Sky Blue® is a new rabbit-eye cultivar developed by Plant & Food Research (New Zealand). It is a semi-upright plant, of medium to strong vigour. Fruits are firm and aromatic with a good balance of sugar and acidity. Fruit size is large, averaging 2.3 g per berry. The berries have a nice bloom and shelf life is excellent. Yields have been rated high in the Waikato and Hawke’s Bay regions in New Zealand (test plots). Sky Blue® ripens together with the latest ripening V. corymbosum variety available, but shows overall superior characteristics. Sky Blue® requires a cross pollinator and is not suitable in regions with harsh winters.
Titan has excellent vigor and upright habit with narrow crowns. Berries are very large (3g/berry) and very firm with good berry color and flavor but due to the fruit size, fruit cluster can be somewhat tight. Chill requirement is estimated at: 500-550 hours below 45o F (7o C). No particular disease sensibility has been reported but fruit split at maturity in humid environment. In such situation, we strongly recommend a rain cover.
Overtime have been selected in the Pacific Northwest for its improved berry quality and as a pollinator to other Rabbiteye varieties. Its berries are light sky blue, very round and have excellent flavor. The texture of the fruit is less gritty compared to Powderblue. We suggest the Overtime blueberry for commercial plantings where a very late season, high quality fresh market berry is desired. Overtime blueberries are much more resistant to bacterial canker than Powderblue.
Velluto Blue is Vigorous with upright habit. It is a High yielding Rabbiteye with a late harvest season from New Zealand Breeding program.
Chilling requirement is estimated at 400-600 hours.
Fruits are large and attractive with a balanced sweet/acid flavour and strong bloom.
Centra Blue® is a new rabbit-eye cultivar developed by Plant & Food Research (New Zealand) from the Centurion and Rahi varieties.
It is a semi-upright plant, of medium vigour compared with its parents Rahi and Centurion which are very vigorous varieties. The flowering time is generally late. Centra Blue® also crops very late, up to a month later than the Powderblue variety, depending on the geographical location.
Fruit are generally well presented for ease of picking. Berries are large in size and very round. Some fruit can be slightly oblong in shape (but this is difficult to visibly spot without measurement). Fruit are light blue with good flavour and very little grittiness. Initial tests performed in New Zealand have shown it to be a very productive variety. Centrablue® requires a cross pollinator and is not suitable in regions with harsh winters.