U.S. Patent PP20,027
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety
Sweetcrisp is a vigorous bush with berries that are unusually firm, crisp, and sweet. Mid-late season.
Cultivar name: Sweetcrisp
Recommended for Florida: no, too late for the Florida market window, requires more chilling than is available in Florida for maximum production.
FL region best adapted to: none
Production system: deciduous
Hydrogen cyanamide: performs well with or without hydrogen cyanamide
Machine Harvestability: Possible
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
o North-central FL (2018-2020): 4.9 – 6.9 lbs/plant, average 5.9 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date
Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 258 - 297 g/mm, average 276 g/mm, much higher than Emerald
o Berry Weight: 2.1 – 2.4 grams, average 2.2 grams, similar to Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 16.7 – 17.4 mm, average 17.2 mm, smaller than Emerald
o Brix: 12.9 – 14.5, average 13.8, much higher than Emerald
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 26.0 – 53.6, average 40.1, higher than Emerald
o Fruit scar: normal (small and dry), similar to Emerald
o Wax/bloom: high
o Fruit defects: none observed
o Flavor Score: 28.1 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.2)
o Aroma: none
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Emerald, Farthing, Jewel
Other information: Berries are medium to large, medium dark, with an excellent scar and remarkable firmness. Medium to low yields have limited commercial production.
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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)