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Elegance, Strawberry

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.

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.
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.

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Fresh standard plants: £288 per thousand
Cold stored A- grade plants: £226 per thousand
Cold stored A grade plants: £288 per thousand
Cold stored A+ grade plants: £435 per thousand
Single crown cold-stored waiting bed: £500 per thousand
Double crown cold-stored waiting bed: £605 per thousand
Tray plants cold-stored: £680 per thousand

Additional charges may apply, please see the Cold Store Charges tab for more information.

Ordering Information
How To Grow – Plant from autumn through to late spring in a sunny but sheltered spot with well manured free draining soil. Strawberry runners should be planted every 45cm (18”) in rows spaced at 75cm (30”) apart. At the time of despatch, plants will be semi dormant and may have very little foliage; this is completely normal. Please plant as soon as possible upon arrival, this will revitalise the plants and new growth will start to appear. When planting, spread out the roots and place them in the soil at a level where the crown of the plant is just above the surface. Alternatively, they can be grown in growbags (10 plants per bag), or in hanging baskets or containers.

More Information – Fresh dug strawberry plants are available from late October to December. Coldstored strawberry plants are available from January to late June. The prices listed are for quantities per thousand, if you wish to place a smaller order please get in contact with a member of the team.

Delivery – Please let us know when you are ready – we will not send plants without prior notice from you. Orders are despatched by parcel courier or pallet network depending on the size, weight and dimensions. Unfortunately, at this moment in time we are only able to deliver plants to UK based addresses, however if you would like to discuss the option of an export, please send an email to liam@rwwalpole.co.uk.

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