FE1711 is a mid-early June-bearing strawberry selection. Its harvest window commences three days after Allegro and slightly before Darselect. Early trials indicate that FE1711 is suitable for planting in conventional fresh and frigo cultivation systems, either in open field or under tunnels. The plants of FE1711 give a healthy, balanced impression and have green to lime green, shiny leaves. The growth habit of FE1711 is compact and less vegetative than Allegro. FE1711 is also relatively heat tolerant and able to cope with periods of high temperatures.
Fruit of FE1711 is very attractive. Plants bear many large, uniform, long conical fruit with an intense bright red colour and attractive gloss. Towards the second half of the season fruit size in particular is good. Higher fruit weights can be expected compared to varieties such as Clery and Magnum. FE1711 is characterised by its juicy texture and high brix levels. Its characteristic aroma makes it highly suited to a range of commercial channels, especially domestic markets. Fruit of FE1711 have excellent shelf life. A picking interval of two to three days is normal and recommended to optimise fruit quality.
Plant growth habit
Plants of FE1711 are healthy and well balanced. Foliage is pale green and glossy. Plants of FE1711 are generally compact and exhibit less vigour than Allegro. Flower trusses typically have 7 - 8 flowers which normally remain under the leaf canopy. FE1711 is relatively heat tolerant and can withstand periods of extreme heat.
Once harvest has commenced, production of FE1711 increases rapidly. Compared to other varieties FE1711 has a steady harvest pattern with very few peaks in production (Fig. 1). This means that the fruit size stays relatively consistent (Table 1).
Pest and disease resistance
Internal and external disease trials show that FE1711 resists infection by soil borne disease such as Phytophthora cactorum and Verticillium very well. Importantly, FE1711 is also tolerant against mildew.
An additional application of nitrogen of 25kg of pure N during the vegetative phase is sufficient to create sufficient leaf mass. A balanced potassium:calcium ratio of 7:2 is recommended during flowering and harvesting, in order to achieve a successful harvest. In addition, plants should be watered evenly and as required.
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