Strawberry Cultivar Information – the Primrose weblog

Traditionally it was believed that the frequent backyard strawberry, or Fragaria x ananassa, was a hybrid of two wild species: F. virginiana, or wild strawberry, from North America, and F. chiloensis, or seashore strawberry, from the pacific coast in North America and South America. At present genetic evaluation has revealed its ancestry to be extra advanced as there are genes from different species as nicely. The unique cross (from which all fashionable backyard strawberries derive) occurred in occurred in France within the 1750s, as soon as the chiloensis was introduced again from Chile in 1714. Earlier than the introduction of the frequent backyard strawberry, the strawberry species consumed was the Fragaria vesca, or wild strawberry, that grows naturally all through a lot of the Northern Hemisphere.

It’s scientific title originates from the Latin fragum, which means aromatic, and ananassa, which means pineapples. Interestly, strawberries aren’t technically berries as with berries your entire pericarp (flesh surrounding the seed) is succulent tissue. As an alternative, strawberries, are mixture fruits which type from a single flower with many pistils (seed-bearing feminine organ of a flower) that become fruits. Years of hybridisation has produced cultivars far superior to these of outdated with bigger fruits, heavier crops and improved illness resistance.

Primrose Strawberry Cultivars A-Z

Albion

An offspring of the ‘Diamente’ cultivar, ‘Albion’ was first fruited on the College of California within the 1998 and launched commercially in 2006. The college goes by means of 12,000 distinctive cultivars yearly, making it extraordinarily particular. (It’s the most well-liked strawberry amongst growers in California.) Day-neutral, the plant will flower whatever the mild it receives, making it appropriate for summer season and winter fruiting. It’s also proof against verticillium wilt, phytophthora crown rot and, to a level, anthracnose crown rot. Its conical, pink fruits are giant and agency with good flavour. It is going to will produce plentiful runners that we advocate you clip to scale back stress and enhance yields.

Cambridge’s Favorite

Recipient of the RHS Award of Backyard Advantage and the Excellent for Pollinators badge, ‘Cambridge Favorite’ was developed on the College of Oxford – no simply kidding – the College of Cambridge in 1947. A mid season cultivar, the cultivar possesses good illness resistance and can produce plentiful runners from which average-sized berries will spring. The flavour is great, however notably tender.

Calypso

Calypso was developed at East Malling Analysis in 1991. The centre was arrange all the way in which again in 1913 by the fruit-growing sector to deal with challenges to farmers. Completely situated within the Backyard of England, it’s surrounded by about 70% of the UK’s grower with the county specialising in fruit. (Kent’s title originates from the actual fact it was the primary counties to arrange industrial orchards of unique fruits comparable to cherries – a species Henry VIII liked).

A cross between Rapella and Selva, Calypso is a big advance over its dad and mom. Unusually prolific for a day-neutral, or everbearing kind, it is ready to produce giant yields whether or not planted in Spring or Autumn, and once more, we advocate you clip its runners to enhance yields. It’s fruits are bigger than common in dimension with average flavour and agency flavour. The cultivar is proof against verticillium-wilt.

Elsanta

A extensively grown industrial cultivar, Elsanta was developed by Wageningen Plant Analysis Institute (Netherlands) and launched in 1975. It’s fruits are scrumptious with a great storage life and are much less vulnerable to bruising; therefore, a grocery store favorite. The cultivar is notable for its enormous crops and one can anticipate as much as 500g of produce in its first yr. Nevertheless, it’s prone to each mildew and verticillium wilt, so we advocate plant below heat situations and spray in opposition to mildew.

Flamenco

One other everbearer from East Malling Analysis (EMR), the ‘Flamenco’ is extremely versatile, appropriate for each beds and containers and features nicely when introduced into the greenhouse. A heavy cropper, this cultivar can produce as much as 800G of strawberries per plant all the way in which to Autumn. Its fruit is nice, bigger than common, classically conical in form.

Florence

A midseason cultivar, Florence will produce fruit from the backend of June to the top of July. It’s fruit are tasty, candy in flavour and agency in texture. The plant is notable for its distinctive illness and pest resistance, originating from the actual fact it’s a crossbreed of many cultivars, bred by EMR.

Framberry

A cross between strawberries and raspberries, the cultivar is notable for candy raspberry flavour. Like strawberries correct, they’re low upkeep and develop nicely in pots.

Honeoye

A product of Cornell College’s School of Agriculture and Life Sciences and the New York State Agricultural Experiment Station, honeoye takes its title for the Seneca phrase for mendacity finger, which describes a lake in New York State. Recipient of the RHS Award of Backyard Advantage, the cultivar is hardy and top-of-the-line strawberries to develop within the colder elements of the UK. It’s appropriate for cloches and tunnels, however grows greatest in a raised mattress. An early-season cultivar, the cultivar will produce heavy crops of agency, medium-sized strawberries.

Judibell

A really-late season cultivar from EMR, Judibell was the primary industrial cultivar launched with the prolonged dormancy trait that retains the plant dormant until mid-Might. The cultivar is proof against each Verticillium Wilt and Crown Rot, though is considerably prone to powdery mildew, which will be fought in opposition to with spray. It’s fruits are juicy pink and of very good high quality.

Mara des Bois

Mara des Bois combines the perfect of business and alpine cultivars with a style harking back to wild strawberries, intense fragrant flavour, vigour and heavy cropping. This fragrant flavour has its origin within the flavour compound methyl anthranilate, not current in most grocery store strawberries. The cultivar was created by nurseryman Jacques Marionnet in 1991 from 4 cultivars – Gento, Redgauntlet, Ostara and Korona – and is prized the world over by Michelin-starred cooks. Extremely well-liked amongst hobbyists in France, over 15 million are purchased yearly, producing 10,000 tonnes of strawberries. One other day impartial cultivar, it’s going to produce fruit intermittently all through the summer season.  

Pineberry

Showing as inverted color strawberries, pineberries are literally one other hybrid of Fragaria chiloensis and Fragaria virginiana – the identical hybridisation that gave us the frequent backyard strawberry. The cultivar originates from Wil Beekers, a Dutch grower, who sought to use demand for area of interest fruit world wide. First bought commercially within the Netherlands and Belgium in 2010, the cultivar rapidly unfold to the UK, after which the States in 2012.

Smaller than the frequent strawberry with white colouring and pink seeds, pineberries have a recent acidic-sweet style, very like pineapples, therefore its title. That is fascinating contemplating the Latin title for strawberries is Fragaria x ananassa with ananassa which means pineapples – one other early misnomer of plant naming. The cultivar produces small yields, however is understandably well-liked for its novel look and style. Rising it your self can prevent a small fortune vis-a-vis buying it within the retailers.

Purple Gauntlet

A mid-season cultivar that may produce second crop come September, the Purple Gauntlet is understandably well-liked amongst growers with giant sweet-tasting fruits. Extremely appropriate to cloches and tunnels, the cultivar has good illness resistance with some resistance to botrytis.

Rhapsody

One other cultivar well-adapted to the colder elements of the UK, Rhapsody was developed by the Scottish Crop Analysis Institute and is really useful by each the Ministry of Agriculture and the RHS. A progeny of Talisam, Cambridge Vigour and Cambridge Favorite, Rhapsody has good resistance to illness (together with the dreaded pink core) and is a heavy cropper, extra so than Cambridge Favorite. Excellent in flavour, these strawberries are to not be ignored.

Sonata

Advisable by Which? journal, Sonata is a mid-season cultivar with sharp flavour. The plant is extensively marketed as a successor to Elsanta as a result of its uniform fruit form and constant high quality of fruit. Nicely tailored to Northern Europe’s weather conditions, Sonata is one other cultivar suited to the colder elements of the UK.

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