Start Date: Sep 10, 2012
End Date: Sep 30, 2013
Complete evaluations of hybrid seedlings currently in greenhouse and field plots. Records will be taken on relative plant size, growth habit, freeze damage, time of bloom, bloom density, and estimated crop. After harvest, crop weight, weight of 10-berry samples, fruit shape, firmness, overall appearance and preliminary taste tests will be made by investigators. Superior selections will be studied more indepth: e.g. fruit quality, sugar:acid ratios, storage tests, and anthocyanins and antioxidant capacity will be evaluated. Propagate by cuttings several of the best selections for distribution to interested grower and nursery cooperators.