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Bushel and Berry® Pink Icing® Blueberry

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Description

Beautiful spring and fall foliage! Delight in shades of pink mixed with turquoise followed by autumn lavender. Attractive and compact plant bears loose clusters of sweet blueberries. Grows well in containers! Ripens in mid July. Self-pollinating. May be covered by USPP #23,336 or other patents. ZF06-079 cultivar.

Characteristics

Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Blue
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Mid July
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Sandy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 4.5 - 5.5
Taste Robust
Texture Juicy, Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 2
Zone Range 5 - 10

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 5 - 10
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 3 - 4' tall x 3 - 4' wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 4 - 5' apart to ensure room for growth.

Pollination

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.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
I was looking for a great container blueberry. Its recommended for the South (south Texas) and i love the color change its has for the fall
Jessalin B on Jun 1, 2020
I was told it was a good variety to produce in a container with a rounded growth habit as well as is very ornamental
Angela G on May 18, 2020
I was looking for a great container blueberry. Its recommended for the South (south Texas) and i love the color change its has for the fall
Jessalin B on Jun 1, 2020
Same as above.
Veronica M on May 26, 2020
I was told it was a good variety to produce in a container with a rounded growth habit as well as is very ornamental
Angela G on May 18, 2020
Have one already--container friendly; lovely foliage.
Terri V on Dec 16, 2019
Good size for a hedge.
Irene J on Nov 29, 2019
Bought for my Daughter in her new home. Will put it in her flower bed it will get sun all day but be protected from the evening heat. The smaller size and low water was the key factors.
Paul K on Oct 22, 2019
The best for my zone!
Jo Ann J on Oct 3, 2019
I saw the Pink Icing Blue Berry Bushes on a friend???s porch last year. They were amazing! I had to try a few myself!
Diane G on May 22, 2019
It sounds like it would be a beautiful addition to our landscape as well as sharing its fruit!
Karen H on May 17, 2019
To enjoy at our up north home
MaryJo P on May 15, 2019
Adding more to my blueberry patch.
Angela L on May 14, 2019
Good price on sale.
Christopher W on May 13, 2019
Price and good reviews
Nancy H on May 11, 2019
Great as an edible landscape plant.
Tramecya B on May 8, 2019
trying to establish a new homestead
Lynda G on May 2, 2019
Wanted a blueberry we could grow in containers.
James H on Apr 27, 2019
Grows in my zone.
Jodie N on Sep 25, 2018
Hear good things from others
Mark S on Sep 4, 2018
Because it said it was easy to grow in a container.
Carmen J on May 1, 2018
The first reason is hardness zone considerations, second is the description of the appearance of the bush and third is the fruit size described.
Karl L on Apr 8, 2017
Wanted smaller blueberry plants to plant along a fenceline
LORI R on Mar 30, 2017
I chose this blueberry because I was looking for a small sized plant for a container that would do well in my hardiness zone.
Tegan H on Mar 10, 2017
Zone hardiness.
Suzanne C on Feb 27, 2017
Article in This Old House Magazine
Michelle S on Oct 10, 2016
small size and it sounds yummy!!!
Bradlee A on Aug 31, 2016
I had read about these in Better Homes And Gardens a few years ago. They are going in a new area behind an addition to the back of my house. I like that the leaves are shades of pink and the flowers are white. I like plants that are both attractive and edible.
MARYANN S on Aug 27, 2016
Thornless and my kiddo loves blueberries. Will order more if I can keep alive.
Audra K on Aug 23, 2016
Same as above.
Veronica M on May 26, 2020
Have one already--container friendly; lovely foliage.
Terri V on Dec 16, 2019
When do you prune? I had read that you should prune only the fruiting stems after harvesting...
Kristen M on Jul 4, 2017
BEST ANSWER: The do not need cutting back the first year except to remove fruit buds shortly after planting. Pruning should be moderately heavy in the second year to stimulate strong new growth on selected canes. I am attaching a link to our Growing Guide pruning section.
https://www.starkbros.com/growing-guide/how-to-grow/berry-plants/blueberry-plants/pruning
What size pot should I buy to put the bushel and berry plants into (diameter and height)?
Lai N on Apr 8, 2017
BEST ANSWER: A 20" container would be ideal.
How many chill hours does Pink Icing require?
Kira L on Dec 26, 2019
What blueberry should I plant with 'Pink Icing?"
Sharon R on Mar 23, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Pink Icing is self-pollinating, so it will set fruit by itself, but if you were looking for other container-friendly blueberry recommendations, then any of the other Bushel and Berry varieties (Blueberry Glaze, Jelly Bean, Peach Sorbet, Perpetua) will work just fine. Really, any other blueberry plant is an option for you as long as it's recommended for your zone!
When ia good time to plant these in AZ since says ships in Dec?
Natasha E on Dec 12, 2019
BEST ANSWER: I got mine late in season, in March, for southern CA (Santa Monica warms slower than AZ). They grew very well. Take 1st year to grow bushy; started producing berries 2nd year and kept going through summer. At peak, got about 1 cup/week/bush for ~6weeks. They seem very hardy and forgiving but prefer sun (I got 2 each of Pink icing and peach sorbet; all 4 are still doing well in pots and produced berries, though the 2 with more sun produced more and the smallest original planting ended up bushiest while largest initial was least impressive by time of 1st berries.) The taste is very good; would definitely recommend them. I would wait to plant outside until night temp is above 40; I kept mine in pots and took in first week at night, then moved out by early April in Santa Monica... not sure if this helps since I got mine in March? I would try a little earlier if doing again; I think mine were end-of-season?
Do you recommend planting two blueberries in the same pot?
Christian A on Apr 28, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We would definitely recommend separate pots. If they share a pot, the root systems of each plant will be severely restricted and your crop will be quite small.
In the fall does it loose its leaves?
Chris on Nov 12, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes. They turn fall colors so to speak and drop off. But as you have seen they are very small leaves.
If all planting & maintenance is followed how long will these bear fruit??
Dorance D on Apr 29, 2020
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. You can find the years-to-bear information in the Characteristics section, near the top of the page, underneath the description. This tree takes 1-2 years to bear.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Do you ship blueberry plans to California?
Christine E on Nov 16, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We appreciate you reaching out to us. At this time, the Bushel and Berry Pink Icing blueberry can be shipped to CA.

If you have any further questions please don't hesitate to reach back out to us. Have a great day!
Best way to lower pH of potted blueberries organically?
Shae R on May 24, 2019
BEST ANSWER: Keep the plants mulched with shredded pine bark/pine needles and use this, it's great and OMRI-listed organic: https://www.starkbros.com/products/tools-and-supplies/soil-additives/jobes-organic-soil-acidifier
If I grow my blueberries in containers in zone 7 can they safely be left out over the winter and come back in the spring? Or would they need to be brought inside?
Lauren on May 11, 2019
BEST ANSWER: In Zone 7, you should move the container to an unheated garage or shed for the winter. They need to go dormant for a certain period of time, so don't bring them indoors or they won't be able to do that. They'll be fine and come back next spring.
I want to grow my blueberries in containers. What type soil should I put in the containers? Garden Soil? Potting Soil? Something else?
MARY on May 7, 2019
BEST ANSWER: We do not recommend using "moisture control" potting soil in containers as it retains too much water and can cause root rot on fruiting plants. Any good potting soil will do (not garden soil), but it's very important to alter the soil pH with soil acidifier so that the soil pH is between 4.5 and 5.0. Otherwise, the bush will not grow and you won't get any berries. Acidic soil is a must for blueberries, which can do very well in containers.
Are the blueberry pink icing bushels self pollinating?
Christine D on Dec 24, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, they are.
How many years will it take to get to max size, when it starts in a quart pot?
Nico P on Oct 4, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Hi, Nico. That will depend upon the quality of the soil, how much sun it gets, whether it gets the right amount of water and what you feed it. If you take care of it well, it could reach full size in as few as 3 years, but it will bear fruit long before that.

Customer Reviews

4.3 / 5.0
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Quite surprising
And pink icing absolutely beautiful out it’s really quite surprised at how huge the berries actually are is the first year they produced and they’re huge
May 5, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Still alive and growing!
The little bush has grown nicely. It's spring and fall colors really add a touch of beauty around my porch. I am looking forward to berries....finally....this year!
May 6, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Requires very low ph soil
I received 2 of these in good condition and immediately re-planted them in 3 gallon pots with quality potting soil. Soon they started to die and treating the soil in the pots with ph lowering treatments. Within 6 months they were dead. My advice is, if you cannot set up and control the soil to keep it low, 4.5 range, consider another kind of plant.
May 4, 2019
Purchased
over 2 years ago
Nice plants! Lightly Fruitful. Ordering Headaches.
Zone 8A, Central Alabama, Planted Spring 2017

My plants get a lot of sun, but only after noon. These grew well and are nice landscape plants, but I don't get much fruit. Maybe that's because of them being planted on the west side of my house. 4 stars for the product...

My ordering experience with Stark Bros. was awful, full of delays, inventory shortfalls, and product changes. After having to change the products I ordered because of no inventory, I experienced further delays and product changes. I will say customer service did their best to rectify the situation, but it still hurts to think about. 2 stars for the ordering trouble.
April 14, 2020
Does NOT do well in Zone 9B - star rating is for my zone only
Purchase this and diligently followed instruction to acclimate plants to outdoor temps. Made sure it was in shaded area during hottest part of the day and it died within 3 weeks. Very disappointing. :-(
August 16, 2019
Response from Stark Bro's
We appreciate your feedback. I apologize that you had a less-than-satisfactory experience with us. It is always our goal to ship high-quality nursery stock to our customers, as we have for the past 200 years. If your purchase was made within the last year, we owe you a replacement or a refund, whichever you choose. Please contact us at 800.345.4180 and we’ll take care of this for you, presuming your purchase is eligible. I hope you find this helpful. Have a great day!
August 20, 2019
TiffanyF
Beautiful plant
Such a beautiful colorful plant! I love it! It arrived healthy and has grown larger in the year I had it. I keep it in a container and it goes out on the balcony in spring through fall, except for cold days. In the winter with a grow light 12 hours a day, it flowered and had a few berries. Then the grow light got moved too close and it burned off most of the leaves, but they’re all growing back, quickly since I added happy frog acid lovers fertilizer. I‘m so happy with it! Such a wonderful and beautiful plant!
May 25, 2020
Bushel and Berry Pink Icing Blueberry
Love it got my 1st taste of the berries would like a few more of these. We removed the berries since we just got the plant but a few fell thru the crack grew and ripened so we tasted just like any other blueberry.
June 1, 2020
Purchased
8 months ago
so far so good
Arrived healthy, potted and soon started getting some new growth - not sure yet whether I will keep in pot (easier to control soil ph) or transplant to ground
January 4, 2020
Purchased
9 months ago