The very popular Kimberly strawberries were bred by Dutch breeders by crossing Gorella and Chandler varieties and are included in the State Register of the Russian Federation for cultivation in garden plots and household plots of the Central region. It is a mid-early non-repaired table variety.
Description and characteristic
Kimberly's description of the strawberry is presented by the originator Gerardus Theodorus Maria Vissers.
The bushes are quite powerful, vigorous, sprawling, medium-leafy. Mustache of medium size, red. The leaves are large, light green in color, bubbly, medium-wrinkled, ribbed. Flowering bisexual, flowers are large and white. Peduncles long, with rare pubescence, located at leaf level. Inflorescences are spreading, multi-flowered. Berries of the correct conical shape, orange-red, shiny, without a neck. Taste is high. The pulp is fragrant, sweet and juicy, dessert. The variety has the highest rating on a tasting scale.
The average weight of the berries is 18-22 g. The total yield reaches 150 c / ha. The variety is quite winter-hardy, drought-and heat-resistant, very rarely affected by major strawberry diseases and pests.
Kimberly large-fruited strawberries can be planted in spring or early autumn in areas cleared of weeds, not heavily shaded by garden plantings and buildings. The soil should be light and fertile, and also have good breathability. With a high groundwater location, it is recommended to grow strawberries in the beds.
Seedlings with an open root system should be planted in early spring or in August. When propagating strawberries with rosettes, you need to make sure that the growth point of the bush is located at the level of the soil surface. It is best to plant strawberries in cloudy and rainy weather: this will improve its survival rate and accelerate rooting.
Kimberly Strawberry Variety Description
Currently, there are many ways to grow this berry crop. The planting scheme must be selected taking into account the size of the site and its location, as well as the number of seedlings. The depth of the planting hole should correspond to the size of the root system of seedlings. During planting, local fertilizer application is recommended.
Do not grow strawberries after potatoes, tomatoes, cucumbers, peppers, eggplant or cabbage crops. It is advisable to allocate narrow beds for planting: they greatly facilitate the care of plants, and the soil on them heats up earlier. In addition, such beds are easier to shelter for the winter.
Kimberly strawberries respond well to proper and caring care throughout the years of cultivation.
- Before the start of the period of active vegetation, planting is recommended to be sprayed with a 3-4% solution of Bordeaux fluid.
- In the spring, row-spacings must be loosened to a depth of 5-8 cm, and in autumn - by 10-12 cm.
- It is very important to water the plants in a timely manner. The frequency of irrigation measures depends on the level of soil moisture. You can combine irrigation with warm water along the furrows and sprinkling. In the phase of active flowering or mass filling of berries, watering should be carried out directly under the root.
- When growing strawberries on well-cultivated and moisture-intensive soils, it is enough to carry out 2-3 dressings per season. Complex fertilizers, high-quality dung humus and bird droppings infusion are suitable. In the first two years, strawberries respond well to the application of ammonium sulfate (not more than 15 g per bucket of water) or ammonium nitrate (10 g per bucket of water).
- In autumn you need to weed out the soil, add fertile soil under the strawberry bushes, remove dry and diseased leaves from them, spray the plants with copper sulfate, and immediately before freezing - mulch and cover the plantings. You can also spray strawberries with Ordan.
- It is recommended to transplant strawberries to a new place and update berry plantings at least once every five years.
Kimberly Strawberry has incorporated the best qualities of a parental couple. It is distinguished by beautiful, smooth and glossy berries of the same shape. In the first year after planting, the yield of the variety is low: about 4-5 berries are formed on each bush, quite weighty (20-25 g) and dense. The pulp is very soft and juicy, melting in the mouth. The taste is pleasant, sweet with a barely perceptible sourness and, according to many gardeners, caramel. The variety is highly resistant to various fungal diseases and powdery mildew. Thanks to the good take-up, strawberries can be propagated on their own: it is quite easy and does not require cash costs. The Kimberly variety demonstrates the best yield indicators when carrying out abundant watering and periodic top dressing. Caring for plants of the second year of bearing is somewhat more difficult.
Harvest strawberries: varieties, planting dates
In general, the reviews about the variety are very favorable, and many gardeners eagerly recommend Kimberly strawberries for an early harvest of delicious marketable berries.