The following selections are proving themselves to be good performers in multiple west coast growing regions. Selections include new varieties that offer high quality fruit capable of machine harvest for fresh market.
West Coast Growers
West Coast Varieties
Chickadee™ has a desirable upright growth habit. Production is advised south of Gainesville, FL due to the plant's tendency to uproot when bearing heavy ice loads. Flowers very early. The berries are large and firm, almost crisp. Berries ripen extremely early; half of the berries were ripe by April 15 in trials in Windsor, FL. Berries maintain their high-quality for a very long time on the bush. These berries detach with medium to medium-hard force. Chill hour requirement of approximately 100 hours.
🌿 Evergreen ❄ Low Chill
Endura has an upright growth habit and is a mid-to-late maturing variety. Production regions similar to central Florida. Plants perform well under both evergreen and hydrogen cyanamide management systems. Chill hours requirement of 150 hours.
Indigocrisp™ produces berries with very firm, crisp-textured skin, and a very high sugar-to-acid ratio. When compared to other crisp-textured cultivars, Indigocrisp™ matured earlier and had higher yields. Indigocrisp™ fruit may be mechanically harvested with less damage than traditional berries and had the highest pack out percentages (94%) after machine harvest in field tests. Indigocrisp™ has a chilling requirement of approximately 300 hours.
Keecrisp is a low chill (300+ chill hours 0 - 7 °C). Mid to late-maturing genotype best adapted to production regions in north central Florida and South Georgia. The key attributes for Keecrisp are crisp fruit texture, upright architecture, and high yield. The fruit quality is excellent - crisp, low acid, spherical fruit that stabile sensory characteristics over postharvest life. Suitable for machine harvest and fresh marketing.
🚜Machine Harvest ❄ Low Chill
Kestrel™ is noted for its early-ripening, high evergreen potential, and superior berry quality. Fruit ripens very early, and berries remain sweet even as hues of blues emerge. The berry quality is excellent, as the plant produces berries that are plump, firm, and aromatic. They produce medium loose berry clusters with very low berry detachment force.
🌿 Evergreen ❄ Low Chill
Meadowlark™ are very early ripening and have an upright growth habit. They are vase-shaped with stout, upright stems, and a smaller plant structure. Meadowlark™ has a superior ability to leaf strongly during flowering. Plants have high yield potential and survive medium to well in field conditions, although plants may be susceptible to blueberry mites. Fruit ripens extremely early, about 10 days before that or 'Star'; have very open clusters of flowers and berries and produce very loose berry clusters with medium berry detachment force, and may have potential to be harvested mechanically. Berries have a mild flavor with a good balance of sugar and acid, and mature berries maintain quality for a long time on the plant.
Patrecia was never trialed by UF, and we do not have the typical data to support the release as with cultivars from the UF breeding program. Patrecia fits a definite need for North Central Florida growers, as it is early maturing (10 days before 'Star', similar to 'Springhigh') but has better fruit quality (large, firm, dry stem scar). Fruit quality, tight clusters, firm, large, oblate fruit, good presentation on the bush - pickers love to harvest this cultivar. The scar is not the smallest but does not tear like 'Springhigh'.