Dorset Blueberry Nursery Celebrates Bumper Crop
3:29pm 9th July 2014
A Dorset blueberry nursery is celebrating a bumper crop on the year they turn 50 years old.
The PYO Hampreston plantation near Wimborne is set for their biggest crop on record.
Owner Jeremy says it's all down to the frost free winter, plenty of sunshine and natural growing conditions.
“It’s been an incredible year for growing blueberries,” said Jeremy. “A virtually frost-free winter was followed by a mild spring and early flowering allowing the fruit to also set early. The recent warm weather then ripened the berries faster than usual resulting in a bumper crop of our delicious Earliblue and the sweet Collins varieties.”
Some of the original blueberry plants his father brought over from New Jersey in America, still stand at the Dorset nursery today.
“In America they ‘retire’ their blueberry bushes as unproductive after around 30 years, “ said Jeremy. “For us they just seem to keep on growing! As we were the first nursery to plant blueberries in the UK there is no UK comparison, but I firmly believe that the continuing success of our fruit is down to being totally naturally grown. We do not use any artificial fertilisers or pesticides and even our water comes from our own spring”.