U.S. Patent PP19,341
Southern Highbush Blueberry Variety

  • Fruit Size: Medium to very large
  • Chill Requirement: 300 hours
  • Growth Habit: Between upright and spreading; creates a dense canopy
  • First Harvest: Around April 20, near Gainesville, FL
  • Description:  ‘Farthing’ is vigorous and survives well in commercial fields.  It is a vigorous but not a tall-growing plant.  It has the somewhat squat bush structure of ‘Windsor’, but with more branchiness.  The leaves are unusually dark-green in color.  The plant makes numerous flower buds and flowers very heavily.  Flowering is not as late as for ‘Star’ and ‘Windsor’ but later than for ‘Emerald’, ‘Jewel’, and ‘Millennia’. The berries begin to ripen at about the same time as ‘Star’, ‘Windsor’, and ‘Emerald’.  Because of the high crop load typical of ‘Farthing’, the harvest continues for 6 weeks, similar to ‘Emerald’.  Plant survival in the field has been good.  The plants can be propagated readily by softwood cuttings.  ‘Farthing’ is partially self-incompatible and requires cross pollination for full fruit set.

    The berries of ‘Farthing’ are potentially very large on plants that have a light crop, but the typical heavy crop reduces berry size somewhat.  The berries are high in most quality components.  The color of the berries tends to be dark.  Berry firmness is exceptionally good, and the texture is somewhat but not fully crisp.  Berry scar and flavor are good.  The berries have been harvested, packed, and shipped commercially with no reported problems.


    License Availability: For a list of current licensees in the USA, please click here.


    License Availability:FFSP Has licensed the following entities for the ‘Farthing’ blueberry cultivar outside of the USA

    Licensed Territory Licensee Type of License
    Argentina Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License
    Brazil Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    Chile Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    European Union Rusticas del Guavaquir SA Exclusive License
    Japan Ozeki Blueberry Nurseing Co., Ltd. Exclusive License
    Mexico Dole Berry Company Exclusive License
    New Zealand Gourmet Blueberries, Ltd. Exclusive License
    Peru Hortifrut S.A. Exclusive License
    Republic of South Africa Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License
    Uruguay Fall Creek Farm & Nursery, Inc. Exclusive License