Redeva produces day-neutral strawberries tailored to the Scottish climate

A fruit breeder has produced what it called a day-neutral strawberry, ideally suited for the Scottish climate.

Redeva said the Red Princess variety performed well in trials over the past two years and was poised to go commercial north of the border next year.

The sweet, heart-shaped, orangey-pink fruit had Brix readings of up to 12 per cent and could flower until the early frosts, said UK breeder Irene Geoghegan.

She commented: "Being Scottish myself, I am always looking for varieties that perform better in our mild summers. This year Red Princess has produced more than 1kg of berries per plant in covered, soil-grown and table top production."

So far, pest and disease had been controlled by using a standard programme, while the use of fleece at the planting stage could have a positive effect on its earliness, said Geoghegan.

Redeva plans to establish one large commercial trial and continue smaller ones around Scotland to firm up understanding of the habit and performance of Red Princess.


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