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Strawberry Festival

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Festival Strawberry for many years enjoyed great demand, but with the emergence of new species, its popularity has declined sharply. In the past 10 years, it has again begun to be massively sold on the markets, planted in vegetable gardens, and the reason for this is all the same quality characteristics, which, as it turned out, are not at all inferior to the newly-produced, imported varieties.

The main characteristics of the variety

The remontant variety was bred by domestic breeders in the mid-20th century. Refers to mid-season, has excellent yield, taste indicators. Fruits from late June to autumn in several stages. The first fruiting - mass, large berries (45 g), sweet, have a rich taste. The second fruiting gives small berries (10-15 g), their taste ranges from sweet to sour - depending on the abundance of light and moisture that bushes get. As a rule, the first crop is consumed fresh, and from the second they are preserved.

The first mass fruiting, berries are large (45-g), sweet, have a rich taste

Festival Strawberry has high, but compact bushes, there are a lot of leaves on them. They grow up, and not sideways, so you can plant a plant thickly. Peduncles dense, seed arrangement is superficial. The berries are oblong, conical, flattened with grooves. After ripening have a bright red color, glossy surface. The flesh is pink, dense consistency, taste pleasant, sweet, have a strong aroma. The sugar content in one strawberry - 7%, acid - 1.4%.

What are the advantages and disadvantages of the form?

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Festival variety of strawberries has many positive qualities.

Festival strawberries are used to make jam and various desserts.

  • The large size of the berries at the first fruiting and excellent fruit taste in fresh and processed form.
  • Transportability. Berries can be transported over long distances without significant damage. Therefore, the variety is popular for fresh sale all over the world.
  • Plants are frost-resistant, insulation for winter is necessary only in the northern regions. Moderate frosts of medium latitudes are tolerated without problems.
  • It grows in the sun and in the penumbra (under the crown of trees), but, of course, the more shade, the smaller the size of the berries and the less sweet they taste.
  • Used for making jam (with whole fruits), various desserts. When cooking and freezing the berries do not fall apart and do not lose shape.
  • Saplings quickly get along, start to grow in a new place.

The flaws in the strawberry variety of the Festival are few, with proper care they can be avoided, and yet for a general idea of ​​the form, you need to list them.

  • The plant is often affected by gray mold and powdery mildew. Only proper care and treatment with special means can solve the problem. Susceptible to verticillous wilt.
  • During the second harvest strawberry is small, it is difficult to collect and process it. Although it is pleasant to eat small berries in jam, so to some extent this is the merit of the variety.

What are the features of growing?

Care is to clean the weeds, to cultivate the crop from pests and diseases, and also to weed the earth after rains and watering. It is also recommended to mulch the ground with any material that is available on site or for sale.

How can I propagate?

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Strawberry Festival propagated by seeds and tendrils. When breeding with antennae, planting material is prepared from November. It is dug, determined in a dark, cool place and stored all winter.

To get seedlings from the bushes that grow on the site, they are divided into two groups: fruit-bearing and for reproduction. At the first spring and summer the antennae are cut off so that the bush gives all its strength to the formation of berries. On the second bushes, on the contrary, it is worth cutting off the inflorescences if they appear, and let the antennae grow and root. Thus, it turns out a good seedlings, which will give the harvest next year.

Festival Strawberry breeds tendrils, seeds and seedlings

Seeds for further germination are harvested from the best berries. Then dried and hid until mid-winter. Around the beginning of February, they need to sprout, make seedlings in small pots, so that by the middle or end of March, she was ready for planting.

For planting young seedlings suitable early spring or early autumn. The reason is that they need an abundance of moisture, which the rains provide in the fall, and thawing snow in the spring. Of course, during the spring planting, the sprouts will need to be warmed so that the belated frosts do not destroy them.

The optimal length of the roots when planting a crop in open soil is 7–9 cm regardless of the method used to multiply. If the roots are smaller, you can plant 2-3 sprouts in one well for safety net.

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