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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TXApril 11, 2012

I'm wondering if several of my unknown blueberries aren't Meadowlark. The most remarkable feature of this blueberry is the large fruit on remarkably open clusters. Picking them is like plucking small plums. Here is a description of Meadowlark.

Meadowlark� 'FL01-173' - (U.S. Patent PP21,553)

Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

Description: Meadowlark� �FL01-173� is one of the newest releases from the University of Florida's Institute of Food & Agricultural Sciences blueberry breeding program. Meadowlark� �FL01-173� may be used for early season production on deciduous plants from Orlando, FL to Gainesville, FL.

Plants of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� are very early-ripening and have an upright growth habit. The plant of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� is vase-shaped with stout, upright stems, and a smaller plant stature. Meadowlark� �FL01-173� has a superior ability to leaf strongly during flowering. Plants of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� have high yield potential and survive medium to well in field conditions, although plants may be susceptible to blueberry bud mites.

Fruit of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� ripens extremely early, about 10 days before that of 'Star'. Flowers of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� are 50% open by approximately February 3, and fruit of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� is 50% ripe by approximately April 24 in Windsor, FL. Berries of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� average 2.45g. Meadowlark� �FL01-173� has very open clusters of flowers and berries due to remarkably long pedicels and peduncles, which may be due to the presence of sparkleberry (Vaccinium arboreum) in its pedigree. Meadowlark� �FL01-173� produces very loose berry clusters with medium berry detachment force, and may have potential to be harvested mechanically. Berries of Meadowlark� �FL01-173� have a mild flavor with a good balance of sugar and acid, and mature berries maintain quality for a long time on the plant.

And a picture of my fruit which I like about as well as anything but Sweetcrisp:

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fruitnut Z7 4500ft SW TX

I checked with Connie Horner about trying a Meadowlark since it is listed on her website. She said FL has a minimum order of 100 plants on that variety. Yikes, what's that about?

Patty, have you tasted your unknown that looked like mine?

    Bookmark   April 11, 2012 at 9:41PM
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bamboo_rabbit(9A Inverness FL)

I wonder why the minimum on just that one variety?

    Bookmark   April 12, 2012 at 8:33AM
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