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Strawberry "Tuscany", or the hybrid form of garden strawberry "Toscana F1" from the company "ABZ-seeds", was bred just five years ago, but today it enjoys well-deserved attention and receives positive feedback from gardeners not only in our country but also abroad .
Strawberry garden varieties "Tuscany" is the latest hybrid repair berry culture and has a very unusual, decorative, appearance. Strawberry bushes are stunted, no more than 13-15 cm tall. They have dark green, dense leaves with a pronounced sheen. Dark pink flowers and bright, cone-shaped berries give a special decorative effect to the Toscana berry plantings.
The presence of long peduncles, the unusual color of the flowers and a very long flowering period allow you to grow this variety of garden strawberries in hanging planters or on vertical ridges. The variety is widely in demand for the design of rockeries and is often used in landscape design as a ground-flowering flowering culture.
Blooming garden strawberry “Toscana” looks very nice when planting in the form of a curb plant, along garden paths and flower beds. The hybrid form forms a significant amount of abundantly flowering mustache, characterized by ease of rooting. A distinctive feature of the variety was high frost resistance and a high level of drought tolerance. During the growing season, from each strawberry bush it is possible to get up to 1 kg of selected berries, which are medium in size and have a wonderful dessert flavor.
How to plant wild strawberries
Major diseases and pests
Diseases and pests can cause irreparable harm to the berry plantings of the Tuscany garden strawberries. There are a huge number of pests that can damage not only bushes, but also strawberries:
- strawberry nematode, to combat which berry bushes are surrounded by grooves filled with lime;
- strawberry mite, against which spring treatment of berry stands with gray colloidal or karbofos and summer spraying of berries with Neoron is recommended;
- spider mite, the prevention against which is spraying strawberry bushes with a solution based on kalbofos;
- plant aphid, causing huge damage to garden strawberries.
Against a plant parasite, spraying with garlic-soap infusions or modern chemical preparations is used. It is very important to protect the “Toscana” berry plantings from being affected by fusarium and late blight wilting, powdery mildew, gray rot, as well as brown and white leaf blotch.
Leaflet control measures
The harmfulness of strawberry leafworms is purely focal in nature. The most frequently observed is the defeat of berry plantings by a plant parasite in the territory of the Central, Central Black Earth, North Caucasus and some other regions. The pest oviposites on the underside of the leaves. The average fertility rate is about 70-80 eggs.
Hatchling leafworm caterpillars are capable of skeletonizing young leaves over a considerable area of strawberry beds in a short time. The average duration of development of each generation is one month, so two or three generations of this dangerous plant parasite can develop per season.
A set of measures to protect the Tuscany strawberries from the strawberry leafworm, or Ancylis comptana Frol, involves the following actions:
- processing strawberry plantations to the stage of mass flowering with solutions based on the Lepidocide preparation at the rate of 1-1.5 kg / ha;
- early spring spraying of berry plantings with “Actellicom” or “Fosbetsidom” in the form of a concentrated emulsion solution at the rate of 0.5-0.6 l / ha.
In the presence of a pest on berry plantations located in personal subsidiary plots and in garden plots, such strong chemicals as Lepidocide, with a consumption of 20-30 g for each liter of water. Tablet preparation Lepidocide five tablets per liter of water should be diluted. Good result gives application "Actellika" or Fosbetsida diluted at the rate of 15 ml for every 10 liters of water.
Strawberries: variety selection
The new Tuscany frost-resistant hybrid, which has highly decorative bright pink flowers and forms conical berries of perfectly aligned shape, became the winner of the Fleuro Star world contest. Berries, according to gardeners, have excellent juiciness, dense and very sweet pulp. The shoots of Toscana are very long, up to a meter in length, and numerous, which gives additional decorativeness when growing a berry culture in containers or hanging flower pots. Flowering and fruiting are observed in the first year of cultivation.