Florida Rose (selection code FL98-449) is a highly photogenic, rabbiteye variety with an upright growth habit. It has large fruit that is bright pink to red, with good firmness, scar, and flavor. Florida Rose ripens early with Climax and should be cross pollinated with other rabbiteyes. This cultivar is excellent for home gardens and pick-your-own operations, and would be a great novelty item in the home nursery trade or for catalog sales. Compared to other pink rabbiteye varieties, Florida Rose has a lower chilling requirement, making it ideal for areas in north and north-central Florida. Commercial varieties like Pink Lemonade do not receive enough chill hours in this region, making Florida Rose a great option for Florida growers. Florida Rose also exhibits larger berries and earlier harvest period than Pink Lemonade.
Recommended for Florida: no; not for commercial production for the traditional market. Specialized market should be explored.
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