Musica is a late variety that produces delicious orange-red, attractively shaped strawberries: large, firm and shiny. The harvest is on average 7 to 10 days later than Sonata, which makes this late June bearer an option for normal and frigo cultures in Germany and Scandinavia. It is particularly suited to growers with short delivery chains including pick-your-own farms.
Flowering and picking period
Musica produces flowers of good quality. The flowers are coarse and produce lots of pollen so that the percentage of misshapen fruits is very low. The first fruits are sometimes very coarsely shaped and may be grooved. Flowering takes place significantly later than for Sonata and is comparable to Florence. The number of flowers per cluster is low, but this is usually compensated by the fact that Musica produces more clusters. This results in a rather extended harvest period that is well distributed. The clusters are long enough to make the fruits quite visible during picking. The stems of the primary fruits are often somewhat tough, but picking becomes fairly easy later on and is certainly as good as for Florence. Due to the high fruit weight and the relatively limited need for sorting, the picking costs are still fairly limited.
The large conical fruits produced by Musica have a pleasant strawberry aroma. The texture is good and the fruits are uniform and firmer and less fragile than is the case for Florence. The gradual pace of ripening results in an average fruit weight that is significantly higher than for Sonata and also better than for Florence. Bruises are visible, but bruising is minimal as long as picking takes place properly and at the right time. The fruits also develop their colour gradually so that they can be left on the plant a day longer. The strawberries are generally quite resistant to rain.
The yield of Musica is generally significantly higher than for Sonata (125%), but in some years the yield can be disappointing (90% of Sonata). The plant requires little work, as it forms a solid and vertical crop.
Vulnerability to diseases
Musica produces a robust and somewhat irregular but quite strong plant. Nevertheless, the plants can exhibit a bit of mildew at the end of the harvest. This is generally less than for Elsanta but more than for Sonata. The vulnerability to P. cactorum is similar to Elsanta. However, Musica is more vulnerable to fruit rot (Botrytis cinerea), possibly due to the longer flowering cycle. Little is yet known about the vulnerability to other diseases (Verticillium dahliae, Xanthomonas fragariae and Colletotrichum acutatum). In the trials, these diseases have not yet been found.
Musica is protected by Plant Breeders’ Rights and traded under license.