Potted Blueberry Bushes
Northern highbush type cultivar. The mature height of the plant is six feet. Growth is upright, spreading only slightly. This is an early ripening variety, ripening 3-4 days earlier, but flowering at the same time as Duke. Consistent yields average 10 to 12 pounds per year. Fruit size is medium to large similar to that of Duke. Averaging 1.9 grams per berry. The flavor of the fruit is mostly sweet, having a high amount of sugar brix. The fruit is very attractive and holds a light blue color after harvesting. Fruit quality is good and can be used for the fresh market or processing market. Fruits are consistent in being of good quality every year. Harvesting is done by hand for the early markets. The plant is adaptable to mechanical harvest as it is a good statured plant upright in growth. The plants show resistance to the fungi mummy berry and stem blight.
Draper blueberries remain a standout variety in mid and high chill regions throughout the Western US. Draper blueberries have a compact habit, ripen early to mid-season, are highly productive as a young plant, and have outstanding quality fruit. The Draper blueberry has exceptionally firm berries and concentrated ripening periods. The berries have excellent post-harvest color retention and superior shelf life. It is extremely fast to hand-pick and also has the potential to be harvested by machine.
Highbush type cultivar. The height of plants appears to be 4-5 feet tall at maturity and spreading more than upright. There are three distinct harvests with Aurora. The first and second harvests of ripe berries ripen with Elliott. The last berries can be harvested up to a week after the last harvest of Elliott still with fine quality. Plants of four years of age have yielded acceptable yields. By the appearance of these yields, we can state that the mature plants will produce a consistent high tonnage of quality fruits when the plants are mature. Fruit size is medium, approximately 75 berries per cup. Berry quality is firm with a tiny dry picking scar. The fruit is suitable for long-term storage in a controlled atmosphere. Fruits of the second and third harvest will be deep blue to black, without the light blue color. The flavor of the first ripe fruit is mostly acid with only a hint of sweetness. In the second and future harvests, the acidity decreases only slightly with a slight sweetness. The plants are hand-harvested to obtain the best quality for the fresh market. The berry cluster is loose and the stems of the fruit release easily, so mechanical harvesting could be accomplished. The plants appear to be slightly more spreading than upright so attention to pruning for mechanical harvest is recommended. Marketing of the fruits will be for fresh because of the fine quality of the fruits. The plants seem to adapt to most soil textures and conditions. These plants are of high vigor without the leaf and roof diseases. Aurora is an excellent alternative for late-ripening fruits.