What Are the Characteristics of Chandler ?
- Chandler, which was bred in 1994 in New Jersey, USA, shows a strong upright development and branches well.
- Chandler, which is suitable for the climate conditions of the Marmara and Black Seas, gives large-sized products every year in areas where the winters are not too harsh and the cold is high.
- The berries of the Chandler are large, blue in color, firm and sweet.
- A high bush variety, Chandler mature towards the end of mid-season.
- Growing upright to 150-180 cm, Chandler blueberries are upright and only slightly spreading.
- The fruits, which retain their light blue color after harvest, are of very high quality and delicious.
- Plants give very successful results in terms of yield and perform much higher in temperate climates where minimum temperature fluctuations are less.
- Chandler blueberry, which is resistant to fungus and root blight, is also frequently preferred by the producers of our country.
What are the Soil and Climate Conditions of Chandler?
A high bush type variety, Chandler are recommended to be grown in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soils rich in organic matter, slightly moist in summer and preferably located adjacent to or near the forest. The shallow and fibrous roots of Chandler blueberries need constant moisture and good drainage. Although the blueberry variety is self-fertile, cross-pollination is recommended for tasty and large fruit. Therefore, it is quite effective to plant more than one variety that will bloom at the same time. In addition, the blueberry season can be extended by planting early, mid-season and late varieties that will mature from mid-June to late August. These harvest times vary depending on the climate and altitude.
How to Grow for Chandler?
Care of Chandler, whose fruits are large, blue in color, hard and sweet should be taken. It is grown in organically rich, slightly moist summers, preferably adjacent to or near a forest, in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Planting spacing of Chandler blueberries; It is recommended to be between 1.00 – 1.50 m above the row and 2.00 – 3.50 m between the rows according to the processing equipment. The ideal planting size is to plant 1 m x 2.5 m and grow 400 plants in 1 decare area. In order to obtain positive results from Chandler blueberry seedlings, which is a mid-season harvest variety; shallow, fibrous roots, constant moisture and good drainage are required. For the healthy development of plants and ease of cultivation, the best method is planting on a light ridge on mulch. Finally, In order to prevent fruit formation and encourage new vegetative growth, it is best to remove flowers from plants and avoid fruiting in the planting year and the following year. In the period after planting, pruning should be done towards the end of winter, as of the 2nd or 3rd year.