|Comments||susceptible to mildew, red spider and sunburning, suitable for production under polyethylene or fleece covering|
Darselect® is a successful variety for pick-your-own plantations, direct marketing and the commercial sector. It is very suitable for early season production, and it can also be planted on former strawberry sites.
Cold-store Darselect® plants should be planted in April/May.
Fresh plant material is planted best in early August.
Plants should be kept free of mildew. First mildew symptoms show up in Darselect® plants at an early stage and have to be treated immediately. The fruits are not affected by mildew.
When selecting the field keep in mind that the variety is susceptible to blossom frost damage.
Darselect® blooms early with blossoms growing above the leaves. Earlier season production will in-crease the risk of frost damage. So make sure you select a well protected site. Frost irrigation is recommendable in critical areas.
A cultivation scheme adapted to the variety will give optimised results. Especially the yield and the gloss of the fruits can be further improved. Where nitrogen requirements are concern, apply the usual 80 kg/ha.
The right date of fertiliser application is important for the plants to generate blossoms early in autumn.
The leaf mass development should be completed by early September. Therefore, don’t apply nitrogen to newly planted fresh dug material, or choose a very careful dose. Modest fertiliser application is also advisable in the spring (although it has to be considered that a larger leaf mass can help minimise the risk of sunburn damage). The main nitrogen application is done after the harvest.
When growing Darselect® make sure you maintain a proper balance of potassium and magnesium in the soil (soil analysis). Magnesium application during the fruit growth phase can enhance the gloss of the fruits. We recommend using leaf fertilisers.
The fruits are perfect for picking when the outer skin shows a uniform brick-red colour. Pick every 3 – 4 days, as a rule of thumb. When harvested ripe, Darselect® will reward you with fruits of excellent flavour, flawless quality and good transport properties.