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

General Description

Flicker is a vigorous plant with good potential for evergreen production. However, it has significant susceptibility to a fungicide-resistant anthracnose strain present in Florida, so is no longer recommended for planting in Florida.

 

Cultivar name: Flicker (selection code FL96-43)​

Recommended for Florida: no, susceptibility to a fungicide-resistant anthracnose strain present in Florida.

FL region best adapted to: none

Production system: deciduous or evergreen

Hydrogen cyanamide:​ performs well with or without hydrogen cyanamide; low dose if used

Machine Harvestability: no data yet

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

          o North-central FL (2018-2020): 6.2 – 8.1 lbs/plant, average 7.1 lbs/plant

          o Central FL (2013-2015): 2.2 – 5.6 lbs/plant, average 4.3 lbs/plant

Known disease susceptibility: anthracnose

​Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date

Fruit quality data:

          o Fruit firmness: 189 – 218 g/mm, average 203 g/mm, a little higher than Emerald

          o Berry Weight: 2.5 – 2.7 grams, average 2.6 grams, similar to Emerald

          o Berry Diameter: 18.0 – 19.7 mm, average 19.0 mm, a little higher than Emerald

          o Brix: 10.2 – 12.3, average 11.4, similar to Emerald

          o Brix/Acid Ratio: 17.0 – 43.1, average 33.4, a little higher than Emerald

          o Fruit scar: normal (small and dry), similar to Emerald

          o Wax/bloom: medium, similar to Emerald

          o Fruit defects: none observed 

          o Flavor Score: 11.0 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)

          o Aroma: none

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

Other information: Berries are large and attractive and tend to grow in very loose clusters. Sweet, mature berries retain quality for a long time while on the bush.

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

Performance 2018-2019 Season
Flicker_Citra FL_2019
Flicker_Citra FL_2018

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/​​