U.S. Patent PP21,377
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

Description

Bobolink is a vigorous plant with an upright growth habit and good early leafing.

 

Cultivar name: Bobolink (selection code FL03-291)​

Recommended for Florida: no, too late for the Florida market window.

FL region best adapted to: none

Production system​: deciduous

Hydrogen cyanamide:​ recommended; low dose

Machine Harvestability: not recommended

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

  • North-central FL (2019): 8.3 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date

​Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

​Fruit quality data:

          o Fruit firmness: 165 – 240 g/mm, average 202 g/mm, a little higher than Emerald

          o Berry Weight: 2.4 – 3.1 grams, average 2.7 grams, higher than Emerald

          o Berry Diameter: 18.4 – 19.1 mm, average 18.7 mm, similar to Emerald

          o Brix: 12.1 – 14.0, average 13.0, higher than Emerald

          o Brix/Acid Ratio: 44.8 – 88.4, average 69.2, much high than Emerald

          o Fruit scar: 

          o Wax/bloom: medium-high, better than Emerald

          o Fruit defects: none observed to date 

          o Flavor Score: 25.0 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0).

          o Aroma: none

Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering:​ Emerald, Farthing, Magnus, Patrecia

Other information: Large, high quality berries form in loose clusters, with low detachment force. Excellent survivability. Can be prone to floral bud failure (good bloom followed by fruit abortion for unknown reasons).

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

Performance 2019 Season

Fruit Quality and Yield

The following plots show the most important fruit quality traits and yield, across the season.

The vertical lines in the yield plots indicate when 10%, 50% and 90% of the harvest was achieved during the season.

 

Dotted lines indicate the desired values for new cultivars:

 

  • Berry weight greater than 2g

  • Fruit Diameter greater than 14mm

  • Firmness higher than 150g/mm

  • Brix higher than 10%

  • TTA less than 1%

  • Brix/TTA higher than 14 units

 

Warning: Yield plot coming from harvesting of two bushes. Values may seem overestimated as all the fruit from the bush is harvested, and because this is harvest yield and no packed yield. Use this data to compare among cultivars and no to predict potential yield on your farm.

 

Measurements are in grams (g). To convert from grams to pounds (lb) use the following formula:

lb of fruit per bush = (g of fruit) x (0.002204)

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License Availability

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

 http://www.ffsp.net/​​