Strawberry Kent comes from Canada. This highly productive and early ripe variety has positive reviews in our country and has established itself as unpretentious, frost-resistant and large-fruited. Description of the variety allows for cultivation using low film shelter.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
Strawberries, or garden strawberries, "Kent" has become popular not only abroad, but also in our country thanks to a whole set of advantages that are presented:
- early crop formation;
- large size berries;
- excellent taste;
- salable appearance;
- prolonged fruiting period;
- excellent transportability and keeping quality of the harvested crop;
- high drought tolerance;
- increased resistance to damage by powdery mildew, gray rot and the most common diseases of the root system;
- excellent indicators of frost resistance.
The variety has proven itself not only in home gardening, but also very popular with farmers. The disadvantages include the possible formation of a substandard berry in the first crop. In addition, in some years, gardeners noted a rather massive defeat of berry plantings with verticillosis.
Varietal characteristic of the berry
Strawberry "Kent" bears fruit on tall bushes. The berry is formed large, with a shiny surface, of a dense consistency, round-cone-shaped or heart-shaped. The average weight of the berries is 36-38 g. The color of the berries at the stage of full ripening is dark red. Taste is high. The pulp is juicy and sweet. For a fully ripe berry, a pronounced strawberry aroma is characteristic. The active aging process continues even in low light conditions.
Even young strawberry seedlings form numerous peduncles, located on the same level with the leaves. An adult plant is characterized by a slight formation of whiskers. Full-fledged ripening of the crop is already observed in the first decade of June. With proper care and compliance with the technology of growing an early ripe berry culture, the average yield from each bush reaches 0.7 kg or more.
Strawberry: mustache pruning
Mulching, watering and top dressing
When growing strawberries of the Kent variety, such agricultural methods as mulching, top dressing and watering are of great importance for obtaining a plentiful and marketable crop, which should be done correctly and in a timely manner:
- Mulching is an important event and is used on plantings of garden strawberries in early spring and late autumn;
- if organic mulch is used in the form of wood sawdust, chopped straw, dry grass, compost, leaf humus and pine needles, then the optimal layer is not more than 6-8 cm;
- the best option for mulching is to plant garden strawberries on a layer of covering material, which can significantly reduce the amount of weed vegetation and reduce the number of cultivations and irrigation measures;
- It is advisable to use nitrogen-containing fertilizers for top dressing exclusively in the spring, at the stage of first loosening of the soil. For this purpose, it is preferable to use ammonium nitrate, which is applied at the rate of 40 g per square meter;
- phosphoric fertilizers in the form of superphosphate are introduced in the autumn in the amount of 45-40 g per square meter of strawberry ridges;
- of potash fertilizers, it is best to use potassium sulfate, which is applied immediately before flowering garden strawberries, at a rate of 30 g per square meter;
- feeding strawberries with liquid organics gives a good result in the form of infusion of chicken manure, diluted in a proportion of 1:10 and applied to plants at the rate of 5 l per 1 m²;
- to increase yield by a quarter, experienced gardeners recommend spraying strawberries with a solution based on urea or a mixture diluted in water with potassium sulfate and nitroammophosk before flowering;
- watering in the early spring is carried out not only under the root, but also by sprinkling, which improves the growth and development of leaves.
Garden strawberries are very responsive to irrigation, but the best result and the highest quality of the crop are observed when using the drip irrigation system, which allows not only dosing the soil moisturized, but also applying the most necessary liquid fertilizers under the berry culture.
Gardeners reviews and tips
Berries of Kent strawberry are dense, aromatic and very juicy. According to gardeners, the variety compares favorably with excellent productivity and good resistance to various most common diseases. Berries are characterized not only by large sizes, but also by good keeping rates.
How to plant strawberries
Repeated fruiting is observed at young outlets, depending on soil and climatic conditions, in August or September. This earliest Canadian variety is most commonly farmed to produce high-quality and early strawberry crops.