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Hirt's Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry Plant - Bonsai/Patio/Outdoors

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4" Pot
  • Makes a great bonsai or indoor plant. Ideal for containers and small spaces
  • The plant you will receive is well branched and growing in a 2" x 3" growers pot
  • In the spring the plant is loaded with so many flowers it looks like a white-flowering heather
  • Self-pollinating, only one plant is needed for berries.
  • Homegrown by Hirt's Gardens

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Product Description

Size: 4" Pot

Top Hat Blueberry simply has to be seen to be believed. Here is a beautiful, moundshaped, compact shrub that is ideal for containers and small spaces, loaded with so many flowers in spring it looks like a white-flowering heather, followed by hundreds of delicious full-size blueberry fruits that make it doubly decorative. <STRONG><FONT color=#407f00>Top Hat is also becoming a favorite of bonsai enthusiasts, since the plant so easily allows itself to be restricted in a bonsai dish and shaped into a decorative bonsai accent, even flowering and fruiting as a bonsai accent.</FONT></STRONG> Developed from a breeding program at Michigan State University by one of the country's leading blueberry specialists, plants are cold hardy and easy to grow. Round, firm, flavorful fruits are a dusky blue just like those you find in the stores - perfect for fresh eating, making jam and baking into muffins or pies.</FONT>

<FONT face=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular size=4>Hardiness Zone: 5-8; hardy to -25 F
Size at Maturity: 2 ft. by 2 ft.
Soil Preference: Acid 4.5 to 5.5 pH</FONT>

<FONT face=Arial,Helvetica,Geneva,Swiss,SunSans-Regular size=2>Light Needs: Full sun or partial shade</FONT>

Blueberries are valued for their ornamental foliage, flowers and berries. Their small bell shaped flowers contrast beautifully with the leathery leaves during the spring and summer and are followed by edible round berries which turn purple when ripe to eat. The plant you will receive is growing in a 2" x 3" growers pot. It is well branched and about 8" tall.


Product Details

Size: 4" Pot
  • Shipping Weight: 1.1 pounds (View shipping rates and policies)
  • ASIN: B003MZRDG4
  • Average Customer Review: 3.3 out of 5 stars  See all reviews (76 customer reviews)
  • Amazon Best Sellers Rank: #20,866 in Grocery & Gourmet Food (See Top 100 in Grocery & Gourmet Food)
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The plant came very well secured in a box.
Eden Isaac
I tried hard to see if it would come back but it didn't.
Suzanna Innerhofer
Leaves were dying or dead when I received it.
Kaylee Danger

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157 of 161 people found the following review helpful By Silea TOP 1000 REVIEWERVINE VOICE on August 20, 2010
Size Name: 4" Pot Verified Purchase
Hirt's is a sorta hands-off 'nursery'. They'll sell you whatever you want to buy from them, whenever you want to buy it. There's none of that pesky 'hey, by the way, blueberries do best when planted in spring or fall, so August might not be the best time to buy...' or 'gee, you're in USDA zone 6, you need to make sure you choose plants that can handle that climate.' No, Hirt's isn't about helping you buy the right plants, they're about selling seeds and plants to people either educated enough or naive enough to not need any guidance.

If you know what you're doing, this is good, because it saves you the time and effort of going to a garden center, talking to the employees, weighing what you want against what they have, and so forth. If you don't know what you're doing, you're going to end up with a lot of dead plants.

Take, for example, the Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry. Hirt's says in the product information that it's self-fertile, not requiring another plant of a different cultivar to produce berries. This is technically true, and a healthy Top Hat will give you a few blueberries even if it's the only blueberry plant on the block. However, if you want enough blueberries to make it worth the effort, you need two plants of different types that flower at the same time.

Similarly, Hirt's only includes the most vague of vague plant care instructions. If you blithely follow them, waiting a few days to let the plant recover from its travel then plunking it into your garden, you're probably going to have a dead Top Hat plant sooner than you'd think. Blueberries require ridiculously acidic soil to thrive. Hirt's puts the burden of research squarely on your shoulders, without even pointing out which plants are finicky and merit some research before you attempt to grow them.
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57 of 59 people found the following review helpful By kone TOP 500 REVIEWER on June 19, 2011
Size Name: 4" Pot
Hirt's Top Hat Blueberry plant is a semi-dwarf variety, that will grow to about 24 inches wide and high. It will produce a lot of blueberries if the plant thrives and grows. However, this is no forgone conclusion, as blueberries are some of the toughest to grow of any fruiting plants. The main reason is that the plant absolutely requires a soil pH that is very acidic (about 4.5 - 5.5 pH). Of course, the potted soil that the plant arrives in will be acidic soil, but over time, that acidity needs to be maintained if the plant is to continue to grow. This can be done with a soil acidifer, such as soil sulphur. It is best to replant this plant in a large clay pot if you are going to have a patio blueberry plant. The larger the better, as the larger the pot, the more the roots can grow, and the more berries the bush will produce. To pot the plant, repot in 50% peat moss and 50% planting soil. The peat moss will acidify the soil. If you wish to confirm the pH, do so with a pH meter. Try to get it around a pH of 5. Keep the plant soil moist, but not soaking wet, as the roots will rot if they are continually too wet. Blueberries require a lot of sunshine to thrive, so place the pot in an area that recieves at least 8 hours of full sun a day.

Top Hat blueberries do well in zones 5-7, so the northern area of the US is not suitable for this particular variety. Don't expect berries the first season, or even too many the second season. It takes some time for the roots to establish and then thrive. With proper care, you will get handfulls of tasty blueberries.

This particular variety is a favorite of "bonsai" enthusists.

As with any mail order nursery, the condition the plant arrives in is highly variable.
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32 of 36 people found the following review helpful By Andrew M. Swiatek on June 22, 2010
Size Name: 4" Pot
if you want a hardy blueberry plant this one is not for you.this variety dies quickly if soil,water and sunlight are not right.you have to pamper this you for it to reach maturity.
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20 of 22 people found the following review helpful By SJS on September 28, 2011
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The Tophat blueberry bush arrived with a third of the foliage completely dead. Even by dwarf variety standards, it was laughably small for the money. In addition, I was treated very rudely by this vendor and won't ever buy from them again.
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19 of 21 people found the following review helpful By Sonny on July 11, 2012
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Delivery was quick but the plant was only 1 3/4 inches tall -- not the approximately eight inches advertised. Also, the majority of the tiny leaves had black edges and eventually they fell off. I called 9GreenBox and left a message. I also emailed several times but with no reply. Going through Amazon brought quick results and 9GreenBox offered me a refund or another plant. I asked for another one, emphasizing it be as advertised. I received the replacement today and unfortunately it is not in much better shape than the first one. It is just under five inches high, consists of two twigs, again with black edged leaves. I definitely would not recommend this company to anyone and would also recommend that Amazon remove them from their Marketplace.
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5 of 5 people found the following review helpful By Kaylee Danger on October 2, 2012
Size Name: 4" Pot
It's soooo small! It may make it, but I'm going to have to get to the store soon to get better soil for it! Leaves were dying or dead when I received it. It's a small and thin branch that has about seven leaves on it total.
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8 of 9 people found the following review helpful By mtnstu on January 2, 2012
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The year after I planted this Blueberry plant I had fruit growing. Very tasty and sweet. Each year they get more and more.
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