Spartan Blueberry Bush
Large, Excellent Fruit
Northern Highbush, Early Season
Spartan Blueberry (Vaccinium corymbosum 'Spartan') was introduced in 1977 by the USDA in Beltsville, Maryland. This beautiful, upright Northern Highbush variety produced huge, quarter-sized fruit that was twice the size of the average Blueberry of the time.
Spartan had a big appeal for both commercial growers and home gardeners. The most obvious benefit was the amazing large fruit size, followed by the excellent quality of the fruit. A firm texture also added a snap to the eating experience.
This is a variety you want to keep eating after the bowl is empty. Here are some pro tips to get the most out of this wonderful variety:
Spartan is sensitive to poor draining soils and should be elevated when good drainage is a problem.
Spartan likes a typical acid soil with a pH at 5. 5. Fertilize quarterly with acid fertilizers rated for "Ericaceous" plants such as Azaleas, Camelias and Rhododendrons. Consider using rain water whenever possible to water your Spartan Blueberry.
The Spartan does very well in large containers with drainage holes! Fill with an acid planting mix and mix in some well-rotted leaf mold or pathway bark for a perfect potting soil. Add 2 tablespoons of Soil Sulphur to ensure that the pH is down in the mid 5's. We recommend testing your containers regularly for the best production.
Northern Highbush Blueberries are generally self-fruitful, but you'll love the larger crops when you plant several together. The vigorous growth of this plant makes it ideal in hedging. Consider planting different ripening varieties in a hedge row for continual harvest and privacy.
Beautiful in season and out, with enormous fruit for fresh eating and baking. Spartan brings a wonderful upright growth habit in the landscape and fiery orangey-red fall color. Simply put, this one is a real winner.
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- North American Native with HUGE fruit
- Upright Growth Habit
- Unmatched Summer Flavor
- Wonderful Fall Color
- Needs 800 Chilling Hours
Buying Options for Plants
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
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.655 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|3.5" Container||Equal to||.67 dry quart / .74 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Equal to||.87 dry quart / .96 dry liter 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|
|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|
|#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|
|#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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|Botanical Name||Vaccinium corymbosum 'Spartan'|
|Mature Height||5 - 6 feet|
|Mature Spread||4 - 5 feet|
|Soil Type||Well drained|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|