U.S. Patent PP21,376
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

 Chickadee™ ‘FL04-235’ is a vigorous plant which has a good survival rate.  It has a desirable upright growth habit, with a narrow base that makes it nearly monopodial.  It also possesses stout twigs and stems with a loose berry clustering pattern.  Production is advised south of Gainesville due to the plant’s tendency to uproot when bearing heavy ice loads.  This plant flowers very early and has very high pollen abundance.  Trials in Windsor, FL concluded a mean date in which half (50%) of the flowers opened to be January 28 (late January).

 

Chickadee™ ‘FL04-235’ produces very high-quality berries with a flavor that is sweet with a low acidity.  The berries are large and firm, and almost crisp.  Mean berry weights for trials in Windsor, FL were 2.36g (STDEV 0.21).  Berries ripen extremely early; half (50%) of the berries were ripe by April 15 (mid-April) in trials in Windsor, FL.  Berries maintain its high-quality for a very long time on the bush.  These berries detach with medium to medium-hard force.

 

  • Very early fruit season production

  • Upright growth habit

  • Very firm berries higher than Farthing, but lower than the crisp cultivars

  • Good evergreen potential

  • Susceptible to blueberry necrotic ring blotch virus

  • Darker fruit color

  • May not respond well to pruning when mature

 

Fruit quality under optimal picking conditions (average of several years):

  • Fruit Weight/Size (2.4 grams/20.2 mm) similar to ‘Emerald’

  • Higher Fruit Brix levels (11.6) than ‘Emerald’

  • High Fruit Firmness (237.6 g/mm) similar to ‘Meadowlark’

Performance 2018-2019 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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