Vaccinium 'Flamingo'® 17cm
Vaccinium corymbosum Flamingo ('Hoogi045'PBR) EU 20171278 - Μύρτιλο
Διάμετρος γλάστρας:17εκ, Ύψος:75εκ.
Το Μύρτιλο είναι από τα πιο διαδεδομένα φυτά στον κόσμο, και ταυτόχρονα από τα πιο σημαντικά.
Η 'Flamingo'® είναι μια εξαιρετική ποικιλία με πολύ εύγευστους καρπούς και μοναδικό δίχρωμο ροζ-πράσινο φύλλωμα!
Προτιμά θέσεις με ήλιο και όξινο υπόστρωμα.
Οι καρποί του μύρτιλου έχουν τεράστια εμπορική αλλά και θρεπτική αξία και χρησιμεύουν για την παρασκευή σιροπιών, μαρμελάδων ή ακόμα καταναλώνονται ωμοί και αποξηραμένοι.
Τα μύρτιλα έχουν βρει ήδη την ξεχωριστή τους θέση στη διατροφή μας εξαιτίας των βιταμινών και των πολλών άλλων θρεπτικών στοιχείων που έχουν.
The blueberry 'Flamingo' is probably the most striking blueberry variety you can imagine!
Τhe young leaves (up to 5 of the top leaves of a shoot) shine in striking shades of pink, which sometimes change to a salmon pink. Older leaves then 'green', i.e. they are mostly green, but still have small pink or beige inclusions, which give the whole plant a restless, but also striking character.
Even if this blueberry variety 'Flamingo' did not bear any sweet berries, it would be suitable as an ornamental plant, the bright, almost artificial-looking pink makes many other ornamental shrubs with beautiful foliage look quite old.
But the blueberry 'Flamingo', in addition to the showy leaves in July, also produces a rich harvest of blue-black berries, which, like many blueberries, are covered with a whitish shimmer or hint (the fruit specialists speak of a 'scent' or of scented fruits).
The fruits are medium-sized, measuring approx. 1.4 cm wide and 1.2 cm high, so they are slightly flat in shape. The taste is extremely sweet, the acidity is more in the background.
The growth is bushier than most American cultivated blueberries, also more compact, the final size is 80-100cm high and 30-50cm wide. The leaves also appear slightly narrower than most Corymbosum blueberries.
Winter hardiness is good, comparable to cultivated blueberries.
Where does the 'Flamingo' blueberry come from?
When you hear the name 'Flamingo' you naturally think of an exotic origin, but in fact the variety was found by a Dutch nursery as a chance seedling. Because the seedling was located near blooming cultivated blueberries of the Bluecrop cultivar, 'Flamingo' is suspected to have Bluecrop as a parent.
The compact, bushy growth, the blue-black berries and the rather narrow leaves indicate an origin that could include Vaccinium angustifolium, a compact North American, hardy blueberry species from the Eastern States and Canada.
Like all other blueberries, 'Flamingo' needs acidic soil. Fertilization should be done carefully and sparingly with rhododendron fertilizer (also has an acidic effect).
The 'Flamingo' blueberry is self-fertile, but bears even more fruit when planted together with other blueberries.
Maturity: from July
Fruits: Blue-black, medium-sized berries about 1.4 cm wide and 1.2 cm high, slightly flat.
Taste: Extremely sweet with acidity in the background
Yield: high Growth
Health: Compact, bushy habit with oblong-oval pink leaves that 'turn green' as they get older. Can reach a height of 80-100 cm and a spread of 30-50 cm when fully grown.
Location: sunny to semi-shady.
Flowers: Flowers with white bells in April and May. bee friendly.