What Are the Characteristics of Brigitta?
- Brigitta bred in Australia in 1977; It is a very fast growing variety with a sparse bush form that can grow up to 1.8 m.
- Its shoots are upright, slightly spreading, vigorous and highly productive.
- Requires full sun and well-drained acidic soil.
- The best planting spacing; 1.00 – 1.50 m between rows and 2.00 – 3.50 m between rows, depending on the processing equipment.
- The fruits of the Brigitta, which produce extremely high quality fruits, are large, slightly blue, very hard, dry and sweet.
- It is a variety suitable for storage with suitable cold weather conditions for long periods.
- It can be stored in the refrigerator for about a month without spoiling.
- It is one of the commercially preferred blueberry varieties.
- Late maturing Brigitta is a variety suitable for post-harvest storage.
What are Brigitta Soil and Climate Conditions?
Brigitta blueberry seedlings, bred in Australia in 1977, are recommended to be grown in full sun or partial shade in well-drained soils rich in organic matter, slightly moist in summer and preferably located adjacent to or near the forest. The shallow and fibrous roots of Brigitta blueberries need constant moisture and good drainage. Although the blueberry variety is self-fertile, cross-pollination is recommended for tasty and large fruit. Brigitta blueberry, which is resistant to cold temperatures down to about -29°C, should not be fertilized, especially nitrogen fertilizers should not be given and irrigations should be reduced starting from August in order to increase its resistance to winter cold in our eastern regions below -29°C.
Brigitta, which need full sun and well-drained acidic soils, are also very suitable for storage at home conditions.
How to Grow for Brigitta?
Care of Brigitta, whose fruits are large, blue in color, hard and sweet should be taken. It is grown in organically rich, slightly moist summers, preferably adjacent to or near a forest, in well-drained soils in full sun or partial shade. Planting spacing of Brigitta blueberry; It is recommended to be between 1.00 – 1.50 m between rows and 2.00 – 3.50 m between rows, depending on the processing equipment. The ideal planting size is to plant 1 m x 2.5 m and growed 400 plants in 1 decare area. In order to obtain positive results from Brigitta, which is a mid-season harvest variety; shallow, fibrous roots, constant moisture and good drainage are required. For the healthy development of plants and ease of cultivation, the best method is planting on a light ridge on mulch. Finally, In order to prevent fruit formation and encourage new vegetative growth, it is best to remove flowers from plants and avoid fruiting in the planting year and the following year. In the period after planting, pruning should be done towards the end of winter, as of the 2nd or 3rd year.