Viktoriana (formerly EM1125), was bred at East Malling Research and first selected in 1998. It has a complex pedigree including Eros, Providence, Linn, Selva and Rapella.
The fruit is attractive with an orange-red colour, conical shape and glossy skin finish. The berries are firm with good shelf life, juicy texture and slightly aromatic flavour.
Yield and Fruit Size
In trials the yield has been slightly higher than Elsanta with better average fruit size and a high percentage of Class1 fruit. Viktoriana performs best from a misted tip planting and maintains fruit size very well as a two-year-old plant.
Season and cropping pattern
The season is approximately one week later than Elsanta, with a more condensed cropping period.
Viktoriana is suitable for all types of retail outlets, including supermarkets.
Plants have moderate vigour with a semi erect and fairly open habit. The fruit is well displayed and runner production is good.
Viktoriana shows good resistance to crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum) and wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and is moderately resistant to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis).
Use of the variety
Viktoriana is most suitable for outdoor production to take advantage of the late season. Good fruit size in the second year means it is well suited to the more traditional perennial growing systems and is the fruit is suitable for a variety of different markets.