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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

Kestrel is early-ripening, with high evergreen potential and superior berry quality

Cultivar name: Kestrel (selection code FL02-40)

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; detachment force can be very low which may not be ideal for machine harvesting

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

o North Central FL (2015-2021): 3.0 – 7.3 lbs/plant, average 4.9 lbs/plant

o South Central FL (2019-2021): 4.7 – 7.4 lbs/plant, average 6.06 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date

Known insect damage susceptibility: has some susceptibility to southern red mite damage.

Fruit quality data:

o Fruit firmness: 175 – 234 g/mm, average 204 g/mm, similar to Emerald

o Berry Weight: 1.8 – 2.6 grams, average 2.1 grams, smaller than Emerald, similar to Chickadee

o Berry Diameter: 16.5 – 19.6 mm, average 17.5 mm, similar to Arcadia

o Brix: 10.3 – 15.2, average 12.2, higher than Emerald, similar to Optimus

o Brix/Acid Ratio: 13.1 – 41.4, average 24.8, similar to Emerald

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

o Wax/bloom: medium

o Fruit defects: none observed

o Flavor Score – 29.0; among highest scores from taste panels

o Aroma: yes, high

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering:

o North-central FL - Keecrisp, Patrecia, San Joaquin, Vireo

o Central and south-central FL – Arcadia, Chickadee

Other information: The berry quality of Kestrel is excellent, as the plant produces berries that are plump, firm, and aromatic, with medium loose berry clusters and very low berry detachment force.

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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