Blueberries for Michigan


“Hello, I live in MI (zone 5). I am going to put in about a dozen high bush blueberries. I would like an equal number of early, midseason, and late berries. I will use them for eating/freezing/preserves. I would like heavier bearers with good flavor. What varieties would you recommend for each? Thanks, M.”

___________________________________________________________________________

Thank you for your email regarding our blueberry varieties. The ones I recommend are:

Early:

–Dwarf Northblue: low to moderate yield with medium berries. They are dark blue in color with a medium sized blossom end scar, have medium firmness, and have a fair to acidy flavor.

Mid:

–Blueray: This one is going to have a moderate to high yield with large berries. They are medium blue in color with a medium sized blossom end scar, are firm, and have good flavor.

–Patriot: an early midseason variety with high yield. The berries are large, medium blue, have a small blossom end scar, are firm and have an excellent flavor. This is one of the varieties my parents have and I can vouch that the jams, muffins, and pies from it are de-lish!

Late:


–Rubel: The other variety approved by my family and it reminds me of the wild blueberries I used to pick in my Grandpa’s woods as a kid. Moderate to high yield, but the berries are small (although worth the effort). They are medium blue in color, have a medium sized blossom scar, are firm, and have that wild, good flavor.

Not Recommended:
–Chandler: If you have it protected, you could get away with having it. However, because it produces such large berries, it needs a little bit more pampering than most varieties with the cold. The fruits would be perfect for your uses, but it will require a protected area with southern exposure.
–Top Hat: For borders and containers. The blueberries are very tasty, but about the size of peas. If you want a berry to have for a few for your breakfast cereal, than it would be perfect.
–Northcountry: similar to Top Hat in yield. More for your gardener that wants edible landscaping.
–Dwarf Northsky: they have wonderful berries, but only about 2 lb. per plant when mature. If you want something up around your house for looks and a little more, then choose this one. Otherwise, there are better options.

 

*************************************************************************

© Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk!, 2010. Unauthorized use and/or duplication of this material without express and written permission from this blog’s author and/or owner is strictly prohibited. Excerpts and links may be used, provided that full and clear credit is given to Mertie Mae Botanics LLC and Horticulture Talk! with appropriate and specific direction to the original content.

Advertisements

2 thoughts on “Blueberries for Michigan

Leave a Reply

Fill in your details below or click an icon to log in:

WordPress.com Logo

You are commenting using your WordPress.com account. Log Out / Change )

Twitter picture

You are commenting using your Twitter account. Log Out / Change )

Facebook photo

You are commenting using your Facebook account. Log Out / Change )

Google+ photo

You are commenting using your Google+ account. Log Out / Change )

Connecting to %s