U.S. Patent PP26,312
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

Description: Avanti™ ‘FL06-203’ is a new variety which is noted for its very low chill requirement, very early fruit maturation (as early as late-January in south-central Florida), and adaptation to production regions in central and south-central Florida. Plants are particularly well suited to an evergreen system in the southernmost production regions in Florida, with yields far exceeding the current evergreen varietal alternatives. Plants produce firm, high-quality fruit with a small, dry picking scar. Fruit of ‘FL06-203’ is only medium-sized and may become smaller as the season progresses.


  • Early production (late January/February in south central FL)

  • Produces well under evergreen management systems

  • Can be grown using hydrogen cyanamide with some yield loss

  • Fruit size can be smaller later in the season

  • Susceptible to Botrytis fruit rot that can cause fruit deformation.

  • Susceptible to gall midge damage on flowers.

  • Requires earlier freeze protection when grown in northern FL


Fruit quality under optimal picking conditions (average of several years):

  • Fruit Weight/Size (2.2 grams/21.9 mm) similar to ‘Jewel’

  • High Fruit Brix levels (12.4)

  • High Fruit Firmness (214.2 g/mm) similar than ‘Star’


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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