat young blueberry bushes? We planted two Spartan bushes and do not have the same issue.
Geoff P on May 3, 2016
BEST ANSWER: I doubt that birds are eating your plants, rather I suspect some animal -- rabbits, deer, etc.
Can I plant blueberry bushes near my blackberry bushes? I have raised beds and they would be planted in a separate raised bed.
DonnaN on Jul 1, 2019
BEST ANSWER: You sure can. The only berry combination you have to worry about is black raspberries, which should not be planted near red, gold or purple raspberries, or blackberries.
what is loamy soil?
Michael on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: The planting advice for the best soil for blueberries is rather mixed but the
most certain thing is not to plant them in clay. They are found naturally on the surface of
the forest and outcroppings. They prefer high amounts of decomposing cellulose. What does this translate to? Plant them in either 1 year old rotten wood chips, etc. or 50% wood chips fresh and 50% peat moss and above the clay. If you have sandy soil, drainage is less of a problem but they still prefer the high cellulose. Good luck.
can I use premium potting mix for blueberry plants ?
Michael on Feb 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: In general, blueberry plants do best in a soil with a low pH in the range of 4.5 to 5, an acidic soil.
Most general purpose potting mixes are not sufficiently acidic unless formulated for growing acid-loving plants. A 50-50 mixture of peat moss and potting soil can be successful if the blueberry plant is to be grown in a pot. A large pot of 5 gallons or larger will be needed to successfully grow a blueberry bush over several years. Blueberries can be pruned, with removal of older branches over time to encourage younger, more fruitful growth. Blueberry roots are fairly fibrous and shallow; if growing in a pot, in a cold climate, winter protection is helpful.
What size plants do you have for ordering?
Karen L on Sep 5, 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.
what kind of soil do is good for blueberrys?
Maryetta k on Aug 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Loamy sand, acidic
Does 2 blueray plants count as having a pollinating partner to increase yield or do i need 2 different varieties?
katie on Jul 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. Blueberries are self-fertile, but you will harvest more and larger berries by planting two or more varieties together. Planting more than one variety can also extend the harvest season.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
How old, and how tall are these Blueray bushes?
Susan M on May 25, 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.
How old are the blue ray plants thx?
Pete K on Apr 15, 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.
Will this plant grow back each year?
Brandie C on Apr 17, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This is a deciduous shrub vs. a perennial; it will grow new leaves and produce berries every year, but will not die back to the ground each year like a perennial flower does.
How many weeks do they produce berries in one season?
Norm A on Mar 3, 2019
BEST ANSWER: This variety produces for about 2-1/2 weeks. It really depends upon the temperatures. If there is a relatively cool July, the harvest could go as long as 3 weeks. Some varieties have two crops, like Sweetheart.
What size plants in 4" containers?
Yuliya C on Oct 13, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Thank you for contacting us. Our plants shipped in a 4" pot are 4-6 inches when shipped.
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Doyle P on Jul 28, 2020

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August 16, 2018
over 3 years ago
Blueray Blueberry
My Blueray Blueberries are doing well. I did not allow them to produce berries this year and may not next year. The important thing is to plant them well in plenty of good soil with peat moss and compost (the ph has to be low). I only used cottonseed meal 6-1-1 to start them off.
June 14, 2016
over 5 years ago
Long period of sweet flavorful and firm blueberry
We originally bought two Blueray as part of a special with two other varieties, two of each variety. We live in zone5b near Lake Michigan. The Blueray has out performed the other two varieties, producing July to frost in early October. We have now bought two more in hopes of more great results.
July 3, 2019
over 2 years ago
Nice plants
Ours are growing very nicely, although we have trouble with moles which have done in one of the plants.
June 5, 2017
over 4 years ago
Hardy Blueberry
I bought a Blueray Blueberry last year to replace another variety that died during the previous winter. It didn't look like much until this spring. It survived nicely and has leaved out with a vengeance! Nice bush - Assuming the berries are tasty, I'd buy another.
May 7, 2017
over 4 years ago
Perfect size for fresh eating
The bush is beginning to make quality fruit in its second year. The berries are perfect for fresh eating.
November 20, 2016
over 5 years ago
Good variety
Love this variety. Thrives well here in the mid-atlantic. Good flavored, decent sized berries.
May 7, 2017
over 4 years ago
Blue ray blueberry
The plant is growing well. It is planted along with other varieties of blueberries so it should produce tasty berries.
May 13, 2017
over 4 years ago
Good blueberry
I got fruit from this variety one year after planting. There was not much fruit and most where small in size. Hopefully the bust will grow some yet this fall since it has not grown much in a year.
August 3, 2016
over 5 years ago
Blueray Blueberry
Nice plants. Pruned back hard, but new shoots seem to be taking off well. Doing good so far.
August 10, 2016
over 4 years ago