U.S. Patent PP26,312
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety
Patrecia is late blooming but early fruit set, with high yield potential. Produces large berries in the early-mid part of the season.
Cultivar name: Patrecia (“UF52-20”)
Recommended for Florida: yes
FL region best adapted to: north-central Florida
Production system: deciduous
Hydrogen cyanamide: recommended; required for leafing and early season production.
Machine Harvestability: no data yet; however, berries of Patrecia grow in tight clusters, which may make machine harvesting this variety difficult.
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
o North-central FL (2018-2021) 3.1 – 13.8 lbs/plant; average 8.2 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date
Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 212 – 265 g/mm, average 232 g/mm, higher than Emerald, similar to Optimus
o Berry Weight: 2.5 – 3.4 grams, average 3.0 grams, higher than Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 18.8 – 21.0 mm, average 19.9 mm, higher than Emerald
o Brix: 9.8 – 11.6, average 10.5, lower than Emerald, similar to Endura and Magnus
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 17.6 – 48.6, average 31.7, better than Emerald
o Fruit scar: large scar that can tear, requires careful hand harvesting
o Wax/bloom: high
o Fruit defects: large scar that can tear, requires careful hand harvesting
o Flavor Score 27.5 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.2)
o Aroma: none
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Farthing, Keecrisp, Magnus, Optimus, Vireo
Other information: Late blooming but early and high fruit set with uniform ripening; good for the Florida market window when using hydrogen cyanamide. High yield when receiving adequate chilling.
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