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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Flicker is a vigorous plant with good potential for evergreen production. However, it has significant susceptibility to a fungicide-resistant anthracnose strain present in Florida, so is no longer recommended for planting in Florida.

Cultivar name: Flicker (selection code FL96-43)

Recommended for Florida: no, susceptibility to a fungicide-resistant anthracnose strain present in Florida.

FL region best adapted to: none

Production system: deciduous or evergreen

Hydrogen cyanamide: performs well with or without hydrogen cyanamide; low dose if used

Machine Harvestability: no data yet

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

o North-central FL (2018-2020): 6.2 – 8.1 lbs/plant, average 7.1 lbs/plant

o Central FL (2013-2015): 2.2 – 5.6 lbs/plant, average 4.3 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: anthracnose

Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 189 – 218 g/mm, average 203 g/mm, a little higher than Emerald

o Berry Weight: 2.5 – 2.7 grams, average 2.6 grams, similar to Emerald

o Berry Diameter: 18.0 – 19.7 mm, average 19.0 mm, a little higher than Emerald

o Brix: 10.2 – 12.3, average 11.4, similar to Emerald

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 17.0 – 43.1, average 33.4, a little higher than Emerald

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

o Wax/bloom: medium, similar to Emerald

o Fruit defects: none observed

o Flavor Score: 11.0 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Farthing, Magnus, Patrecia, Wayne

Other information: Berries are large and attractive and tend to grow in very loose clusters. Sweet, mature berries retain quality for a long time while on the bush.

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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