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Higgins


Cultivar Information

Flower type = Female
Berry color = Pink/Bronze
Year introduced = 1955
Variety protection = Unpatented

History

'Higgins' was released in 1955 by M. Murphy and B. Fry of the University of Georgia. 'Higgins' was selected from the cross 'Yuga' x 'White Male' pollinator.


Comments

In its time, 'Higgins' was a very important cultivar. 'Higgins' was the first cultivar to combine large berry size with good berry quality. However, 'Higgins' is an older cultivar and has been eclipsed by newer, better cultivars.

'Higgins' has a wet scar, is susceptible to fruit rots, has a late harvest date, and is not recommended for planting in either home or commercial orchards. However, the genetics of 'Higgins' lives on as it features prominently in the pedigree of many modern cultivars.


Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar

Vine vigor

Leaf disease

Berry rot

% Full crop

Harvest period

Ripening

% Dry scar

Higgins

high

moderate

moderate

70%

late

uneven

30%

Fry

medium

slight

slight

70%

midseason

even

30%

Supreme

medium

slight

none

90%

midseason

uneven

60%