U.S. Patent PP19,341
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

 'Farthing’ is vigorous and survives well in commercial fields.  It is a vigorous but not a tall-growing plant.  It has the somewhat squat bush structure of ‘Windsor’, but with more branchiness.  The leaves are unusually dark-green in color.  The plant makes numerous flower buds and flowers very heavily.  Flowering is not as late as for ‘Star’ and ‘Windsor’ but later than for ‘Emerald’, ‘Jewel’, and ‘Millennia’. The berries begin to ripen at about the same time as ‘Star’, ‘Windsor’, and ‘Emerald’.  Because of the high crop load typical of ‘Farthing’, the harvest continues for 6 weeks, similar to ‘Emerald’.  Plant survival in the field has been good.  The plants can be propagated readily by softwood cuttings.  ‘Farthing’ is partially self-incompatible and requires cross pollination for full fruit set.

 

The berries of ‘Farthing’ are potentially very large on plants that have a light crop, but the typical heavy crop reduces berry size somewhat.  The berries are high in most quality components.  The color of the berries tends to be dark.  Berry firmness is exceptionally good, and the texture is somewhat but not fully crisp.  Berry scar and flavor are good.  The berries have been harvested, packed, and shipped commercially with no reported problems.

 

  • Very high yield potential

  • Long harvest season

  • Vigorous, compact growth habit, good field survival

  • Very firm berries

  • Mechanical harvesting possible

  • Some evergreen production potential

  • Respond well to hydrogen cyanamide for leafing

  • Color problems when used in tunnel production

  • Late production without hydrogen cyanamide

 

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

  • Large Fruit Weight/Size (2.5 grams/22 mm) similar than ‘Emerald’

  • Similar Fruit Brix levels (10.9) than ‘Emerald’

  • Higher Fruit Firmness (229.2 g/mm) than ‘Emerald’

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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