Evaluation of strawberry cultivars in Florida: 2007–09

Teresa P. Salame, Bielinski M. Santos, Craig K. Chandler

Abstract


Field studies were conducted over two seasons to examine the performance of strawberry (Fragaria × ananassa Duch.) cultivars. During the 2007–08 season, the cultivars tested were ‘Winter Dawn’, ‘Florida Elyana’, ‘Florida Radiance’, ‘Ruby Gem’, ‘Strawberry Festival’, ‘Treasure’, and ‘Camarosa’, whereas in the 2008-09 season, ‘Winter Dawn’, ‘Florida Elyana’, ‘Florida Radiance’, ‘Strawberry Festival’, ‘Treasure’, ‘FL 05-73’, ‘FL 05-107’, and ‘FL 05-151’ were planted. The highest early fruit yield (first 10 harvests) during the fi rst season was found in plots planted with ‘Strawberry Festival’ (3.1 ton/acre). The following season, ‘Winter Dawn’ and ‘Strawberry Festival’ had the highest early fruit yields. In 2007-08, ‘Strawberry Festival’, ‘Treasure’ and ‘Florida Radiance’ had the highest total fruit weights ranging between 9.1 and 10.5 ton/acre. In the 2008–09 season, ‘FL 05-107’ outperformed the rest of the cultivars (21.3 ton/acre), followed by ‘Strawberry Festival’ (15.4 ton/acre), ‘Treasure’ (13.0 ton/acre), and ‘Florida Radiance’ (13.4 ton/acre).


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Proc. Fla. State Hort. Soc.     ISSN 0886-7283