Aurora is a late season variety which crops one week before Elliot, Aurora has a square growth habit and is extremely productive, such that it will require three to four pickings. Some of the notable features are ease of picking of the ripe fruit and the concentrated ripening period, as well as post-harvest colour retention and shelf-life. This variety is protected by Plant Variety Rights within the EU and Hargreaves Plants’ licence allows marketing throughout Greater Europe.
Yield and Seasonality
Aurora is a high yielding variety, with good disease tolerance once established. The fruiting season starts in the UK around the last week of September and continues through to the first week of November. Aurora is of high vigour and as such does require more attention to detail during growth.
Aurora Fruit Quality
Aurora fruit has excellent post harvest colour appearing rich and dark, held by a good strong skin shown throughout its long shelf life, making it resistant to cracking. The large berries are uniform allowing for a high picking percentage ideal for a commercial grower and pick your own alike.
How To Grow Aurora
Aurora as with all blueberries prefers light free draining soil of pH 4.5 – 5.5. It is important to remember that 80% of the fibrous root mass will occupy the first 15cm of soil. Aurora requires watering little and often. When trying to establish smaller plants of Aurora, the plant must sit so the growing point is level with the soil, too deep and the plant will get stressed; too high and again the plant will be stressed. Once established Aurora demonstrates a hardy growth pattern.