Auto Blueberry was created for different reasons. First of all to bring superior quality in the automatic feminised gene pool. Blueberry itself is one of Dutch Passions all time bestsellers. The special qualities of Dutch Passion’s Blueberry are known worldwide. In Auto Blueberry these qualities are incorporated in the feminised and automatic form. Automatic feminised varieties have several advantages above light cycle dependent feminised varieties:
Auto Blueberry is ready for harvest in about ten weeks and the plants grow outdoors for only a short period. They don’t grow tall and are well concealed. For the same reason it is possible to harvest outdoors two or three times per season, depending on the latitude. At Northern latitudes it is a very attractive alternative for an early summer crop, while in Mediterranean climates two or three harvests per season are not uncommon. In every aspect Auto Blueberry is a true cosmopolitan. Indoors this variety is an amazing alternative to growing from clones.
As an automatic genetic source Dutch Passion have used Canadian Ruderalis genetics. Backcrossing till the F4 generation resulted in Auto Blueberry to become 100% automatic. The F4 auto-flowered 100%, 25 days after germination of the seeds. Dutch Passion Auto Blueberry seeds (F5) were produced by selfing the F4.
The plants still carry most of the Blueberry characteristics, so the phenotype is distinctive Blueberry. Most plants display the famous light blue/purple colouring, characteristic of Blueberry. Smell and taste are sweet and fruity (blueberry).