18 best blueberry varieties

Review of the best according to the editors. About the selection criteria. The the material is subjective, is not advertising and is not serves as a guide to the purchase. Before purchase is needed consultation with a specialist.

Who does not like to enjoy delicious ripe berries in the summer? Strawberries, strawberries, cherries, plums … blueberries! Yes, thanks to the efforts breeders can now be grown in almost any climatic conditions. All year round this berry is sold in shops, but the most wholesome and delicious – from your own garden.

6 reasons to grow blueberries yourself:

It’s no secret that any fresh berries are a storehouse vitamins. Blueberries are no exception in this regard. In addition, in unlike other plants, it has a positive effect on the whole body as a whole. Regular use of fresh fruits blueberries:

  1. improves eyesight;
  2. activates metabolism;
  3. excellent effect on immunity;
  4. reduces the amount of cholesterol in the blood;
  5. removes toxins and toxins;
  6. strengthens the walls of blood vessels, etc.

From the leaves of the plant, our experts recommend making healing decoction.

Why exactly blueberries?

  1. Its berries are more fragrant, denser, larger, juicier and sweeter than the fruits Blueberries
  2. High yield. With proper care of the plant, one bush can give up to 10 kg of berries;
  3. It has a positive effect on health;
  4. Universality. In addition to eating fresh blueberries, her can be used as a filling for baking, blanks on winter, etc.
  5. Unpretentiousness in leaving.
  6. Resistance to diseases and pests;
  7. Frost resistance. Most varieties calmly tolerate low temperature.
  8. Aesthetics. During flowering, the plant looks very attractive.

We present to your attention the rating of the best varieties of blueberries by opinion of experts and gardeners. For convenience, it is divided into categories in accordance with the ripening time.

Rating of the best varieties of blueberries

Nomination a place grade rating
Best Early Blueberry Varieties 1 Spartan 5.0
2 Bluegold 4.9
3 North Country 4.8
4 Patriot 4.7
5 Northland 4.6
6 River 4.5
The best varieties of mid-ripe blueberries 1 Toro 5.0
2 Blujej 4.9
3 Bonus 4.8
4 Denis Bleu 4.7
5 Pink lemonade 4.6
6 Darrow 4.5
The best late varieties of blueberries 1 Nelson 5.0
2 Elizabeth 4.9
3 Elliot 4.8
4 Berkeley 4.7
5 Brigitte Blue 4.6
6 Jersey 4.5

Best Early Blueberry Varieties

Spartan

Rating: 5.0

SPARTAN

One of the most famous varieties of blueberries. Ripens in July. The size of the berries sometimes reaches 2 cm in diameter, but most the crop grows at 1.5 cm. Flowering occurs rather late, which does not allow frost to damage the plant, which is why we included this variety in the rating of the best. Shoots “Spartan” gives a little, so it multiplies slowly. For a large farm hardly suitable. The berry bush grows 1.5-2 meters high. Our experts recommend planting it next to other varieties of blueberries for cross pollination.

Judging by the reviews, the fruits are soft, juicy, moderately tart, sweet, have an attractive aroma. The pulp is dense due to which the berries well tolerate the transportation process. Gardeners complain that ripened fruits quickly crumble. They note that sometimes it’s hard to catch this moment. But, if you have time, you can collect about 6 kg of crop from one bush.

Advantages

  • large crop;
  • resistant to disease;
  • late flowering;
  • can be transported.

disadvantages

  • multiplies slowly;
  • ripened fruits crumble.

Bluegold

Rating: 4.9

BLYUGOLD

Bluegold, a native of the United States, is classified as tall plants with decorative properties: during flowering, the bush turns into a huge pale pink bouquet. Plant requires careful regular care – it needs to be thinned out for getting a big crop. Experts and experienced gardeners unanimously claim that the variety is suitable for both manual and mechanized harvesting. Due to the versatility of harvesting he got into our rating of the best varieties of blueberries.

Blueberries grow very large – about 3 cm in diameter. It It has a dense texture, pleasant aroma and original taste with light sourness. The bush begins to bear fruit only in the third year, so you have to be patient. But then it will be possible collect up to 7 kg of berries from one bush. The plant is resistant to fungus and cold weather. Suitable for growing in “cold” regions.

Advantages

  • beautiful bush in the vegetative period;
  • mechanized picking of blueberries is possible;
  • large fruits.

disadvantages

  • requires a lot of attention;
  • harvest only for the 3rd year.

North Country

Rating: 4.8

NORT

Powerful undersized (from 50 to 90 cm), but compact bushes “North country “, not whimsical to the ground, resistant to frost and disease. That is why the variety was included by our experts in this rating. Bushes yield in mid-July. Berries, unlike the Bluegold, small, their diameter is unlikely to be 1.5 cm. They light blue. From one bush you can collect up to 2.5 kg the crop.

The fruits themselves are slightly flattened, so they can stored up to 7 days in a cool room without loss of merchandise qualities. The taste, judging by the reviews of gardeners, is pleasant, sweet. it a great variety for those who can not spend much time on plot. Frost resistance up to -35С allows growing blueberries not only in the south and in the middle zone of Russia.

Advantages

  • unpretentiousness;
  • frost resistance;
  • the possibility of long-term storage.

disadvantages

  • small crop;
  • ordinary taste.

Patriot

Rating: 4.7

PATRIOT

The variety was bred by American breeders over 40 years ago and during this time managed to win great popularity around the world. Our experts recommend growing Patriot in bright areas, protected from the wind, providing them with moist, dense soil. Bushes grow medium height and tolerate winter well. Specialists note that there is successful experience in breeding this variety both in Moscow and in Khabarovsk.

The palatability of blueberries is high. The pulp is dense, juicy, tasty, has a greenish tint. The fruits are very large, slightly flattened – up to 4 grams. They have one feature: in the period ripening berries change color from green to red and only then find their blue color with a slight waxy coating. Thanks to this features and unique taste “Patriot” entered our rating. With proper care from one bush, you can collect from 5 to 7 kg blueberries. Judging by customer reviews, the plant bears fruit stably.

Advantages

  • large fruits;
  • high winter hardiness;
  • excellent taste characteristics;
  • consistently large crop.

disadvantages

  • moody to the place of cultivation.

Northland

Rating: 4.6

NORTLAND

Michigan blueberry variety perfectly adapted to Russian climatic conditions, therefore widespread in country. Medium height bushes have high decorative qualities, they are often used to decorate the land. TO type of soil they are not capricious, but require annual pruning. If not cut them, they will grow, this will affect the volume of the crop.

The first berries can be picked up already 2 years after planting, therefore, Northland was included by our experts in this rating the best varieties of blueberries. An adult bush is able to give an average from 5 kg of blueberries. The fruits are small, but very sweet. Pulp framed by a thin skin. They are great not only for fresh use, but also for blanks for the winter and making confectionery, baking.

Advantages

  • weather resistance;
  • used as a decor of the site;
  • early maturity;
  • Suitable for cooking.

disadvantages

  • needs annual pruning;
  • small fruits.

River

Rating: 4.5

RIVER

A tall early blueberry variety is the best gift for yourself and your site. The height of an adult bush can reach 2.2 meters. “River”, according to our experts, is great for commercial cultivation with further sales, therefore it was decided to include it in the list of best varieties. The fruits ripen early and have the highest characteristics for transportation. First high-quality fruits appear 3-4 years after planting. The yield of one bush with proper care is 10 kg. Grade unpretentious, but needs constant pruning.

The berries cannot be called large, but they are modest in size. offset by the amount produced by one bush. Small bunches (8-10 pcs.) saturated blue with a classic an attractive aroma. Taste quality specialists rated “excellent”. The berries have a dessert aftertaste, like blueberries, which is infrequent. They are recommended to be used. fresh.

Advantages

  • high yield every year;
  • ripened fruits do not crumble;
  • long transportation is possible;
  • early maturity;
  • easy to care;
  • not capricious to climatic conditions;
  • the bush is growing rapidly.

disadvantages

  • regular pruning and load shaping;
  • medium-sized fruits.

The best varieties of mid-ripe blueberries

Toro

Rating: 5.0

TORO

The variety produces large fruits without a scar at the calyx, weighing up to 4 grams. They grow in long, loose clusters. Ripe berries do not fall and do not dry out, thanks to this feature we introduced it to rating. In one season, gardeners collect about 9 kg from one bush. juicy, dense, fragrant berries. They recommend harvesting in two stages, this is due to the friendly ripening of blueberries: the first – manually, the second – it is possible both mechanically and manually. Bushes “Toro” need treatment from diseases and pests, so how not resistant to them. For breeding in the northern areas also not will do.

The tall Toro blueberry variety begins to bear fruit in the beginning august. It is great for growing amateur gardeners and professionals for commercial goals. Many world-famous experts attribute Toro to valuable dessert varieties, but this does not mean that berries can be consumed in fresh. They’re great for making jams, stewed fruit, juices, desserts and other dishes.

Advantages

  • large blueberries;
  • ripened berries do not fall and do not dry out;
  • friendly ripening;
  • productive grade.

disadvantages

  • unstable to pests, diseases, frosts;
  • only suitable for breeding in the southern regions and in the middle Russian strip.

Blujej

Rating: 4.9

BLUJAY

This North American variety is good in that the fruits ripen. almost simultaneously and for a long time do not crumble. So, in the first collection you can remove up to 70% of the crop. Bushes grow fast, but they start to produce crops only in the third year. Maximum height of an adult plant reaches 1.8 m. The bush tolerates winter normally, -25С will survive without problems in an unheated greenhouse. Our shortcomings experts note the pickiness of the plant to the soil and the need regular top dressing.

Berries grow in bulk, slightly loose clusters and are easily separated from the stalk allowing mechanical harvesting. Fruit blueberries grow large, with dense light flesh. Flavoring quality, judging by the reviews of gardeners, excellent. You can taste catch the original wine notes, so the “Blues” was in ranking of the best varieties.

Advantages

  • simultaneous ripening;
  • frost resistance;
  • large berries up to 4 grams;
  • original taste.

disadvantages

  • exacting to the soil;
  • Needs constant feeding and watering.

Bonus

Rating: 4.8

BONUS

If you are in search of the largest blueberry, then this is it – “Bonus”. Due to the incredible size of the berries, we included the variety in the rating the best. Its fruits the size of a ruble coin can be recognized from thousands in any market. The variety was bred by American specialists less 50 years ago and quickly gained worldwide fame. Blueberries possess all the necessary characteristics for transportation to large distance.

The variety tolerates bad and frosty weather, resistant to fungal diseases and pests. Needs moist soil. The height of the “bonus” bush is 1.6 meters, from which you can get to 8 kg of large and juicy berries in early August. Fruits ripen in tight clusters and suitable for all types of gathering. Not to say that Blueberries have an original and unique taste. Many her described as juicy and sweet. To summarize, this is a good option for commercial purposes.

Advantages

  • the largest berries;
  • best option for sales;
  • perfectly tolerates a long road;
  • resistant to cold and disease;
  • sweet, juicy berries.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Denis Bleu

Rating: 4.7

DENIS

Unlike all of the above varieties, Denis Blue was Bred by specialists from Australia. But despite this, he’s good grows not only in the south, but also in the north. Blueberries are resistant to fungus and other diseases, is able to survive the frost to – 34C. Bushes medium-sized, begin to produce crops for 2-3 years after planting. IN the period of the formation of berries and flowering plant serves as decoration plot. Some landscape designers choose this variety for its aesthetics.

Friendly ripening is characteristic of blueberries of the Denis Blue variety. which facilitates the harvesting process. From one developed bush you can get from 5 to 8.5 kg. Berries in diameter reach almost 2 cm. Harvested fruits can be stored safely in a cool place. almost two weeks. Our experts have selected “Denis Blue” in the rating the best because of high keeping quality. Most often this variety can be found in Europe, but recently it is gaining popularity among Russian gardeners.

Advantages

  • not capricious in leaving;
  • the fruits are stored for a long time;
  • site decoration.

disadvantages

  • hard to get in Russia.

Pink lemonade

Rating: 4.6

PINK

Perhaps, “Pink lemonade” is the most unusual variety. It was open most recently, in 2009. Gained its popularity thanks to bright color. Unlike all other varieties of the “classic” blueberries, its berries are pink-red in color. The taste of fruit, too slightly different, with pronounced sourness. Tall bush itself and reaches 2.5 m in height. Amateur gardeners say what is the plant can serve as a pollinator for other varieties of blueberries. it will improve the quality of the berries and increase their number.

Our experts still have little confidence in the new variety, therefore it is recommended to be planted for decorative purposes. In addition, a large harvest of blueberries will not give: a maximum of 4 kg per plant. Spring in the period flowering plant attracts attention with delicate pink and white flowers, in summer – bright berries. In the fall, leaflets gain first a yellow tint, gradually turning into a pale orange. Due to its unusual decorative properties, we have included Pink lemonade “in the rating of the best varieties of blueberries.

Advantages

  • can be used as a decor;
  • unusual color and taste;
  • pollinates other varieties of blueberries;

disadvantages

  • few berries.

Darrow

Rating: 4.5

DARROW

“Darrow” will be able to please gardeners with their berries on the third year after planting. Bushes of medium height with age will become more sprawling, and while young, will occupy a little space on plot. The variety was included by our experts in the rating of the best varieties. blueberries due to high productivity. Resistance to frost and disease is also quite high. Only requirement for receiving a large number of berries – a bright place and the presence pollinator bush of another variety of blueberry.

Subject to the rules of care, the fruits will grow large: up to 2 cm in diameter. From one bush it will be possible to collect from 5 to 8 kg of blueberries. The berries are dense, juicy, sweet and fragrant, a waxy coating is expressed weakly. It is most often used for fresh consumption and in as a decor of confectionery.

Advantages

  • productive variety;
  • unpretentious;
  • frost resistant;
  • tasty large berries.

disadvantages

  • need a pollinator bush.

The best late varieties of blueberries

Nelson

Rating: 5.0

NELSON

Late berry among gardeners is valued as much as early berry. TO choosing a late variety should be approached responsibly to enjoy the last taste of summer. One of these varieties of blueberries is “Nelson”. Our experts included her in this rating for her ability to adapt quickly to climatic conditions and high frost resistance. Variety, originally from northern Canada, excellent take root in the northern regions of Russia.

Blueberry bushes are medium-sized, compact. The berries begin ripen in the second half of August. Per season when choosing the correct trajectory of care can be collected from 6 to 8 kg of blueberries with one bush. The fruits are large, about 2 cm in diameter, have light blue color with a slight touch. Taste will have not everyone likes it because there are light notes of wine.

Advantages

  • frost resistance;
  • ability to adapt to the climate;
  • large berries;
  • original taste.

disadvantages

  • not found.

Elizabeth

Rating: 4.9

ELIZABETH

A variety named after the “progenitor” of garden blueberries, perhaps the most popular according to many gardeners and experts. “Elizabeth” appreciated for a persistent alluring aroma and excellent taste, which is why we decided to include it in the rating of the best varieties blueberries. The berries are firm, juicy, large and sweet. They ripen not at the same time, so there is a chance to stretch the pleasure right up to end of summer days. When collecting it is worth being careful not to pick an unripe berry, although they grow in loose clusters.

The bush grows straight, but sprawling, quite tall. Harvest unlike other varieties of blueberries, small: 4-6 kg per plant. The berries are large, saturated blue, easy to transport. “Elizabeth” propagates by lignified cuttings very quickly, it takes root practically everywhere except sand. Ideal if the soil will contain peat. Resistance to frost is high.

Advantages

  • multiplies rapidly;
  • does not ripen at the same time;
  • large fruits;
  • easy to assemble;
  • excellent taste.

disadvantages

  • exacting to soil;
  • average yield.

Elliot

Rating: 4.8

ELLIOT

Blueberries “Elliot” despite the fact that it was bred a long time ago, gained fame only in the late 70s. The variety is not picky about watering and soil, care-free, but very moody to climatic conditions. The climate should be dry, warm, plant It is unlikely to survive severe frosts. Our experts have selected its to the list of the best varieties due to the ideal characteristics for breeding in the southern regions.

The berries are hardly large: the maximum diameter is hardly reaches 1.5 cm. Ripened fruits fall off, but do not crack. Taste This variety also depends on weather conditions. With big bitterness appears in the amount of rain. Above average yields indicators – up to 8 kg. Gardeners appreciate this blueberry for its anthocyanin, contained in it in large quantities. It reduces inflammatory processes in the digestive tract and normalizes the natural defenses bowel function.

Advantages

  • suitable for the south;
  • anthocyanin in large quantities.

disadvantages

  • demanding on climate;
  • shedding berries.

Berkeley

Rating: 4.7

BERKLEY

A good, but not the most productive variety. It can be used both for personal and commercial purposes, but with a short transportation. Our experts included Berkeley blueberries in rating of the best due to its unpretentiousness and frost resistance. Berries ripen in the second half of August. Big and main minus of this variety is irregular fruit formation.

Bushes are tall, can reach 2.2 m. Medium blueberries sizes tasting without frills. Overripe berries do not crack but fall off. Judging by the reviews of gardeners, this a great option for those who rarely appear in the garden and limited in plant care time.

Advantages

  • frost resistance;
  • easy to care;
  • the fruits do not crack.

disadvantages

  • only short transportation;
  • irregular fruiting.

Brigitte Blue

Rating: 4.6

BRIGITTA

The late Brigitte Blue variety is not yet widely known in Russia, but gradually gaining popularity. Tall bushes don’t only bring large, juicy and aromatic fruits, but also serve site decoration during the growing season. First big crop blueberries, unlike other varieties, can only be harvested on 4th year after landing. As for the planting site, our experts recommend choosing sunny areas with moist ground.

The berries ripen evenly and have the highest characteristics: perfectly tolerate the transportation process, overripe berries do not crack and do not crumble, so we brought sort in a rating of the best. All fruits grow almost one size (up to 1.5 cm in diameter), have a beautiful blue tint. The pulp is dense, the taste is sweet with hints of sourness. Great option for the middle lane and southern regions.

Advantages

  • transportability;
  • uniform ripening;
  • berries do not crack, do not crumble.

disadvantages

  • wait a long time for the harvest.

Jersey

Rating: 4.5

JERSEY

One of the oldest and most proven varieties of blueberries. Specialists attribute it to pollinating plants. This means that it can be plant with a bush of a different variety, while the “Jersey” is itself pollinated. Simply put, planting this variety, you can kill two rabbits: pollinate earlier varieties and then harvest from this bush in mid-August.

The plant does not require special care and is unpretentious to the type soil, will take root well in any region. Variety capable bear fruit even in unfavorable years for gardeners. Thanks these features he was selected for the ranking of the best varieties. Frost and disease resistance are above average. Berries medium size, rounded, resilient, light blue in color mouth-watering aroma and excellent taste. Suitable for both fresh consumption, and for billets, baked goods, drinks. Perfectly adapted to freezing. For the season you can collect from the bush from 4 to 6 kg of blueberries.

Advantages

  • pollinator variety;
  • unpretentious;
  • regular harvest;
  • suitable for freezing and cooking;
  • resistance to frost and disease.

disadvantages

  • not found.


Attention! This rating is subjective, is not advertising and does not serve as a guide to the purchase. Before the purchase consultation with a specialist is necessary.

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