ARSUSDA New Jersey
Agricultural Experimental Station 1989
- Highbush cultivar.
- Height of bush will vary 4-5 feet. Growth will be compact and low growing, producing many branches. To encourage upright growth, prune heavily.
- Ripening date is July 25 in South Haven, Michigan.
- Yields are consistently high, 12 lbs average, in commercial plantings.
- Blue Gold is the easiest cultivar for hand harvesting. The fruits ripen uniformly and clusters are large. Mechanical harvesting is feasible.
- Quality of the fruit is excellent. Small dry picking scar, attractive color. Good flavor and firm fruit makes Blue Gold an outstanding new mid-late season cultivar.
- Harvesting is done by hand but mechanical harvesting seems very feasible with the plant.
- Marketing fruit is commercial packing, U-Pick or process.
- Blue Gold is tolerant to fluctuating temperatures and extremely cold climates. In areas where the winter temperatures were -35 F, bud damage did not occur.
- This cultivar is a excellent replacement or addition for other cold tolerant blueberry cultivars.
HARDINESS ZONE 3a to 7b