Blooms earlies that Shapblue, & is as vigorous. Jewel is shorter & more spreading than Sharpblue. Bears for about 30 days: April to May.Tart until fully ripe! Produces large firm berries on young plants Berry quality is excellent! Enjoy!


Southern Highbush. Does well in heavy soils, cold winters & summer heat. Upright, compact bush offers easy picking of its sky blue berries, on the outer periphery of the bush. Berries are medium sized, very tasty, ripening over a 2 week period. Self-fruitful. Produces: Mid season. 250 chill hours.


Southern Highbush. Bright blue-green foliage contrast with the hot-pink spring flowers & sky-blue summer fruit. Berries are medium to large size & of excellent quality. Evergreen in mild winter areas. Self-fruitful but, yields best when planted with other blueberries. 150 chill hours. Produces: Early season.


Large fruit is especially sweet & flavorful. Soil must be acidic, high in humus. Bush gets 5-6 ft. tall. Tolerates heat. Self fruitful, plant 2 varieties together for a larger crop. Produces: Early/ almost year-around. 300 chill hours.


Sharpblue is the most adaptable for low chill areas. This stalky, vigorous bush can grow to 6'. In mild growing areas, Sharpblue will bloom & fruit almost year-round, and is nearly evergreen. The berries are dark blue, about the size of a dime, with excellent flavor & texture. Great on your morning cereal. Self-fruitful. 300 chill hours. Bears: year-round.

Southmoon Blue

NEW! Vigorous upright bush. Does especially well in lighter, sandy soils or with a generous amounts of organic matter added. Exceptional berries AND flavor!. Destined to be a southern gardeners favorite. Does very well inland or on the coast. Self-fruitful. 300 chill hours. Produces: Mid season.

Sunshine Blue

From San Diego to Seattle, Sunshine Blue has it all! This semi-dwarf evergreen bush is compact to 3'. Showy hot pink flowers fade to white in the spring, yielding large crops of dime-sized, delicious blueberries . Tangy flavor. Tops in So. California. Self-fruitful. 150 chill hours. Bears: Mid season.

Let's talk Blueberries...  

In containers

Starting with a 5 gallon size plant, you need 'Soil Mix' of:
1/3 …Organic Potting Soil/Peat Moss
1/3 ...Azalea/Acid Mix
1/3 …¼" Pathway Bark
A liberal handful of Soil Sulfur.

Blend your mix & add the soil sulfur. Next you will need a 16"-20" pot (clay is always best & the bigger the better to allow root-growth & cut-down on shifting). A few stones or some gravel or pottery-chards, to help keep the drainage hole open, and you are ready to plant!

Pack the bottom of your container with the soil mix. Set the Blueberry bush in and adjust the soil level, leaving 1"-2" for watering. Just firm the new soil around the root-ball, give a generous watering & now wait for your Blueberry crop to come in! On breakfast cereal, in muffins, or just FRESH! Hello anti-oxidants!

Additional hints:

Never let Blueberries dry out. Fertilize with an Acid based fertilizer about once a month. Liquid Fish Emulsion, will do the trick. Blueberries love full sun. Plant several varieties for better pollination & a larger yield per plant.

Blueberry Buckle

¼ cup butter margarine
¾ cup sugar
1 egg 
2 cups flour
2 tsp baking powder 
½ tsp salt
½ cup milk
2 cups fresh blueberries

Crumb Topping:

Combine with fork or fingers
¼ cup soft butter
½ cup sugar
1/3 cup flour
½ tsp ground cinnamon

Cream butter, add sugar and beat until light. Add egg and beat well. Add dry ingredients alternately with milk. Fold in berries by hand. Pour into greased 9 X 9 pan. Sprinkle with crumb topping. Bake at 375° for 35 minutes. Serves 6-9.


Deciduous fruit






Specialty Fruit

Chill Hours

Cold chill hours can be a little confusing. Basically they are the number of hours below 45°F subtracting the number of hours above 60°F between the months of November and February.

If you live in or around any of these areas, your average chill hours are:

  • Malibu, Ventura, Santa Barbara: ± 300 Hours
  • San Fernando Valley, Fillmore, Simi Valley: ± 800 Hours or less
  • Santa Clarita, Lancaster: 800 Hours or more

There is no simple test for "Chill Hours" and they are calculated as an average. Each winter season differs in total chill hours accumulated, which can affect fruit production. Most of the fruit trees we carry at Otto & Sons are classified as low chill requirement and are better matched for our Southern California chill hours.