U.S. Patent PP21,554
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

L Plants of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ is upright, highly vigorous, and have shown excellent potential for evergreen production.  With a chilling requirement of approximately 200 hours, Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ may be used for early-season deciduous production in Gainesville, FL, or for evergreen production in warmer climates such as Mexico.  Plants of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ are more vigorous and have a higher yield potential than ‘Star’ (U.S. PP10,675).  In experimental test plots in northeast Florida, Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ has produced 5-8 pounds of berries per bush on plants 3 years of age or older.  Plants of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ have shown medium to good survival in the field, but have had some problems leafing in some years.  Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ appears to have above-average resistance to root rot (Phytophthora cinnamomi) and average resistance to stem blight (Botryosphaeria spp.).  Plants of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ have shown no signs of cane canker (Botryosphaeria corticis) susceptibility in the field.  As a young plant, Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ may have a tendency to over-fruit.

 

Fruit of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ are large and attractive and tend to grow in very loose clusters.  Berries of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ are light-blue in color and have an average weight of 2.41g per berry compared to 2.0g per berry for that of ’Star’.  Flowers of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ are typically 50% open by February 4th in Windsor, FL.  Fruit of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ ripens early, and is typically 50% ripe by April 30 in Windsor, FL.  Fruit of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ require a medium amount of force to remove from the plant, and its sweet, mature berries retain quality for a long time while on the bush.  Fruit of Flicker™ ‘FL96-43’ have a small, dry picking scar, high firmness, and good flavor.

 

  • Two weeks earlier than Jewel

  • Similar yield potential than Jewel

  • Low doses of hydrogen cyanamide can be used (more research being conducted)

  • May suffer similar leaf diseases than Jewel (to be confirmed)

  • Berries tart until fully ripe

  • Still to be tested in Central FL

 

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

  • Slighter larger Fruit Weight/Size (2.3 grams/24.4 mm) than ‘Jewel’

  • High Fruit Brix levels (10.9) similar to ‘Jewel’

  • Higher Fruit Firmness (190.8 g/mm) than ‘Jewel’

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)

 
License Availability

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

 http://www.ffsp.net/​​

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