Elegance

Season

Rating

Planting Distances - Intra-row spacing

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Planting Distances - Plants per Acre

Planting Distances - Plants per hectare

Main

Fully recommended

35cm / 14ins

1.5m / 60ins

15000

38100

Bred and selected at East Malling Research by Dr. David Simpson, Elegance is the most exciting main season variety to be released by that programme. Outstanding 60-day performance, fruit quality, shelf life and yield make this an exceptional selection.

 

Fruit quality and yield

 

Elegance was named after its elegant, bright and glossy berries which are orange-red in colour and uniformly conic. The berries are firm and hold on the plant for several days with no darkening in colour. The fruit is easy to pick and pack with no susceptibility to finger bruising and with exceptional shelf life.

 

Elegance has a sweet strawberry flavour with a pleasant juicy texture. The berries are well displayed with virtually no Class II fruit resulting in impressive picking speeds. Elegance was specifically bred for good 60-day yields and its performance in trials has been superb. Elegance was the highest yielding variety of the 19 trialled by the HDC (project SF92a) on Mr George Busby’s farm in 2010-11. At Tongeren in Belgium, Elegance topped the 2011 Maincrop Trial where the variety’s yield and exceptional shelf life created real interest. Elegance has been the highest yielding variety on our farm when grown without protection for the last four years.

 

Season and husbandry

 

Elegance is a mid-late season variety. Picking commences approximately five days later than Sonata and extends over a long period, typically four to five weeks. Elegance is susceptible to Mildew on the foliage and has some tolerance to Verticillium Wilt and Crown Rot.

 

PRICE LIST

 

Fresh standard plants: £190 per thousand

Cold stored A grade plants: £196.50 per thousand

Cold stored A+: £296.50 per thousand

Double cold-stored Waiting Bed: £396.50 per thousand

Plant type - Fresh - Standard Grade

Plant type - Cold Stored - A Grade

Plant type - Cold Stored - A+ Grade

Waiting Bed - Light

Waiting Bed - Medium

Waiting Bed - Heavy

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