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Strawberry "Pandora", or "Molding Pandora", is the latest variety among varieties for a single harvest and compares favorably with large-fruited, as well as an enviable yield. The hybrid form belongs to new and high-yielding varieties bred by English breeders as a result of crossing “Fragaria” x “Ananassa”.
Garden strawberry "Pandora" is known to experienced gardeners as "Fragaria ananassa Pandora". The hybrid form forms compact and highly leafy bushes. The leaves are light green, with a characteristic sheen and slight wrinkling. Mustache on the plant forms an average amount. Peduncles rather thin, located below the leaves. The berries are large enough, weighing up to 40-60 g, They have an attractive rounded shape. At the stage of full ripening, they acquire a dark cherry color, become very tasty and juicy, with the aroma of wild strawberries.
Harvest strawberries: varieties, planting dates
Advantages and disadvantages
Strawberry "Pandora" comes into fruition quite late, which allows to increase the period of consumption of fresh berries by an average of two weeks. Plants have increased winter hardiness and, when cultivated in most regions of our country, do not need to use additional shelter for the winter period.
Due to late flowering, fruit trees are not exposed to the negative effects of spring return frosts. Strawberry bushes have sufficient endurance and have good immunity to damage by many diseases of the root system, as well as powdery mildew.
The disadvantages of this hybrid form include the need to use pollinators, which are difficult to choose correctly, given the rather late flowering periods that are not typical for this type of plant. The optimal is neighboring cultivation as a pollinator of strawberries of the Vicoda variety.
In addition, when growing, it should be borne in mind that in wet weather, the risk of damage to berries by rot significantly increases, due to the fact that peduncles with an abundant harvest of berries fall on wet soil. Exactly because of this reason It is recommended to mulch strawberry ridges with hay or straw.
Strawberry "Pandora" is needed for cultivation in well-cultivated, seasoned with organic and mineral fertilizers, clean soil from weeds. Strawberry seedlings need to be planted in early spring or very early fall. In the presence of a closed root system, planting can be carried out even in the summer.
The hybrid strawberry planting pattern is fairly straightforward. You can use a single-line method when planting or plant seedlings in two or three rows. However, the two-line method of planting garden strawberries is currently one of the best. It is most convenient to plant strawberries on beds with a width of about 50 cm. It should be remembered that strawberries can be grown in one place for no more than 3-4 years.
To get a high and high-quality strawberry crop, you need to know the basic rules for plant care during the spring-summer season:
- The simplest and most frequently used is watering strawberries with a garden watering can, but the use of a drip irrigation system for garden crops has optimal efficiency; in strawberries, the root system is located in the surface layer of the soil, so it is best to water strawberry ridges in the early morning, which is especially true in dry and hot weather.
- Ammonium nitrate is the most effective fertilizer for strawberries, so it is advisable to use such top dressing at the rate of 10 g for each square meter of strawberry plantings; strawberries also need organic matter, so the use of manure or chicken droppings diluted in water is optimal.
- The strawberry cultivation system has proven itself very well, in which weeding and loosening of ridges is carried out, as well as mulching with rotted manure or peat compost.
- The most effective strawberry pest control is the correct and timely prevention.
|Plant development phase||Damaging factor||Preventive actions|
|At the stage of flowering and budding||Root weevil, aphid, spider mite||Spraying plants with Actellik|
|At the stage of flowering and budding, as well as after harvest||Powdery mildew, white spotting||Spraying plants with Bayleton or Topaz|
|Before ripening berries||Berry Rot||The use of drugs "Euparen" and "Teldor"|
It is allowed to prevent diseases in the form of spraying strawberries in spring with copper sulfate. The risk of a fungal disease, known to gardeners as powdery mildew, is reduced by spraying plants with a light pink solution of potassium permanganate.
Judging by the description and reviews of gardeners, very significant pluses of Pandora garden strawberries are very large and beautiful berries of dark red color, which when ripened take on the color of ripe cherry, medium density, with dark and juicy pulp. Achenes are dark red, slightly submerged. Taste is very good, the aroma is saturated. Berries have a high marketability and excellent transportability. Productivity is stable and high.
How to prune strawberries in spring
According to experts, the Pandora garden strawberry needs a slightly acidic and near-neutral soil environment at pH 5.5-6.5 with a sufficient humus content. When soil characteristics change, the quality and quantity of the crop decreases.
In addition, when growing, it is necessary to take into account the instability of the hybrid form to spotting, therefore prophylactic spraying of strawberry bushes with 1% Bordeaux liquid or its effective substitutes should be performed. However, despite some negative features, the Pandora strawberry every year becomes more and more popular not only in our country, but also among foreign amateur gardeners.