Valquarius® ‘SF14W-62’

U.S. Patent PP21,535
Sweet Orange Cultivar


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  • Target Market: Processing Industry
  • Brix Rating: 11.6
  • Description: Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ (U.S. Patent PP21,535) is a sweet orange cultivar developed by scientists at the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences’, Citrus Research and Education Center in Lake Alfred, Florida and has been released under the University of Florida’s Citrus Fast Track Release Option.  Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ is a variety targeted for the processing industry, as it has a significantly earlier fruit maturation date than standard ‘Valencia’, which will provide the processing industry with earlier blending opportunities with ‘Hamlin’ or ‘Midsweet’ to improve the flavor and color of not‐from‐concentrate juice.  With a fruit maturation date roughly 4‐8 weeks earlier than that of standard ‘Valencia’, Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ also allows for grade A juice recovery and no economic loss in the event of a mid‐January or later freeze‐mandated harvest.  Trees of Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ are upright and vigorous.  The original, first‐generation tree yielded more than ten boxes of fruit as a ten year old tree.  There is ample evidence that ‘SF14W‐62’ generally yields more fruit than standard ‘Valencia’.  Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ has a maturity date very comparable to that of ‘Midsweet’, the currently preferred midseason processing cultivar in Florida.  Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ has significantly better juice color than ‘Midsweet’, and has been favored over ‘Midsweet’ in preliminary sensory testing.  2014 yield data showed that ‘SF14W‐62’ yielded significantly better than ‘Vernia’ across multiple rootstocks. Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’, therefore, has excellent potential as a midseason variety, which could be especially useful for blending with low‐colored ‘Hamlin’ juice. 

     

    License Availability: FFSP has non-exclusively licensed the following entities for the propagation of the Valquarius® ‘SF14W‐62’ citrus cultivar:

    Cutrale Farms, Inc.
    602 McKean St.
    Auburndale, FL 33823
    (863) 965-5209

    Dilley Citrus Nursery, Inc.
    53600 Bermont Road
    Punta Gorda, FL 33982
    (863) 368-1997

    Himrod Citrus Nursery
    3688 Himrod Rd.
    Bowling Green, FL 33834
    (863) 375-2246

    K&C Farmer Citrus Nursery, Inc.
    970 N 10th Street
    Eagle Lake, FL 33839

    Lykes Bros., Inc.
    7 Lykes Rd.
    Lake Placid, FL 33852
    (863) 465-4127

    McGill Citrus Nursery, Inc.
    1413 N Highland Park Dr.
    Lake Wales, FL 33898
    (863) 676-1182

    Phillip Rucks Citrus Nursery, Inc
    1697 Rucks Dairy Rd.
    Frostproof, FL 33843
    (863) 635-1948
    http://www.ruckscitrusnursery.com/

    Rasnake Citrus Budding and Growing, Inc.
    50 North Lake Idylwild Dr.
    Winter Haven, FL 33881
    (863) 294-8160

    Reclamation Trees
    2713 Hwy 98 E
    Fort Meade, FL 33841
    (863) 698-3606

    Southern Citrus Nurseries, LLC
    5600 Lake Trask Rd.
    Dundee, FL 33838
    (863) 439-3694

    Southern Gardens Citrus Nursery, Inc.
    3620 SE 37th Avenue
    Trenton, FL 32693
    (352) 472-9185

    Southridge Citrus Nursery, Inc.
    260 Karlson Rd.
    Venus, FL 33960
    (863) 465-5803

    W.E. Green & Sons, Inc.
    P.O. Box 1802
    Dundee, FL 33838
    (863) 439-4244

    W.W. Citrus Nursery
    314 2nd St NE
    Fort Meade, FL 33841
    (863) 559-7741