Patrecia

U.S. Patent PP27,740
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

General Description

Patrecia’ is an early maturing variety which may be a valuable alternative to many growers in Florida and south Georgia. Plants of ‘Patrecia’ produce firm, large, oblate berries that mature just after the fruit of ‘Springhigh’ (U.S. Patent PP16,404). Berries of ‘Patrecia’ grow in tight clusters, which will likely make machine harvesting this variety very difficult. Some key features:

 

  • Late blooming but early and high fruit set. Good for FL window

  • May not need freeze protection in January

  • Upright architecture

  • High yield when receiving adequate chilling

  • Very uniform ripening

  • Higher chill requirement limits production in Central Florida (to be tested)

  • Needs hydrogen cyanamide for leafing

  • Tight cluster, scar large that can tear, need careful hand harvesting.

 

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

  • Larger Fruit Weight/Size (2.5 grams/19.9 mm) similar to ‘Emerald’

  • High Fruit Brix levels (11) similar to ‘Jewel’

  • Good Fruit Firmness (219.7 g/mm) similar to ‘Star’

  • *More data is being collected

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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