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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent

TBD

General Description

Sentinel is a vigorous early season, high-yielding cultivar, with no known disease issues.


Cultivar name: Sentinel (selection code FL11-155)

Region best adapted to: north-central and central Florida

Production system: performs well in deciduous system in both north-central and central FL; additional data to be gathered for evergreen system

Hydrogen cyanamide: not required

Machine Harvestability: no data yet; trials to be conducted in 2021

Per plant yields:

  • North-central FL (2018-2020): 8.8 – 21.0 lbs/plant, average 16.4 lbs/plant

  • Central FL (2018-2020): 5.6 – 10.9 lbs/plant, average 8.2 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date

Known insect damage susceptibility: moderate level of susceptibility to chilli thrips observed, similar to other cultivars

Fruit quality data:

  • Fruit firmness: 174 – 241 g/mm, average 208 g/mm, a little higher than Emerald

  • Berry Weight: 1.9 – 3.0 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald

  • Berry Diameter: 15.9 – 19.6 mm, average 17.2 mm, similar to Arcadia and Avanti

  • Brix: 9.3 – 12.7, average 11.1, similar to Emerald

  • Brix/Acid Ratio: 12.7 – 70.4, average 30.67, better than Emerald

  • Fruit scar: normal (small, dry), similar to Emerald

  • Wax/bloom: medium, similar to Emerald

  • Fruit defects: none

  • Flavor: high flavor score from taste panels (27.5). Higher than Emerald (19.9), very close to Kestrel (29.2).

  • Aroma: low

Cultivars similar flowering time:

  • North-central FL – Optimus, Patrecia, Vireo, Magnus

  • Central FL – Optimus, Arcadia, Avanti, Chickadee

Other information: High vigor, with large yield in the early part of the season. Good performance with no disease problems

License Availability

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

 http://www.ffsp.net/​​