|Colour||light-red … red, bright and glossy|
|Comments||large, attractive fruit, no mishaped fruits, sensitive to Phytophthora cactorum, suitable for production under polyethylene or fleece covering|
Sonata is a crossbreed variety (Elsanta x Polka) by Fresh Forward. It ripens about 1 – 3 days after Elsanta, producing large, firm and attractively shaped fruits. The fruit is glossy and medium-red all over, without any green tips. The flavour is excellent with good levels of sugar.
Yet another advantage over Elsanta is the consistently uniform shape, with no crippled fruits. The plant is robust yet susceptible to Ph. Cactorum, which must be considered in your plant protection scheme. Sonata is sensitive to heat. Earlier production with plastic film or non-woven material is possible but won’t give the same effect as with e.g. Darselect®.
Later cultivation with straw is an option. Sonata is the ideal A+/waiting bed plant material for 60-day culture. These positive characteristics have made Sonata a major mid-season variety over the last few years.