[NAFEX] Patriot Blueberry virus

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Thu May 8 22:16:22 EDT 2003

But the same source lists flavor as a weakness of Duke.  The "best" 
commercial variety might not be the one you want to grow for yourself.

I've planted St. Cloud, another early blueberry.   It's still young 
(and my blueberries get lots of competition from grass) so I can't brag 
about its vigour, it does taste good.


On Thursday, May 8, 2003, at 11:26  AM, Mauch1 at aol.com wrote:

> I found this on Cornell...
> http://www.fruit.cornell.edu/Newsletters/BLUEJO.HTM
> 'In recent years, we have observed problems with Patriot, but have not 
> been able to determine the cause. We think it may be Tomato Ringspot 
> Virus. Symptoms resemble those of a viral infection (reduced growth 
> and vigor, low yields, distorted foliage, dieback) and the problem 
> does not appear to spread to other varieties. Now that Duke is 
> available, it may be better to plant it than Patriot for the early 
> season.'
> 'According to Mike DeGrandchamp, from DeGrandchamp’s Nursery in 
> Michigan, Duke is the best early variety there is . . . "like a very 
> early Bluecrop". Nelson is his pick for a good late season fresh 
> market variety. Finally, he says Elliot is the best for the very late 
> fresh market. They’ve been storing it 35-40 days in Modified 
> Atmosphere storage for October sales! '
> I have Patriot, it is not very vigorous, but it is annually overtaken 
> by N.E. Asters, so its lack of size can easily be explained.
> Personally, since it doesn't seem to spread to other varieties and 
> you've already invested time and money, I would
> wait and see how they do. I have Earliblue, but don't have Duke.  I 
> have Nelson and just planted Elliot this Spring.
> Chris Mauchline
> SE PA, zone 6
> 40° 5' N    75° 51'W
> ~650 ft elevation
>> I have come across two sources one in 1999 and the other in 2002 that
>> suggest that Patriot has a virus and should not be planted. (the 
>> suspected
>> virus is "tomato ringspot"). I just plated several and am about to 
>> take
>> them out unless someone can update me with a more positive report. 
>> Thanks
>> in advance.
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