Volume 73 Number 4 Article 4 Pages: 227-239
Year 2019 Month 10
Title: Fruit Development in Blackberry Types and Cultivars ¿ Impact of Days and Temperature from Bloom to Stages of Ripening
Authors: Amanda J. Vance, Patrick Jones, Chad E. Finn, and Bernadine C. Strik
The number of growing degree days (GDD) may be correlated with fruiting season but this has not been well
documented in blackberry (Rubus L. subgenus Rubus, Watson). Twelve trailing (‘Black Diamond’, ‘Black Pearl’,
‘Boysen’, ‘Everthornless’, ‘Kotata’, ‘Logan’, ‘Marion’, ‘Metolius’, ‘Nightfall’, ‘Obsidian’, ‘Silvan’, ‘Siskiyou’),
two erect (‘Navaho’, ‘Ouachita’), and two semierect (‘Chester Thornless’, ‘Triple Crown’) cultivars were studied.
Year 1 was warmer than year 2, with higher overall GDD starting in June.
At early-, mid-, and late-bloom, 10
flowers of each cultivar were selected randomly from an inflorescence, tagged and the stage of development
recorded twice per week (bloom, first red, fully red, first black, glossy black, and dull black). The number of days
and GDD (using daily minimum and maximum temperatures, base 10 °C, max. 30 °C, “standard model”, from
an on-site weather station) from bloom to ripening stage and GDD from 1 Jan. to bloom were recorded.
cultivar, flowering season, and their interactions were significant for GDD from 1 Jan. to bloom for all blackberry
types, indicating the standard model could not predict bloom date.
The GDD formula was modified to base 5 °C
and max. 25 °C (trailing) or 35 °C (erect and semierect) with little to no improvement in prediction of bloom to
any stage of development.
Year, cultivar, and flowering season (with interactions) also affected days from open
flower to developmental stage [e.g. from bloom to glossy black: 42–62 days (trailing), 55–65 days (erect), and
58–67 days (semierect); and averaging 3–5 additional days to reach dull black]. Using the standard or modified
GDD models, we were not able to consistently predict bloom date or time from bloom to fruit ripening stages.
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