Tuesday, 7 October 2014

Strawberry taste comparison.

We asked professional strawberry growers, the RHS, the chef Raymond Blanc as well as our own gardening team for their favourite strawberry for sweetness, flavour and a bountiful harvest;
Alpine strawberry ‘Mignonette’ was recommended by both Alys and Raymond Blanc.
Strawberry ‘Darlisette’ is Toby’s choice, for its almost nutty crunch.
Strawberry ‘Marie de Bois’ is the favourite of Carol Klein. Raymond Blanc and the RHS’s Jim Arbury consider it a favourite too. It can be difficult to find, as it is only licensed to be grown in France and therefore can be listed in catalogues under different names; ‘Mara des Bois’ or ‘Marais de Bois’.
Joe grew Strawberry ‘Marshmello’ on his allotment, and has named it as his choice for this comparison.
We will also be growing Strawberry ‘Cambridge Favourite’ the nations most widely grown strawberry.
We are also growing these varieties, recommended by professional growers- Elegance, Judibell, Gariguette, Honeoye, Maxim, Sonata, Fenella, Tarpan, Irresistible, and Flamenco

Many types of strawberry plants will, either by nature or if encouraged by pruning runners, put out lateral crowns at the base of the strawberry plant. These lateral crowns can be divided and replanted to propagate strawberry plants. Additionally, the genetically generative rhizomes of strawberry plants can, under the right circumstances, be divided into multiple pieces with each piece being sufficient to grow a new plant.

There are, however, several drawbacks to this type of strawberry propagation. Often, the mother plant will be compromised (if not done correctly) and will die. Thus, the net increase of strawberry plants is diminished. Also, it tends to be more labor-intensive and technical as the division or cutting takes both precision and a bit of expertise. However, for well-funded or commercial operations, this division can be used to propagate cloned plants quickly and extensively.


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