Reka Blueberry Bush

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SKU
10722

The Reka Blueberry Bush (Vaccinium 'Reka') is one of the heaviest bearing Northern Highbush and one of the hardiest! Very early ripening, you'll enjoy a prolific harvest of medium-large delicious antioxidant-rich fruits! The long clusters of sumptuous berries are tough enough to endure the stress of wind and rain, as well as the picking process. They even hold their flavor well in storage!

The Reka's fruit ripens over a longer period than most other Blueberries, so you can get up to four pickings in one season! The heavy yields are sure to impress, but the flavor will be the true surprise! Reka produces a tremendously flavorful berry with a sweet-acid balance and a firm and satisfying, crisp-textured skin!

Not to be outdone by its harvest, Reka Blueberry is also an exceptional ornamental for your landscape. White bell-shaped flowers with a delicate pink hue make a wonderful display in the spring and feed the bees. In fall, the leaves turn a burgundy red that's striking against its reddish wood and really adds to the appeal.

Planting and Application:

Vigorous and fast-growing ornamental fruit bush that makes a great hedge and should be planted with mid-season and late-season varieties of Northern Highbush to increase the harvest. Pot up smaller plants together for space-saving fruit at your fingertips.

Create groupings and rows for privacy that feeds you and your wildlife by going linear with your berry orchard! You'll want to cover your bushes if you don't want to share, or just go ahead and plant more! Plant along your home's foundation or create a screening row of blooming property division between your yard and the street that feeds everyone!

  • Powdery Blue Crisp Skinned Fruit
  • White Bell-Shaped Blossoms
  • Extended Ripening Period
  • Hardy, Prolific & Ornamental
  • Good Self-Fertility - Larger Crops With Other Northern Highbush

#ProPlantTips for Care:

Reka Blueberry is adaptive to a variety of climates and soils and even tolerates light frost. With good tolerance to heat and drought but prefers a humid climate. Very few pests or diseases bother it! Prune when dormant as needed.

  • Full Sun & Moist Acidic Well-Drained Soil
  • Pest & Disease Free
  • Adaptive To A Variety Of Soils & Climates
  • Tolerance To Heat, Drought & Humidity
  • 800 - 1000 Chill Hours

The all-around fan-favorite Reka Blueberry Bush has been a berry orchard standard for years and you can see why! Order yours today at NatureHills.com and start harvesting healthy homegrown goodness!

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Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.

Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!

Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.

  • Popular sizes of select trees are 1 foot, 2 feet, 3 feet, etc.
  • Popular sizes of select bare root plants is 1 foot, 18 inches, etc.

Nature Hills Container Size by Volume

Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.

Young Plants to 18 Months
Size Volume
2"x2"x3" Ranges from .18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume
4.5" Container Equal to .65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume
Sprinter Pot Equal to .63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume
4" Container Ranges from .31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume
6" Container Equal to 1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume
1 Quart Equal to 1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume
5.5" Container Equal to 1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x5" Ranges from .8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x6" Ranges from 1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x9" Ranges from 1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume
4"x4"x10" Ranges from 1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume
Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old
Size Volume
2 Quart Equal to 2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume
#1 Container Ranges from 2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume
5"x5"x12" Equal to 3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume
Plants 2 - 4 Years Old
Size Volume
#2 Container Ranges from 1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume
#3 Container Ranges from 2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume
Plants 3 - 5 Years Old
Size Volume
#5 Container Ranges from 2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume
#7 Container Ranges from 5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume

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100 - 129.99 34.99
130 - 149.99 41.99
150 - 150+ Approx 27%

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Hardy, High Yield

In 1969, the USDA sent collected seed from a number of Northern Highbush crosses to New Zealand. The purpose was to improve the production of Blueberries that up to this time had not performed well in the country. The plants had to tolerate New Zealand's fluctuating climate pattern.

Over many years of observation, a group of three select seedlings arising from the Earliblue x Bluecrop crosses, stood-out as meeting the requirements. Reka Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum x 'Reka') was the most impressive.

This is a unique selection of Blueberry originally selected by Franklin H. Wood of the Maftech North, Ruakura Agricultural Research Centre Hamilton, New Zealand. In 1985, Reka was released and a patent was applied for in 1987.

Reka's moderate to large berry size and outstanding flavor were the immediate attraction. The plants overall size and production made it an instant hit with the commercial growers of New Zealand. A very heavy producer, the Reka's hardiness to the extreme cold snaps, the news of Reka's quality and adaptability spread quickly.

PLANT HIGHLIGHTS

Reka Blueberry Bush Is Suited to Grow in Zones 4-7
Growing Zones 4-7
More Information
Brand Nature Hills' Choice
Botanical Name Vaccinium 'Reka'
Type Deciduous
Mature Height 4 - 6 feet
Mature Spread 3 - 4 feet
Sun Exposure Full Sun
Soil Well-Drained
Moisture Moderate
Growth Rate Medium
Flower Color White
Foliage Green
Fall Color Red
Harvest Time Mid Season
Pollinator Friendly Yes
Fruiting Time 3 - 5 Years
Pruning Time When Dormant
Fragrant Yes