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Bushel and Berry™ Pink Icing™ Blueberry

Available Spring 2020

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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 U.S.P.P. #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.

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.

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Questions & Answers

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
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
To enjoy at our up north home
MaryJo P on May 15, 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
It sounds like it would be a beautiful addition to our landscape as well as sharing its fruit!
Karen H on May 17, 2019
Adding more to my blueberry patch.
Angela L on May 14, 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.
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!
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.
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?
PokeyP 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.

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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
1 year 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
1 year 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
1 year ago