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

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

U.S. Patent


General Description

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 (2018-2021): 0.7 – 6.2 lbs/plant, average 5.4 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.

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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