Bred by NIAB at East Malling and released in 2013, Malling™ Centenary has already established itself as the most widely grown June bearing variety in the UK. A combination of superb fruit quality, excellent flavour, 98% Class 1 yields and phenomenal picking speeds has underpinned this variety's success.
An early season variety with a 50% pick date some 5 days ahead of Sonata and with a more condensed picking season than Elsanta. The large, regular shaped berries (62% > 35mm), Class 1 percentage approaching 100 and excellent presentation effectively halve the picking costs of Malling™ Centenary compared to standard varieties.
The exceptional fruit quality is the result of the bright high gloss of the berries, the attractive regular shape, the sweet juicy flavour and the excellent skin and flesh firmness. Class 1 yields are less than Sonata but Malling™ Centenary yielded 6.9kg/m, in the Proecentrum Hoogstraten Glasshouse Trial, comparable to the highest yielding varieties in that trial.
Greater understanding of the physiology of the variety has enabled propagation to improve the productivity of both Waiting Bed and Tray Plants. Malling™ Centenary has limited resistance to soil born pathogens and a similar susceptibility to Crown Rot as Elsanta. Careful management of both water and fungicides when growing in substrate is essential. The variety performs well in traditional, open field production and maintains its exceptional quality and
enhanced picking speeds.
Fresh Struck Waiting Bed
Kraege International, located near the German town of Munster, produce fresh struck waiting beds exclusively for RW Walpole Ltd. Kraege International have an enviable reputation as a result of the health and productivity of their plants. Customers ordering Kraege grown plants from us will be supplied with a mixture of heavy, medium and light waiting beds dependant on the season's production.
Double Cold-Stored Waiting Beds (DCWB)
Designed to provide a large waiting bed with an increased number of inflorescenses per plant to maximise the 60-day yield. Using our own FPCS Certified cold -stored plants planted in late April - early May we are able to produce a strong, multi-crowned, well rooted plant. These plants carry significantly more flower trusses than the fresh struck plants and should be planted early in the season to maximise potential. Trialled in coir at a density of 8 plants per metre run and planted at the end of April, our Double Cold-Stored Waiting Beds produced 584gm Class 1 fruit per plant (22000 kg/ha) over a 43 day picking period.
Fresh standard plants: £289 per thousand
Cold stored A- grade plants: £227 per thousand
Cold stored A grade plants: £289 per thousand
Cold stored A+ grade plants: £436 per thousand
Trays (DCTP) - Ex cold store: £710 per thousand
Single Crown Double Cold Stored Waiting Bed: £480 per thousand
Double Crown Double Cold Stored Waiting Bed: £589 per thousand
Additional charges may apply, please see the Cold Store Charges tab for more information.
This variety is protected by the breeder and requires the completion of a Grower Non-Propagation Agreement for orders of 1000+ plants