Climate, Seasons & Availability

Climate

Different varieties of blueberries can be grown in different locations. Factors to take into account when growing blueberries include climate, soil conditions, rainfall patterns and frost exposure. To determine which variety is best for your area, it is vital to understand how many chill hours are necessary for the plant to produce fruit.

Chill hours refers to hours where the temperature is below seven degrees Celsius.

Southern Highbush: Require between 250-600 Chill Hours

Rabbiteye: Require between 450-600 Chill Hours

Northern Highbush: Require between 750-1000 Chill Hours

 

For more information on Australia's climate conditions: http://www.bom.gov.au/

 

Seasons

Mountain Blue Farms supply varieties that cover a wide range of seasonal timing. Combine different varieties that season early, mid and late to extend your blueberry season.

The following table is a general guide to the varieties grown at Mountain Blue Farms and their seasonal timing throughout the year. It is specific to the growing conditions at Mountain Blue Farms and does not represent the same varieties being grown at other locations. Each season varies dependant on several factors outside Mountain Blue Farms' control.

Seasonal Calendar

 

Availability

The blueberry season in the cooler, more southern areas of Australia generally begins around December and ends in April. In the warmer, more northern areas of Australia the season begins around June or July and ends in February. This varies with different blueberry producers depending on the varieties being grown and the conditions that the plants have faced throughout the year. Mountain Blue Farms' season can begin as early as June and runs through to January.

Fresh blueberries are readily available during the peak of these seasons yet may be difficult to source during the off season or towards the beginning or the end of seasons. Freezing blueberries during harvest for use during these times of low supply means that blueberries are available all year round.