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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Avanti is noted for its very low chill requirement, very early fruit maturation, and adaptation to production regions in central and south-central Florida. Plants produce sweet, firm, high-quality fruit with a small, dry picking scar.

Cultivar name: Avanti (selection code FL06-203)

Recommended for Florida: yes

FL region best adapted to: central and south-central Florida

Production system: evergreen

Hydrogen cyanamide: not recommended

Machine Harvestability: No data yet. Its firm berries should allow it.

Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):

o North-central FL (2018-2021): 2.5 – 12 lbs/plant, average 6.1 lbs/plant

o Central FL (2013-2014): 2.8 – 4.6 lbs/plant, average 3.7 lbs/plant

o South FL (2019-2021): 5.3 – 9 lbs/plant, average 7.1 lbs/plant 

Known disease susceptibility: algal stem blotch

Known insect damage susceptibility: susceptible to southern red mite damage

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 178 – 275 g/mm, average 224 g/mm, higher than Emerald, similar to Farthing

o Berry Weight: 1.6 – 2.6 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald

o Berry Diameter: 16.2 – 19.7 mm, average 17.2 mm, similar to Kestrel

o Brix: average 9.5 – 13.8, average 12.0, higher than Emerald, similar to Kestrel

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 15.8 – 89.1, average 45.9, higher than Emerald, similar to Optimus

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

o Wax/bloom: high

o Fruit defects: none observed

o Flavor Score: 22.3 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Arcadia, Endura, Optimus, Sentinel

Other information: Produces well under evergreen management system, fruit size can sometimes be smaller late in the season.

License availability: For a list of current nursery licensees in the USA, click here

License Availability

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

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