U.S. Patent PP26,313
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

           Arcadia™ is a new mid-season variety best adapted to production regions similar to central and south-central Florida. Plants produce high berry yields when grown in an evergreen management system, and the peak of production (in central and south-central Florida) aligns well with the high-value market window. Plants survive well in the field and have a high tolerance to leaf diseases. Lower yields in northern production regions, combined with a spreading growth habit and less-than-optimal fruit firmness, will make machine harvesting this variety very difficult.

  • Cultivar name: Arcadia (selection code FL 07-399)

  • Region best adapted to: central and south central Florida

  • Production system:

  • Hydrogen cyanamide:

  • Machine Harvestability: 

  • Per plant yields:

  • Known disease susceptibility: 

  • Known pest damage susceptibility: 

  • Fruit quality data:

    • Fruit firmness: average 178.5 g/mm, similar to 'Jewel'

    • Berry Weight: average 2.7 grams, similar to 'Jewel'

    • Berry Diameter: average 19.6 mm, similar to 'Jewel'

    • Brix:  average 10.9, similar to Farthing

    • Brix/Acid Ratio: 

    • Fruit scar: 

    • Wax/bloom: 

    • Fruit defects: 

    • Flavor:

    • Aroma: 

  • Cultivars similar flowering time:

  • Other information:

         o  Very high yield when grown in an evergreen management system.

         o  Peak production in central and south-central Florida (February-April)

         o  Large fruit size (similar to Emerald)

         o Excellent leaf disease tolerance and evergreen capacity.

         o Yield could be low in northern areas of Florida.

         o Very long harvest season when grown as an evergreen plant.

         o Fruit firmness just above program minimum (but no apparent packing/postharvest problems).

         Ralstonia has been an issue for some producers​

Performance 2018-2019 Season

Fruit Quality and Yield

The following plots show the most important fruit quality traits and yield, across the season.

The vertical lines in the yield plots indicate when 10%, 50% and 90% of the harvest was achieved during the season.

 

Dotted lines indicate the desired values for new cultivars:

 

  • Berry weight greater than 2g

  • Fruit Diameter greater than 14mm

  • Firmness higher than 150g/mm

  • Brix higher than 10%

  • TTA less than 1%

  • Brix/TTA higher than 14 units

 

Warning: Yield plot coming from harvesting of two bushes. Values may seem overestimated as all the fruit from the bush is harvested, and because this is harvest yield and no packed yield. Use this data to compare among cultivars and no to predict potential yield on your farm.

 

Measurements are in grams (g). To convert from grams to pounds (lb) use the following formula:

lb of fruit per bush = (g of fruit) x (0.002204)

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Arcadia Gallery
 
License Availability

For licensing availability contact Florida Foundation Seed Producers (FFSP):

 http://www.ffsp.net/​​

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