Which blueberry varieties perform well in Iowa?
Highbush and half-high blueberries can be successfully grown in Iowa.
Highbush blueberries perform best in central and southern Iowa. Plants develop into 6 to 8 foot tall shrubs. Suggested varieties for gardeners in central and southern Iowa include ‘Patriot,’ ‘Blueray,’ ‘Bluecrop,’ ‘Rubel,’ ‘Jersey,’ and ‘Elliott.’
Half-high blueberries possess greater cold hardiness and are the best choice for gardeners in northern Iowa. Plants are relatively small (varieties commonly grow only 2 to 3 feet tall) and produce small to medium size berries. Suggested varieties are ‘Northblue,’ ‘Northcountry,’ ‘Northsky,’ and ‘St. Cloud.’
Plant 2 or 3 blueberry varieties to insure adequate pollination and fruit set.