About Blueberry Darrow
A vigorous erect variety, late season, ripening mid-late August. Produces good crops of very large berries that are firm and light-blue in colour. The fruit is one of the largest produced by any blueberry cultivar. Excellent tart flavour. Darrow is a consistent high yielder when pollinated with other varieties & is fully hardy. The long bell-shaped spring flowers are white with a tint of pink & are produced in large clusters – three quarters of which will produce fruit. Leaves turn stunning shades of orange in autumn.
- Self fertile
- Planting Distance 1.5m apart
- Height & Spread 1.8m x 1.8m
- Crops August
The blueberry is one of the most popular fruits in the country. The darrow is a vigorous growing late-season variety that produces fruit for mid to late August. It's large purple berries bring ornamental appeal into the garden. This is a high-yield fruit that can be grown in a container or garden border. The round fruits hang from woody stems that also produce rounded green leaves which create a wonderful garden display. These wonderful berries have a subtle, sweet flavour and produce a lot of juice if crushed. Because of their subtler taste they are a wonderful fruit to use in baking, making fantastic muffins or pancake fillers.
How to grow blueberries
Choose a sunny, sheltered spot with moist, well-drained, acidic and light soil to plant your blueberry. The plant will tolerate a more shaded spot, but this will mean your fruits will take longer to ripen. Blueberries will not grow well in soil with a PH higher than 5.5, so you will get better results by planting in a container which makes the PH balance easier to control. Prune back in late autumn and look out for mildew.
How do I harvest blueberries?
The berries start to ripen from mid-summer onwards, changing from green to dusky blue when ready to pick. They won't all ripen at once, so check over plants several times. When ready, pull gently until the berry comes off the stem.
How do I store blueberries?
Blueberries can be eaten fresh or can be frozen in an airtight bag for later use. They also are a very good fruit for making jam.