Varieties

The wholesale nursery at Mountain Blue Farms produces approximately one million blueberry plants each year. The plants available are Rabbiteye and Southern Highbush/low chill varieties – all suitable to the warmer climates of Northern NSW and Queensland. All plants are in colour coded containers and grown in soil-less potting mixes.

The pots are kept on steel benches approximately one metre from the ground to reduce the possibility of disease affecting the plants. The plants are shipped to suitable areas in NSW and Queensland. 

 

SOUTHERN HIGHBUSH - VACCINIUM CORYMBOSUM HYBRID

Southern Highbush varieties have been crossbred for superior berries, low chilling requirements and a better tolerance for heat and soil conditions. The plants are evergreen and require between 250 to 600 chilling hours; they are not resistant to frost. These low chill varieties are often self-fertile yet provide higher yields when cross pollinated.
Mountain Blue Farms provides the following Southern Highbush varieties:

 

RIDLEY 1111 (OPI)

Ridley 1111 (OPI) is a proprietary PBR recognised variety owned by Mountain Blue Orchards. This variety is available for commercial growers only. In Northern NSW, the Ridley 1111 plant is harvested from June until late August. Currently it is one of the earliest varieties grown commercially in Australia. Ridley 1111 has exceptional vigour and its genuine evergreen nature has seen it established successfully across a variety of growing areas and soil conditions. Trials have seen Ridley 1111 perform as one of the toughest selections grown commercially in Northern NSW. Its compact habit produces a high yield of medium to large, firm and juicy fruit.
Licensor: Mountain Blue Orchards Pty Ltd
This variety is only available for sale to approved commercial growers in Australia. This variety is not available to nurseries.

 

MISTY

This variety is a true enigma, in that where it grows vigorously, such as on the red krasnozem (deep, well-structured, acid and porous) soils of Northern NSW, it is very profitable and popular, yet on other soils it has often not grown well and is not a variety of popular choice. To produce high quality, early fruit, Misty is best grown under the evergreen system with attention being paid to nutrition and leaf diseases in order to keep the older leaves. It is an early fruiting variety, with light blue, medium to large fruit of excellent flavour.

 

BILOXI

The variety Biloxi fruits well producing large, medium flavoured berries early in the season. The firm fruit is light blue, with a mottled bloom appearance and a medium scar. Biloxi has been shown to produce late spring flowering and a second harvest, during January and February. This can be controlled through pruning. 

 

LEGACY

Legacy is an evergreen, late season variety. The plants are vigorous and upright to 2 metres. Legacy has a highly regarded berry flavour with light blue, medium to large fruit. This variety is a heavy yielder with a quality bloom.

 

RABBITEYE - VACCIUIUM ASHEI

Rabbiteye Varieties are non-deciduous plants requiring 450-600 chilling hours. This variety relies on other Rabbiteye varieties to be planted close by for pollination. The name 'Rabbiteye' comes from the resemblance to a rabbit's eyes to the pink berries before they ripen. These varieties produce fruit later in the season during periods of high heat and humidity thus allowing growers to significantly extend their harvest. Due to this late flowering, these varieties could be an option if you experience frost in your location. Rabbiteye varieties are generally quite tough, grow vigorously and produce high yields.
Mountain Blue Farms provides the following Rabbiteye varieties: 

 

POWDER BLUE 

Powder Blue is one of the hardiest blueberry plants. It is a late season variety that should be planted with Brightwell for cross-pollination. The berries are firm, large and a very attractive pale blue colour. Powder Blue produces a high yield of easy to pick fruit that is resistant to splitting from rain.

 

BRIGHTWELL

Brightwell produces medium to large fruit early in the Rabbiteye season. The plant is vigorous and upright with dry stem scars and light blue, sweet flavoured berries. This variety is particularly suited to the conditions present in Northern NSW. Brightwell should be planted with Powder Blue for best results.