Hirt's Top Hat Dwarf Blueberry Plant - Bonsai/Patio/Outdoors
- 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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<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.
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Top Customer Reviews
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.Read more ›
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.Read more ›
There are new small branches slowly growing from the crown, although they are (and the leaves in them) of a light green, quite different from the gorgeous dark green from old ones. I am worried about a possible iron chlorosis (light colored leaves with darker veins) because a previous blueberry I owned died when I planted in a very alkaline soil. I'm going to wait and see if the leaves become darker. Meanwhile I bought some soil sulfate, just in case.
Disclaimer: I live in the Texas - México border. USDA hardiness zone 8B. Probably out of the range from this kind of berries, lets see if the bush survives the scorching summer heat we get here.
Most Recent Customer Reviews
Wanted to grow one of these very badly. However it looks like it could die any time. I've done everything that I know to do, and it just doesn't grow. Read morePublished 15 days ago by Arlcay
it arrived in great shape but I made the mistake of not transplanting it right away, once it started loosing leaves I transplanted it in a mixture of dirt, sphagnum peat moss and... Read morePublished 20 days ago by Bryan A
it was much smaller than i though it would be . how before i see fruit?? gayle regnierPublished 2 months ago by gayle regnier
The dates below show picture progress.
3/3. A little skeptical. Gave it some Love and Care.
3/20 Tiny 'Blooms' started.
4/3 - Doing Great! Read more
I knew they were going to be this small... but they were dead before the season was even over... never had any berries on it at all, not that I expected them to be on there when... Read morePublished 4 months ago by PinkStamper
Looking good so far. Small plant but budding is present. Hoping it will continue to do well.
6/20--all plants died on the same day,