Depending on where you are located you may think of Blueberries in three
different ways. Wild Blueberries are found a lot in the Northeast,
especially in the state of Maine. The plants grow close to the ground and
if you have ever raked or scooped blueberries you probably think of Wild
If you live in the South, you may be used to the Rabbit Eye Blueberry.
Growing on fairly tall bushes these blueberries find the states of Florida
and Louisiana to be a good home. They are able to grow in the less seasonal
conditions and soil types of this area of the county.
Here at Canter-Berry Farms in Washington State we raise Cultivated Highbush
Blueberries. Highbush Blueberries have approx. 30 to 50 different varieties
that are common in growing areas throughout the United States. Each region
may also have varieties that grow especially well under those particular
conditions. Generally stated, Blueberries like an acidic soil. Many
Blueberry farms are located in old peat bogs or lake bottoms. Do not think
Blueberries like standing water. The plants must have drainage and as long
as irrigation is available they do very well on a sandy loam type soil.
At Canter-Berry Farms we raise 8 different varieties. Planted in 1947 even
at over 50 years of age our plants still thrive. The size of the different
varieties ranges from the end of your little finger to a little larger than
the end of your thumb. Flavors go from bland to sweet to tart. We even have
one that tastes a little spicy! If you have tried Blueberries before and
didn't like them, don't be hesitant to try another variety because there is
one for everybody. Oh and if you haven't ever tried a fresh Blueberry and
only think they taste like the imitation flavor candies, are you in for a
Just a little more about the plants. If you are looking for an excellent
landscape plant, consider a Blueberry bush. During dormant season the
bushes are without their leaves. They are not with out color because, again
dependent on the variety, branches may be red or gold. As Spring arrives
and blossoms open Our field looks much like a snowstorm covered it. The
flowers are a brilliant white, similar to a Lily of the Valley. Summer of
course provides you with fresh fruit and the combination of the greenery of the bush
contrasted by the rich blue of the berry clusters. Fall is not to be out
done by the other seasons. Blueberry bushes turn a brilliant red. Each
variety has a different hue and placed next to each other looks as if it
afire one ember hotter than the next.
Enjoy Our Blueberries!!