U.S. Patent (USPPAF)
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety
Wayne is an early season production blueberry cultivar with high yield potential.
Cultivar name: Wayne (selection code FL 06-354)
Recommended for Florida: no, requires more chilling than is available in Florida for maximum production.
FL region best adapted to: none
Production system: deciduous system
Hydrogen cyanamide: recommended; low doses can be used (additional research being conducted)
Machine Harvestability: not recommended; may not perform well using current technology
Per plant yields (Density 1,452-1,742 plants/acre):
o North-central FL (2018-2019): 3.5 – 10.9 lbs/plant, average 6.7 lbs/plant
Known disease susceptibility: none observed to date
Known insect damage susceptibility: none observed to date
Fruit quality data:
o Fruit firmness: 177 – 221 g/mm, average 195 g/mm, similar to Emerald
o Berry Weight: 2.2 – 2.6 grams, average 2.4 grams, similar to Emerald
o Berry Diameter: 16.8 – 18.4 mm, average 17.5 mm, smaller than Emerald
o Brix: 9.7 – 12.4, average 10.9, lower than Emerald
o Brix/Acid Ratio: 25.1 – 80.5, average 55.0, much 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 27.6 – reference Emerald (19.9), Kestrel (29.0)
o Aroma: none
Cultivars with overlapping timing of flowering: Endura, Farthing, Kestrel, Magnus, Patrecia, Vireo
Other information: Similar yield potential as Jewel, but matures two weeks earlier. Berries tart until fully ripe.
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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)