Best grown in acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), organically rich, medium to wet, well-drained soils in full sun
to part shade. Shallow, fibrous roots need constant moisture and good drainage. Plants appreciate a good
organic mulch. Although blueberries are self-fertile, cross-pollination produces the best fruit crop (larger
berries and larger yields). Therefore, it is best to plant more than one variety that will bloom at the
same time. In addition, blueberry season can be extended by planting early, mid-season and late varieties
which will collectively ripen from early June well into July (St. Louis area). Best to remove flowers
from plants in the year of planting and in the following year so as to prevent fruit set and to encourage
new vegetative growth. Prune as needed in late winter beginning in the third year after planting.
Highbush blueberry is native to eastern North America where it grows in moist woods, bogs, swamps and
low areas. It is an upright, deciduous shrub that typically grows 5-8’ tall. ‘Bluegold’ is a highbush
blueberry cultivar which typically grows 4-6’ tall. Waxy, bell-shaped, white flowers appear in May. Flowers
are followed by firm, light blue blueberries which ripen in late season (late June to early July). Ovate,
dark green leaves (to 3.5” long) turn attractive shades of red and purple in fall.
No serious insect or disease problems. Birds love the fruit, so plants may need to be covered with netting
as the fruit begins to ripen in order to protect the crop. Chlorosis (yellowing of leaves) may occur in
high pH soils. Potential but infrequent disease problems include stem blight, root rot, anthracnose, cane
cankers, mildew and botrytis.
This versatile shrub has excellent ornamental value separate and apart from the fruit crop: white spring
flowers, dark green summer foliage, red fall color and reddish winter stems. Effective in shrub borders
or as part of less formal shrub plantings such as in native plant gardens or open woodland areas. Particularly
effective in conjunction with rhododendrons and azaleas which share similar acidic soil requirements.
Also makes an excellent hedge with the added benefits of summer fruit which can be harvested or left for
Odroda veľkoplodej čučoriedky "Bluegold" bola vyšľachtená v USA a uvedená na trh v roku 1989. Vzrast má
vzpriamený a nízky, kríky dosahujú výšku do 120 cm s veľkým počtom výhonov. Bobule sú stredne veľké (70
ks / 0,25 l), v tvare veľmi vyrované, vyfarbujú sa skoro, ale do harmonickej sladkej chuti vyzrievajú
neskôr. Plody dozrievajú v prvej polovici augusta, majú výbornú skladovateľnosť a vydržia dlho počas zimy
v mrazničkách a chladničkách s riadenou atmosférou.
Odolnosť proti mrazu je veľmi vysoká, od -28°C až -34°C. Čučoriedka Bluegold je obľúbená hlavne u hobby
pestovateľov pre jej nenáročnosť, odolnosť voči chorobám, jednoduché pestovanie, vysokú výnosnosť, vynikajúcu
chuť plodov a dlhodobé skladovanie.