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  1. Ihave looked everywhere to find how or even why pink bueberries were firsst grown…how did they turn pink. was something added to the soil? thank you

    • Hi Jess
      The pink blueberry began development about 20 years ago. It was developed over a span of about 10 years by the USDA. It’s really only been available to us since 2007.

      They are a cross between an experimental blueberry and a Delite blueberry. The Delite blueberry variety often has some pinkish berries among the blue ones even when they are mature and ripe. Over the years the growers slowly bred out the ‘blue’ and selected only the pink characteristics for the new variety. It was named Pink Lemonade in 2007.

      The pink blueberry is its’ own plant and isn’t a regular blue blueberry with something added to the soil. That’s a great question since it’s possible to change the colour of a hydrangea from blue to pink using soil additives.

      As far as why did they develop it, I’m not sure but I think it’s as simple as most odd things, they did it because we can!

  2. I have been growing them since the first year I saw them for sale in a catalog. I have 15 other blueberries that do fine in the small yard and I haven’t had a single berry ripen. This year it was loaded with flowers, nothing formed. Not a single berry. I have never had any issues with the other 10 I planted (The first 5 were planted by my dad.) I’m not sure what the problem is.

    • Do you have one plant of the pink lemonade variety and the rest are blue blueberries? Or do you have more than one pink one? (How many of each colour do you have?)

      Do you remember how many years it’s been since you’ve started growing the pink plant(s)?

      It sounds like not enough pollination or that the plant might be under stress. They’ll drop their flowers if they get stressed due to lack of watering or being moved/transplanted or even dramatic weather changes and temperature fluctuations can cause this to happen.

      Let me know some details and hopefully I’ll be able to dig up some more answers for you.

  3. We’ve had our pink lemonade established for at least a year, but have not seen a single berry. Its in morning sun and late afternoon shade. Just like our regular blueberry next to it. The regular blueberry is producing about 2 cups of berries and has been established same amount of time! HELP!!!!!

    • In my experience with the pink lemonade blueberry, they require a good solid dose of patience. Make sure it’s sitting/planted in a spot that gets maximum number of sun hours, more sun produces sweeter berries. Give it water through the dry spells and a little fertilizer once or twice a year and then wait.

      Mine are about 5 years old now. The first year I got 0 berries, the second year I literally got 3 berries, the third year the plant made it up to about 30 berries, then the 4th year it just exploded in to hundreds and hundreds of berries from a fast growing plant that just wouldn’t stop producing. Three of us were eating from it for the entire summer last year and it looked like we never touched it. The berries never ran out for months, it was crazy.

      You haven’t done anything wrong, the pink ones just seem to take a little longer to get rolling than the blue ones. It’s absolutely worth the wait, guaranteed.

  4. Will a pink lemonade highbush blueberry grow in toronto. Will it be able to survive the harsh winters. I want to plant it in the ground. Is it advisable to do so.

    • The pink blueberry could be a little bit too tender for Toronto without some cold protection. Toronto is generally considered a zone 6. The pink lemonades that I have were sold as hardy in zones 7-10. But I found other sources that sold them labelled as hardy down to zone 4. I bet it would probably work and they’d live with a little help.

      I would totally try it! Put a small greenhouse over the bush after you plant it in the ground. Do you have one plant or more? You can buy (or make) a slender greenhouse that can fit over the one plant. This would provide shelter and a bubble of warmer air around the plant to help protect it from the cold.

      Also, if you haven’t already bought it I recommend buying the largest plant you can find (and afford) and plant it soon so that it has the most time to get settled in the ground before winter comes again. Good luck! Let me know how it goes.

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