U.S. Patent PP26,312
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety
Snowchaser is a mid-to-high vigor cultivar that flowers very early and requires frost protection in Florida.
Cultivar name: Snowchaser
Recommended for Florida: no, too early for the Florida market window.
FL region best adapted to: none
Production system: deciduous
Hydrogen cyanamide: not recommended
Machine Harvestability: not recommended
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
o North-central FL (2018-2019): 5.0 – 6.2 lbs/plant, average 5.6 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: Botryosphaeria stem blight
Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 177 – 202 g/mm, average 197 g/mm, similar to Emerald
o Berry Weight: 1.6 – 1.9 grams, average 1.8 grams, lower than Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 14.2 – 16.2 mm, average 15.0 mm, smaller than Emerald
o Brix: 9.3 – 11.8, average 10.6, lower than Emerald
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 16.1 – 40.7, average 29.0, similar to Emerald
o Fruit scar: wet scar
o Wax/bloom: mid-low
o Fruit defects: some red-back fruit observed
o Flavor Score: 21.3 – reference Emerald (19.9)
o Aroma: high
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Farthing, Kestrel, Springhigh
Other information: early flowering and ripening, slow to attain fall dormancy.
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