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Cassandra - Strawberry Varieties

Cassandra

Parentage : Cassandra (formerly EM1064), was bred at East Malling Research and first selected in 1998. It has a complex pedigree including Rosie, Eros, Rapella and Selva.

Fruit Quality : The fruit has a regular conical shape and attractive appearance with strong red colour and a glossy skin finish. The berries have slightly sunken achenes but strong skin and a juicy texture. Eating quality and shelf life is good. /// Yield and Fruit Size : In trials the yield has been similar to or slightly higher than Elsanta with better average fruit size and a higher percentage of Class1 fruit. Cassandra performs well both from misted tip plantings and in the 60 day system. /// Season and cropping pattern : The season normally begins about three days before Elsanta and the subsequent harvesting pattern is similar. /// Marketing Suitability : Cassandra is suitable for all types of retail outlets, including supermarkets.

Plant Characteristics : Plants are slightly more vigorous than Elsanta, with a semi-erect habit. Runner production is good. /// Disease resistance : Cassandra is moderately resistant to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) but susceptible to wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum). /// Use of the variety : Cassandra is a good all round variety that is suitable for outdoor or tunnel production and can be marketed through a variety of retail outlets.

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