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• Released in 2012, Titan hasn’t been added to Georgia blueberry farmers’ fields yet, but it is available in limited supplies for homeowners.
A TITAN blueberry plant can produce berries ranging from twice to four times the size of traditional blueberries. This photo shows two berries from the same Titan plant. One berry is so large it almost covers the quarter it sets on.
Titan is officially available through the following licensed nurseries: Ken James Greenhouses (http://www.jamesgreenhouses.com); Cornelius Farms (corneliusfarms.com/nurserydivision.html); and Oregon Blueberry (http://www.oreblueberry.com).
No matter which blueberry variety you add to your home landscape, Nesmith says to set aside the first year as a growing year for the plant. “You may see a small amount of fruit the second year, but the third year will bring a good blueberry crop,” he said.
While some varieties are self-fruiting, NeSmith advises planting two or more varieties to insure good pollination and fruit set. Two additional homeowner varieties that have been recently released are Summer Sunset and Blue Suede.
Award-winning blueberry breeder
Based on the UGA campus in Griffin, Ga., NeSmith has been researching blueberries in Georgia since 1990. He was recently awarded the UGA Inventor’s Award for his research efforts that include the release of 10 new patented commercial blueberry varieties and two patented ornamental blueberry varieties.
The award is presented each year by the UGA Research Foundation to recognize an inventor for a unique and innovative discovery that has impacted the community, state and/or world. UGA-developed blueberries are grown around the world on all continents except Antarctica.
Blueberry production has surpassed peaches as the No. 1 fruit crop in Georgia.
“Nationally, we may be close to No. 1 in acres now, and we are second or third in production,” NeSmith said. Georgia farmers use about 21,749 acres for blueberry production, and the farm gate value was more than $254 million in 2011, according to the Georgia Farm Gate Value Report.
For more information on how to add blueberry plants to home landscapes, visit the UGA CAES publication website at www.caes.uga.edu/publications.
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