Three new blueberry varieties bred by University of Florida Horticulture scientist Jim Olmstead could allow Florida’s profitable blueberry production industry to extend to south end of the state. Olmstead, an associate professor of blueberry breeding and genetics, bred the Arcadia, Avanti, and Endura blueberry bushes specifically to push the current growing range for Florida farmers further south.
Unlike most blueberry plants, these varieties are evergreen, meaning they don’t need to shed their leaves or go dormant in the winter. This allows Florida farmers to produce blueberries from late January to early March, when no one else in the country is able to harvest.
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