Strawberry Varieties

Strawberry Varieties

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Strawberry AlbionDay Neutral Day-neutral strawberries will continue to set and ripen fruit all summer long until a hard frost puts them into dormancy. Day-neutral refers to the light sensitivity of the variety. Day-neutral strawberries will blossom and set fruit no matter how long or short the days are. Today there are several excellent varieties of day-neutral strawberries and they are a wonderful choice for the gardener who wants a steady supply of fruit instead of having it all ripen at the same time. camarosa.bmpShort Day "June Bearing" Short day or “June Bearing” strawberries produce a single, large crop per year during a 2 - 3 week period in the spring. June bearers are the traditionally grown plants, producing a single flush of flowers and many runners. They are classified into early, mid-season and late varieties. The largest fruits are generally from June bearing varieties.

Day Neutral Varieties

Strawberry AlbionALBION - U.C.
The new gold standard of the industry in terms of flavor, Albion is a Day-neutral (ever-bearing) cultivar. “Albion” is resistant to Verticillium wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and Phytophthora crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum), and relatively resistant to Anthracnose crown rot (Colletotrichum acutatum). When treated properly, it has tolerance to two-spotted spidermites (Tetranychus urticae). Fruit from “Albion” is typically long, conical, and very symmetrical. Fruit for “Albion” is firm. External and internal fruit color for “Albion” is dark. Albion fruits consistently throughout the season. One downside is that Albion produces many runners that must be cut to maintain high production.
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Aromas strawberryAROMAS - U.C.
Aromas is a highly productive plant. It initiates production somewhat later than the others and produces large quantities of fall fruit. It also has the broadest environmental tolerance, is resistant to mildew, and is especially tolerant to spider mites. The plant architecture facilitates harvest and pest control (rather erect habit). Flavor is very good. Fruit size and cull rate is superior to the old standard, Selva.
KEOKI 026KEOKI
Similar to Wild Strawberry varieties but not from seed, giving it substantial advantage in production. Perfect for the specialty garden grower. Produces tiny white berries packed with LOTS of FLAVOR! Bird netting is Important-they are that TASTY! Excellent runner producer for great ground cover. Tolerates acidic soil, minimal care except weed maintenance and should use mulch in areas where ground freezes. Everbearing, Best in Zones 3-9.
MontereyMONTEREY - U.C.
Monterey is moderate in day-neutrality, slightly stronger flowering than Albion with a similar production pattern. It has a vigorous plant and may require slightly more space than Albion. the fruit from Monterey is slightly larger but less firm than for Albion. Post harvest traits for Monterey are similar to those for Albion. Monterey has outstanding flavor with a distinct sweet aftertaste that is unique among California cultivars. Monterey has a good disease resistant profile, although it is susceptible to powdery mildew (Sphaerotheca macularis); this disease will require close control by both nursey and fruit growers in order to farm this cultivar successfully. Nursery productivity for Montery is exceptional.
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portola1PORTOLA - U.C.
Portola is a strong day-neutral cultivar with broad adaptability. this cultivar can be used in standard winter planting systems, where it is slightly earlier than Albion to initiate fruiting. Due to a strong flowering response Portola is especially well adapted to spring and summer planting systems. Portola has a vigorous plant and may require slightly lower plant density than Albion. The fruit for Portola is similar in size to Albion but lighter in color and somewhat shinier. Post harvest characteristics for Portola are similar to those for Albion although it is slightly less tolerant to rain. Fruit flavor for Portola is excellent and especially consistent throughout the fruiting season. Portola has a good disease resistance profile.
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san andreas1SAN ANDREAS - U.C.
San Andreas is a moderate day-neutral with a production pattern very similar to Albion. Plant vigor for San Andreas is somewhat higher than for Albion early in the season but plant size throughout the fruiting season is similar to Albion due to its high and consistent prductivity. This cultivar produces few runners in the fruiting field. The fruit for San Andreas is exceptional in appearance and especially superior to Albion early in the season. The fruit color for San Andreas is slightly lighter than for Albion, and it has similar post harvest characteristics. The flavor of San Andreas is outstanding, very similar to that of Albion. San Andreas has a good disease resistance profile with no outstanding cautions. Its typically high quality fruit early in the season, together with a low chilling requirement, make this a good candidate cultivar for Southern California. Nursery productivity for San Andreas is similar to or slightly below that for Albion.
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Seascape 1SEASCAPE - U.C.
Seascape is a dependable standard in the strawberry industry. It was bred for tolerance to many of the common viral diseases in California, but has demonstrated susceptibility to common leaf spot. Seascape fruit is large and flavorful with an attractive glossy finish. Seascape also has flexibility in planting requirements, such that it does not require as much chill hours to set fruit, which makes this suitable for warmer climates. Seascape produces large berries with excellent flavor over a long season, but is concentrated in late spring with high yields in the fall.
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sweet annSWEET ANN - LCN
A vigorous plant with high productivity and exceptional flavor. Fruit is large size, attractive, and a beautiful long conical shape, medium firmness with a good acid-sugar balance and very sweet tasting, with a medium glossy red exterior/interior color, and produces few runners in the fruiting field. Sweet Ann has displayed signs of being a highly disease resistant variety, stronger than that of Albion. An excellent choice for the Organic Industry.
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Short Day "June Bearing" Varieties

beniciaBENICIA
Formerly known as C225, this is a Moderate to High vigorous plant but smaller plant size than compared to Ventana, with similar production pattern. "Benicia" offers a slightly larger, firmer berry with good flavor and a darker more even Interior color. It is disease resistant although is susceptible to Verticillium wilt, which will require more care from the grower in order to cultivate this variety successfully. Productivity is superior to that of Ventana.
camarosa.bmpCAMAROSA U.C. Release 1992
Camarosa is an early short day variety. This vigorous plant produces large to very large firm fruit throughout most of its fruiting cycle. Interior color of Camarosa is a brilliant red and fruit colors uniformly. Yield potential is high to excellent in U.C. performance test.
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camino realCAMINO REAL U.C.
Camino Real is a short-day cultivar similar to Camarosa and Gaviota. Camino Real plants are more compact but less erect than Gaviota plants. The production pattern for Camino Real is similar to that for Camarosa, although it is somewhat later to initiate fruiting with most cultural treatments. External and internal fruit color for ‘Camino Real’ is darker than Camarosa and slightly darker than Gaviota. Subjectively, Camino Real has very good flavor. The fruit is outstanding for both fresh market and processing. Camino Real is susceptible to common leaf spot, and sensititve to powdery mildew. But is resistant to Verticillium wilt, Phytophthora crown rot and somewhat resistant to Anthracnose crown rot. When treated properly it shows tolerance to two-spotted spidermite.
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StrawberriesChandlerCHANDLER U.C.
The old standard for the Southern California winter production and canning industry, Chandler continues to be the "go to" variety for roadside strawberry stands and backyard gardeners as well as many commercial growers in the southeast. Chandler produces semi-early deliciously sweet fruit. Fruit size is medium to large and medium in firmness. Chandler performs well in the east and is well adapted to the south.
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hood1HOOD - USDA
Hood is a pacific northwestern variety characterized by fruit borne well above the soil on strong, upright clusters. The berry is large, round and conic. The skin is glossy bright medium red. The berries are firm with a pleasant flavor. The fruit ripens midseason. Nice for preserves and jams.
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palomarPALOMAR - U.C.
Palomar was released to California nurseries for commercial propagation in spring 2007. It continues to show exceptional promise in field evaluations throughout California. Palomar produces similar early yield to Ventana at all locations. Palomar had substantially lower cull rates and/or higher appearance scores than Ventana in all trial locations, with fruit size similar to that of Ventana. Importantly, firmness, and the subjective evaluations of flavor and post-harvest fruit quality were excellent for Palomar. An additional feature of Palomar is that plant size is substantially smaller than that of Ventana, a factor that will permit increased planting density and facilitate harvest efficiency. However, with less vegetative vigor and a marked tendency to fruit heavily early in the season, growers in southern California may need to consider management practices that encourage plant vegetative growth, such as the use of clear polyethylene bed mulch and careful soil moisture and fertility management. One caution regarding this selection is the tendency to produce fruit with a dry calyx, most typically during the early part of the fruiting season.
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RadianceFLORIDA RADIANCE - (Florida) aka Fortuna (in Europe)
This strawberry cultivar has high early-season yields and good fruit size throughout the main production period in Florida and southwest Spain. The fruit is a glossy bright to dark red, easy to harvest, and has a smooth appearance. The flavor is acceptable and good under ideal growing conditions. Radiance fruit is firm yet juicy and sports an attractive calyx.
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festivalFLORIDA STRAWBERRY FESTIVAL (Florida)
Florida Stawberry Festival is a short day cultivar. Fruit is mostly conic in shape. The external color of a mature fruit is deep red and glossy; internal color is bright red. Fruit of Strawberry Festival have a very firm texture and excellent flavor. Strawberry Festival has a fruiting pattern and yield similar to that of Camarosa.
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Stella- LCN
A Early heavy producer. Large fruit, dark red inside and out, uniformly conic shape throughout its production cycle. Fruit is Very Sweet, aromatic, and firm but not crunchy. This variety is heat & rain tolerant but does downsize late in the season and has a high nitrogen requirement.
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sweet charlieSWEET CHARLIE - (Florida)
Developed in Florida, Sweet Charlie is an early sweet variety. The plant is medium in size making harvest easy. Sweet Charlie has anthracnose tolerance and shows promise in Southern states.
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tillamookTILLAMOOK - Pacific Northwest Variety
A high-yielding, large-fruited, mid-season cultivar with very high fruit quality that is suited to the fresh and processed markets.The ripe fruit are visible in the canopy and easy to pick. The fruit is very firm and has a very good fresh flavor. Plants of Tillamook are vigorous and hold up well into the second harvest season suggesting some virus tolerance. Tillamook has good processing characteristics. The most outstanding characteristics of Tillamook are its high yield and very large attractive, high quality fruit. Tillamook will be an excellent cultivar for local fresh market sales, pick-your-own and for processing.
VALLEY RED - USDA
'Valley Red' is a high yielding cultivar that produces medium size fruit that are attractive and very uniform in size and shape. The fruit is primarily suited to processing with its dark red internal and external color. Flavor is consistently described as sweet. The fruit caps well. The yields are comparable to or higher than 'Totem'. The Valley Red crop ripens with Puget Reliance and slightly ahead of 'Totem' and 'Tillamook'. Plants are vigorous, virus tolerant, and very uniform in appearance. Valley Red has been excellent in the Willamette Valley in Oregon, the Skagit Valley in Washington, and the Fraser River Valley in British Columbia.
VentanaVENTANA - U.C.
Ventana is a short-day (June bearing) cultivar similar to Camarosa. Fruiting plants of Ventana are large and vigorous, similar to Camarosa, but more open than plants of Camarosa. When treated properly, it has tolerance to two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae) equal or greater than Gaviota and Camarosa. When treated with appropriate planting regimes, Ventana has similar fruit size and produces greater individual-plant yields than Gaviota or Camarosa. In general, Ventana is similar to that for Camarosa it initiates fruiting at the same time but produces great quantities of early-season fruit with most cultural treatments. Fruit from Ventana is lighter than Camarosa and Gaviota, with substantially brighter red coloration. Subjectively, Ventana has very good flavor. The fruit is fine for both fresh market and processing.
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LUCIA2Lucia - LCN
Lucia has medium high vigor type plant with similar plant architecture as Sweet Ann, with similar inflorescence and open plant that enables harvesters to see through the plant to harvest or pull weeds. Plant continues to grow through the harvest period and can get tall if more aggressive fertilizer programs are used. Lucia seems to need les fertility encouragement to grow than Albion. Lucia fruit is not as large as Sweet Ann but has similar great flavor and better firmness and better fruit uniformity then Sweet Ann.
Scarlet3Scarlet - LCN
Scarlet has medium to high vigor plant, that has shorter plant architecture then either Lucia or Sweet Ann. the Fruit firmness is higher than Sweet Ann, Lucia and Ruby June. Interior color of Scarlet is lighter than Sweet Ann, Lucia and Ruby June. Scarlet has very high yield potential. The fruit is not as uniform as Lucia but still maintains high fruit quality good size and flavor through out the harvest season.
Ruby June2Ruby June - LCN
Ruby June is of the three new varieties the strongest short-day variety that is more compact and tighter plant architecture and leaf structure then Lucia and Scarlet. Ruby is earlier than the other two, producing first red berries between 60-70 days after planting in Orange County, CA. Ruby June is the darkest exterior and interior color of any of Lassen Canyon's varieties. Fruit culinary qualities are very good with Ruby June and has rated very high in our in house taste panel.
jewel JEWEL
Jewel appears to be one of the best all-around varieties. Good for u-pick, fresh shipping and longer season yields. It produces large, firm, wedge-shaped fruit of beautiful color and quality. Jewel’s firmness and abrasive resistant skin make it ideal for shipping.
flavorfest web thumbnailFlavorfest Flavorfest has consistently produced as a top-yielder in trials.  They are notably large (the strawberries are larger than those produced by Chandler), bright red, and distinctively plump.  They also have an excellent flavor profile.  After showing initial resistance to red stele, Flavorfest showed resistance or tolerance to most of the stem and leaf diseases during trials.  Flavorfest has a prolonged growing season when compared to most other commercial varieties.  It is similar to Chandler when grown in plasticulture, but its yield is higher and berries larger.  The plants are also vigorous, require less nitrogen than Chandler, and propagate well.

Merced

Merced’ is a short-day (June bearing) type cultivar that produces fruit over an extended period when treated appropriately in arid, sub-tropical climates. When treated with appropriate planting regimes, ‘Merced’ is similar to ‘Camarosa’ (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 8,708), but with greater productivity, higher quality fruit, less vigorous plant, and lighter colored fruit. It is also similar to ‘Ventana’ (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 13,469) and ‘Benicia’ (U.S. Plant Pat. No. 22,542) but having a more compact plant, later fruiting, superior fruit quality, and firmer, better flavored fruit

 

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