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Something New In Blueberries – ‘Pink Lemonade’

April 14th, 2009 by Garden Sage · 23 Comments

Pink Lemonade blueberry

'Pink Lemonade' blueberry

Briggs Nursery, a wholesale grower from Elma, Washington, has announced a new introduction for 2009, a true first in blueberries.  The scientific name is Vaccinium ‘Pink Lemonade’.   Briggs is trying hard to get enough of these plants to the trade, but they inform me that gardeners will probably have to wait till the 2010 season before supply will be sufficient to meet demand. 

News Flash: As of January 29, 2010 the ‘Pink Lemonade’ blueberry is available at www.cottagefarmsdirect.com and www.directgardening.com Let me know if you find it for sale anywhere else.  (See comments below)

This new variety of blueberry is hardy to USDA Zone 4.  Growing requirements demand an acidic soil pH (4.5 – 5.5),  high light levels, well-drained soil rich in organic matter and adequate, even moisture.

‘Pink Lemonade’ offers four season interest.  In spring the shrub sports pinkish-white showy bell-shaped flowers.  The fruits are pale greenish at first, then dappled pink, and finally develop a deep pink color indicating a ripened fruit. The leaves are smooth, glossy green, lanceolate, with serrated leaf margins. In fall, the leaves turn a bright orange fading to deep red.  Wintertime twigs are dusky reddish-brown.  Any unharvested fruit supplies sustaining food to songbirds and wildlife.

The shrub is vigorous, reaching four to five feet in height and width.  ‘Pink Lemonade’ is thought to perform best in climates matching the optimum for rabbiteye cultivars.  Fruit ripening occurs mid-late to late season with moderate yields of medium-sized, glossy, bright pink fruit. The flavor is said to be mild with good fruit firmness.

This is a new introduction so proceed with caution.  Test performance by growing one in the fruit garden or in the ornamental ericaceous border with other plants which thrive in acid soil.  If this new introduction proves to produce excellent edible fruits it will be a great addition to the adventurous chef”s arsenal. Imagine a late summer compote of mixed berries with the addition of the ‘Pink Lemonade’ fruits, topped with a lemon creme sauce and a sprig of fresh mint leaves or a blueberry pie with a mix of the traditional blue berries along with the ‘Pink Lemonade’ berries.  WOW!

Recommended Reading:

The Backyard Berry Book by Stella Otto (Ottographics, 1995)

Blueberries, Cranberries & Other Vacciniums by Jennifer Trehane (Timber Press, 2009)

23 Comments so far ↓

  • Ozie Hamway

    Good informative submit. Give thanks to U for assisting info. Lookin’ forward for your next article. Cheers

  • Veggie Master

    Here’s a link to a bulletin put out by Missouri State University, Patty. It gives all the info you’ll need for growing blueberries in your area. Good luck with the berries. Let me know how they do for you. I think you’ll all have a lot of fun with your raised bed garden!

  • Patty Thieret

    My husband and I are in our late fifties and love gardening however haven’t had one for many years. This is the first year for a long time that we are attempting to “live off the land” per our son. Aaron, our son, is a paraplegic due to an accident some 15 yrs. ago. (he’s now 34). We made raised beds so he can garden, too. We are going to try the pink blueberries….we live in Missouri (80 S of St. Louis) so don’t know how they will turn out. Any advice would be appreciated.

  • Christine

    These are also available at Down to Earth Home, Garden, and Gift, in Eugene, OR. There are two stores, and I think both locations have them. I just picked up a little one gallon size from the Willamette Street store this morning. I’m really excited to add it to my little blueberry patch! So cute!

  • greens

    Just got mine in vallejo ca. Can’t wait to see how they do. cost me $20 each though.

  • Blueberrylover

    I just planted my pink lemonade blueberry bush today can’t wait to see it bloom and blossom yay and I live in Florida.

  • Lisa

    We sell it where I work in Springfield Oregon.
    Jerry’s Home Improvement, 97477

  • countrygal

    I have had really unreliable experiences with burgess & michigan bulb both. But that was me, perhaps you will have better luck. I have ordered from cottage farms on QVC & they do stand by their warranty…from a local grower you could pick & choose which plant to get.

  • gardensquare

    $7.99 each or 2@$14.99 at http://www.eburgess.com
    I’ve never ordered from them & don’t know their reputation.

  • Denine Anderson-Regan

    I just got the latest Michigan Bulb catalog and they’re offering it for Fall 2010. $14.99/pot. Their warranty is excellent so I think I am going to buy it from them – worst case scenario, it doesn’t grow and I can get my money back.

  • Liz

    Shortys in vancouver wa has them!

  • Kerry

    Found one today at “Jerry’s” home improvement in Eugene.

  • Anonymous

    7dees has a lot of plants for 15 dollars a piece!!
    Portland.

  • jboutame

    Got my pink blueberry bush at Bauman’s Farms in Brooks, Ore, near Salem. 3/26/10.

  • Brittanie

    Picked up 2 at Al’s in Woodburn! Can hardly wait to see what they can do this summer!!

  • nancy

    Terra Gardens in Salem Oregon has a few of these exciting plants in stock.

  • cinderella

    Molbak’s nursery in Woodinville, WA has lot of ‘em.

  • Brooke - in Oregon

    My favorite nursery just got these in! Valley View Nursery here in Southern Oregon. WOO HOO I just saw it posted on their blog :)

  • megan

    I just got my pink lemonade blueberry from my local nursery today in Portland Oregon. SevenDees on SE powell blvd. I’m sure many other nurseries will have it soon as well!

  • Veggie Master

    This plant grows 4-5 feet tall and can have the same width at maturity. If you’re going to try growing it in a container, start out with one at least 12 inches wide by 18 inches deep and fill it with peat moss, a low pH potting mix and about 10% compost. After planting, mulch with at least 2 inches of material to keep the soil cool and moist. Blueberries require 1-2 inches of water per week – more during hot spells. In warmer climates the container may stay outside all year. In the north it would be best to bring it into an unheated garage or basement for the winter. We don’t sell plants, but I’m trying to find out now where and when ‘Pink Lemonade’ will be available to retail customers. I will post the info on this site when I have it. Good luck and let us know how your blueberry growing works out!

  • betty

    how tall does the pink blueberry lemonade get? also can i grow it in a pot? do you put out a catalog if so would you please send me one.

  • Veggie Master

    Welcome! Hope you have fun roaming around here.

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