All of us on our plots are trying to get large yields of strawberries, using different varieties and applying a variety of fertilizers and planting methods. She does not like manure and humus, but grows well only on fresh, not yet depleted lands.
- Strawberry Cardinal, main characteristics
- What does Cardinal strawberry look like?
- Interesting feature of the Cardinal
- The subtleties of growing
- Disease susceptibility
Strawberry Cardinal, main characteristics
An interesting new variety was bred by American breeders. It is called "Cardinal" strawberry and is not a remontant. Its shiny large berries amaze the imagination with their size (up to 80 grams). They are dense (even ripe berries will not lose their shape if they fall on the floor) and crunch in the mouth like apples.
The berries ripen early, in June. The variety has a long shelf life and good transportability. The cardinal is characterized by a very high yield. It tolerates mechanical harvesting and processing of berries well, and is suitable for canning.
What does Cardinal strawberry look like?
Such strawberries are easily recognizable by the characteristic shape of the berries: they resemble a spindle with a rounded tip, which can bifurcate in the first berries, with a rounded or tapered base, they have a high neck, and there are no seeds on them. The berry is distinguished by a fibrous, very dense red pulp, and when fully ripe, it is dark red in color with a red, incompletely filled core.
While the berry ripens, it is protected by rather tight-fitting sepals, which will then bend back and free access to the already finally ripe delicacy.
This strawberry variety also has characteristic external features of the leaves. So, their base is pure green, and the scales that cover it are red. The leaf itself is glossy, dark, leathery above, and slightly bluish below. On the petiole, you can see small villi that are absolutely not felt to the touch.
Interesting feature of the Cardinal
I don't know if I would have liked crispy strawberries or not, but I will definitely plant this variety, since it has a very interesting feature.
Large tall (40-45 cm) bushes with sparse, but large, dark green leaves, give many rosettes. And although the rosettes are poorly rooted, in the fall (September-October), flowers appear on each of them (regardless of whether it is rooted or not), and then berries. And these autumn berries are even larger than summer ones!
True, there is also one distinguishing feature of this variety: those rosettes that bloomed and bore fruit can no longer be used for planting, because they will not be able to settle down. For this purpose, you can use a second or third outlet, if the first has blossomed. As a result, it turns out that there are few rosettes that will bear fruit, and they will not be able to greatly increase the yield. Therefore, sometimes gardeners advise to cut off all mustaches. Then the mother plant will not need to waste energy on powering the outlets, and as a result, the size of the berries will increase significantly.
The subtleties of growing
Due to the fact that both the plant itself is large and the berries, strawberries of this variety are quite demanding on the soil. Best of all, if it is slightly acidic with a pH of 5-6, loamy and sandy loamy, containing humus and nutrients, will be suitable.
Clayy cold soil without cultivation is not at all suitable. If for planting such strawberries it is planned to use a moistened ground that has closely located groundwater, then the beds need to be made high.
Strawberries planted on sandy soil usually have lower yields and small berries, this is due to a constant lack of moisture, which will make the plant feel depressed on such soil. Therefore, the garden on which it is planned to grow strawberries must be cultivated a month or two before planting.
As for watering, for Cardinal strawberries, it should be regular and abundant. This should be done only in the morning, so that the moistened plants can dry out during the day. Until the flowers appear, it is recommended to use the sprinkling method on the leaves for watering, while they are cleaned of dust, which allows them to develop better. During flowering and fruiting, watering should only be done on the soil, without trying to moisturize the plants themselves. Use non-cold water, it is best if its temperature is 18-20 ° C.
Also, for the successful cultivation of such strawberries, it is necessary to periodically apply organic and mineral fertilizers for feeding.
This variety is considered winter hardy. In addition, Cardinal strawberries are resistant to leaf spot and gray mold. True, the berries can be affected by powdery mildew.
At least that's how the variety is described on the websites of online seed shops. Of course, I remember the layout with curly strawberries, when for a lot of money they sent a mustache of ordinary strawberries, most of which were not viable at all. But I really want to believe in the existence of the Cardinal strawberry, I will definitely try to buy it.