Wednesday, August 01, 2018

Duke blueberry of Northern Highbush

New Jersey is the largest fresh market blueberry supplier in the United States. One of the major varieties of blueberry grown in the state is Duke, named for Duke Galleta, one of the founders of the Atlantic Blueberry Company in Hammonton, New Jersey.

Vaccinium Duke or Blueberry 'Duke' is a popular Northern Highbush. It is a proven performer over a large region of the country. One the best characteristics of 'Duke', is late bloom followed by early ripening.

Best grown in acidic (pH of 4.8 to 5.2), peaty, 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 good organic mulch.

‘Duke’ had the highest percentage of fruit buds, averaging 63.5% compared to 58.1% and 45% in ‘Elliot’ and ‘Bluecrop’.

Plantings of Duke blueberry also found in Canada, Australia, and New Zealand, France the Netherlands, Germany, Spain and northern European countries and in Chile.
Duke blueberry of Northern Highbush

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