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Finesse, Strawberry

EU 34837
Finesse is an 'Everbearer' initiating flowers in the spring and fruiting continuously from July until the first frost.

Bred at East Malling Research from an Everest cross and trialled as EMR346, Finesse combines high yield with excellent fruit quality, superb flavour and robust disease resistance.

Finesse produces large to medium, uniformly heart-shaped berries with sunken seeds, waxy skin and fresh looking calices. The fruit is attractive to the eye, bright red with good skin strength and shelf life. The berries have a pleasant juicy texture, the flavour is well balanced between acid and sugar and brix levels have averaged 9.5 in trials.

The fruit quality of Finesse is equal to the best mainstream June bearing varieties. Yields have been similar to, or higher than, Everest in trials to date with 1.2kg per plant recorded in 2007 at EMR and 50% of the crop greater than 35mm. Picking commenced in week 26 and peaked at week 31 - significantly ahead of Flamenco.

This variety has been extensively tested at EMR and has shown good resistance to Verticillium Wilt and to Crown Rot. As a consequence Finesse has excelled when planted into the soil including when secondhand beds and bags have been used. Plant vigour is good and runner production is limited.

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Module raised plants from February

40 cell mini-tray plants: £533 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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