Commercial Varieties

Commercial Strawberry Runner Varieties

Aussiegem

(Bred by QLD Dept of Agriculture and Fisheries (DAF) & Horticulture Innovation Australia Ltd (HIA Ltd))
Plant structure is low with dark green leaves. Ratio of plant structure to fruiting is very good. Fruit production showed early yield higher than Festival but not as consistent. Fruit size is much larger than Festival, attractive, short conical shape & bright red in colour. Rough handling can easily bruise the fruit and needs to be handled carefully. Very juicy and sweet, consumer acceptability is good. Plants need to be established in well drained soil that is not water logged. Plants are quite susceptible to disease if planted during very hot and humid conditions. Plants grow & produce well in tunnels with good management practices. It is not recommended that this variety is planted in 2nd year plastic.

Festival

(Bred at the University of Florida)
Fruit production commences later than Rubygem & continues throughout the season. Fruit is bright red with good flavour, and is firm, attractive, with conical to pointy tips. It has better resistance to rain damage than other varieties. As with Camarosa, flavour is best when harvested fully mature. Fruit are well displayed on long pedicels. Although some smalls may occur, Festival is well known for high quality production and little unmarketable fruit. Fruit are well presented which makes picking and packing a breeze.

Lowanna

(Bred by Victoria Department of Agriculture)

A day-neutral variety and forms a medium dense, highly productive plant. Fruit is conical and glossy red in colour when fully ripe. Flesh is light red throughout and firm. Fruit production is higher than Selva especially with a correct nutritional program. In frost-free regions, with the right care Lowanna will produce fruit almost all year round. Suitable for small commercial growers.

Parisienne Kiss

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)

Plant structure and canopy is large with tall petioles giving it an open canopy. This variety needs to be planted at a wider spacing 40 cm – 50 cm between plants as a dense canopy with no aeration may attract powdery and other diseases. High yielding with good size berries throughout the season. Fruit turns completely glossy red when ripe, has soft flesh and can be susceptible to rain damage. Fruit is conical in shape especially in the early part of production but can also be wedged at times in the later part of the season. Pedicels are long and protrude out of the canopy making it easy to see and pick berries.

Red Rhapsody

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)

Plants are medium to large with upright petioles and leaves, and long pedicels protruding out of the canopy for ease of picking. Fruit has firm flesh and is consistent in size, being predominately large to XL with some XXL. Colour is glossy red to deep red and may be fully red or with a bit of green shoulder depending on time of picking. Berries are filled fully with little variation of size and shape. Good taste with pleasant flavour. Starts early with steady production throughout the season.

DPI Rubygem

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)
A very popular variety in QLD. Fruit production commences very early, & continues throughout the season. Fruit is attractive, exceptional flavour, uniformly shaped, moderately dark red, glossy, short conical to slightly wedged, medium to large (20g), firm & resilient, with some resistance to rain damage. Flesh is dark red, of medium acidity and consistently good flavour. Fruit are well displayed as pedicels extend out of the canopy, and easily harvested. Calyx is quite large and some petal retention may occur. Growers need to be aware that blotchy ripening can occur in wet weather if nutritional balance is not correct (Example: Nitrogen, Calcium and Potassium).

Scarlet Rose-ASBP

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)

An early variety. Fruit is conical, bright glossy red, looks beautiful in punnets and of good flavour and eating qualities. Flesh is a balance between Festival and Florida Fortuna with good texture. Potential for high yield with consistent berry sizes. Plant size is large therefore care should be taken with plant spacing for optimal disease control. This variety responds well to good water and balanced nutrition management practices.

Suncoast Delight

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)
The plant has upright structure with pedicels extending outside the canopy for ease of picking. It can be a large plant especially if nitrogen levels are high. Flower and fruit set starts early & production is consistent throughout the season. Fruit is conical, large to extra large & produces high yields. Colour is red to deep warm red – needs to be picked when fully ripe as the base can be still green or unripe. Less resistance to bruising and abrasion than Festival or Rubygem & care must be taken when handling berries. Flavour can be managed with a good nutrition program.

Sundrench

(Bred by QLD DAF & HIA Ltd)

Sundrench is a large to extra-large plant with tall long petioles which upholds the leaves to an open canopy. Long pedicels protrude out of the canopy with mostly good size berries which ensures easy picking. Plant spacing is important as this variety can be susceptible to powdery mildew and other fungal diseases if planted too close. Fruit is large, soft and juicy, can turn dark and sometimes has green shoulders.