Blueberry Varieties for Michigan

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Choose varieties adapted to Michigan conditions. Varieties have been bred for use from Florida through Michigan, so only consider regionally adapted types. When possible, determine what varieties have performed well for other growers in your area. If local information is limited, consider starting a small test planting of several varieties before you plant on a large scale. Also consider the intended use; some varieties are better suited to freezing/processing, fresh shipping, Pick-Your-Own or on-farm sales.

Consider several characteristics when you select varieties: 1) picking season, 2) yield, 3) fruit quality, 4) hardiness, 5) harvesting ease, 6) amount of pruning required, and 7) disease resistance.

Jim Hancock
Eric Hanson
Michigan State University Extension