Southern highbush blueberries (interspecific hybrids containing mostly Vaccinium corymbosum L.) have gained a significant share of the production acreage of commercial blueberries in Georgia in recent years. A major reason for the interest in the species has been that berries ripen early during the months of April and May. Recently, University of Georgia (UGA) cultivars ‘Rebel’ (USPP 18138) and Georgia Dawn™ (USPP 24696) were released for the very early market window (NeSmith, 2008, 2014), and ‘Camellia’ (USPP 18151) was released as a later season southern highbush (NeSmith and Draper, 2007). However, there is a need for midseason cultivars (those ripening during the first 2 to 3 weeks in May) to replace the older standard cultivar ‘Star’ (USPP 10675) which was released by the University of Florida in 1996 (Lyrene and Sherman, 2000).
‘TH-921’ (USPP 27292) southern highbush blueberry Miss Alice Mae™ has been released by The UGA, College of Agricultural and Environmental Sciences along with the Georgia Agricultural Experiment Station as a midseason southern highbush. The new cultivar has good yields, along with excellent berry flavor, picking scar, and firmness. Miss Alice Mae™ usually flowers late, so frost/freeze protection measures are not typically necessary to achieve successful production as is often required for earlier flowering southern highbush cultivars.