Organic Grand Shamong Blueberry Seeds - The Largest Blueberry
Organic Grand Shamong Blueberry Seeds - 15 Count
Giant Hammonton Blueberry, Burlington’s Best Blueberry
Description: Originally from Shamong, NJ, these are the largest, most enormous Organic Blueberries you will ever see. Ranging in size from just under 1 inch to well over 1.5 inches in width, the sheer size will amaze you! Simple to grow, and works in most all types of soils, it is a hardy plant that can tolerate cold and freezing conditions well. A very juicy, semi-sweet berry, it is local favorite for pies, eating raw, and freezing.
Fruit Size: Over 1 inch in width, averaging 1.25 inches overall. (We have had some coming close to 2 inches in width in the past 10 years.)
Fruit Weight: Average weight of the berry is 0.32 ounce (8.9 g) per berry from most recent crop.
Fruit Color: Deep Blue to Purple, no variegations.
Fruit: Medium loose, semi-tight clusters of extremely large, slightly oblate, exceptionally large Blueberries.
Foliage: Rich Green
Soil pH: 4.0 to 4.7
USDA Zones: 3a to 7b
Height: 4 feet
Spacing: 4 to 6 feet
Depth: Sow uniformly to a depth of 2.5 to 0.33 inches, depending on soil condition and local climate.
Spread: 6 or more feet is left unpruned
Sun/Shade: Full sun
Flower Color: White
Watering: Grand Shamong Blueberry bushes have very shallow root systems and are somewhat sensitive to heavy water fluctuations. They need at least 2 to 3 inches of water per week. In dry seasons, supplemental watering is essential to obtain good yields of high quality, large blueberries. However, do not over apply water after early September unless soil is very dry.
Starting Blueberries: You may need to add a soil amendment like peat moss to get the pH lowered, which is usually good as the additional humus introduced will help in drainage as well. You may need to add another amendment like sulfur to get the pH into the desired range. The soil should be a loamy mix, about 4 to 7 % organic matter. Blueberries have shallow roots and so drainage is important. If you have a clay soil or poor drainage you may want to consider raised garden beds for your blueberries. As an alternative you can consider hilling up around the plants. And compost is always a good thing to introduce into your soil preparation.
Fertilizer: We recommend always using well composted organic material, however, an organic fertilizer that balances out at 10 - 10 - 10 (P, Ca, Mg) works the best.
Pruning: There are some varying thoughts on pruning. Early pruning develops a very dense blueberry bush that will bear more fruit, however, it is thought, at the cost of hardiness. Not pruning heavily, allows the blueberry bush to attain a natural look and still allows heavy bearing of blueberry fruits. Thinning is always recommended for proper blueberry plant health and blueberry fruit production.
Harvesting: To pick by hand, gently roll berries between your thumb and forefinger, removing fully ripe berries and leaving unripe berries for the next picking. A picker can collect berries in an open container attached to a belt or cord at waist level. This frees both hands for picking. Blueberry fruits may be picked 2 to 4 times per season.
Name: The blueberry name comes from the town of Shamong in Southern New Jersey (Our Stomping Grounds!) Shamong is thought to derive from the Amerind (Nanticoke/Lenni-Lenape/Delaware) Unami (Algonquian) language terms meaning "place of the big horn", from the words oschummo ("horn") and onk ("place")
Comments: The largest Blueberry that we have ever grown. This is not a hybridized variant, but a naturally occurring Organic Blueberry. Organic Grand Shamong Blueberries are a firm and juicy fruit if weather is not too hot. There is a small, dry recessed scar on fruit at the bud end. Resistant to phytophthora. Tolerates wet or clay soils well. Red wood. Very vigorous.
Health Information: The dye that is released from the blueberries' skin may well be the most valuable nutrient the fruit has to offer. The pigments in blueberries and in red crops such as cherries, plums, and red cabbage are powerful antioxidants. They have been determined to be a much-heralded chemical warrior against heart disease and cancer. Blueberries have the highest antioxidant capacity because of their large anthocyanin concentration. Blueberries are not only a powerful antioxidant but also have been proved to preserve vision. Blueberry extract, high in compounds called anthocyanosides, has been found in clinical studies to slow down visual loss. Grand Shamong Blueberries are literally bursting with nutrients and flavor, yet very low in calories. In the 1990s and Early 2000s researchers at Tufts University analyzed 60 fruits and vegetables for their antioxidant capability. Blueberries came out on top, rating highest in their capacity to destroy free radicals. Anecdotally, researchers have found that blueberries help protect the brain from oxidative stress and may reduce the effects of age-related conditions such as Alzheimer's disease or dementia. Researchers found that diets rich in blueberries significantly improved both the learning capacity and motor skills of aging animals, making them mentally equivalent to much younger ones.
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Purchased monkey puzzle tree seeds. They arrived on time and in acceptable packaging, but the seeds are way too tiny. This type of tree produces large seeds, usually 1.5 to 2 inches in length. The seeds I received where not even 1/16 of an inch.
Emailed seller twice regarding my surprise and concern and have not received a response.
My recommendation: Find another seller.