Breeders have developed a variety of sweet strawberries Capri for those with a sweet tooth. The berries are so saturated with sugar that sometimes you don't even feel the acidic taste. Gardeners and farm owners love the Capri strawberries for their stable long-term fruiting and high yields.
Capri is an innovative variety of remontant strawberries. The culture was bred by Italian breeders. The parents were CIVRI-30 and R6-R1-26. Despite the fact that Capri is a novelty, the variety managed to spread in the territory of the Russian Federation and other countries of the world.
Capri strawberry bushes of medium height. Leaves do not thicken too much. Peduncles are strong, do not fall to the ground. The inflorescences attract bees with a lot of pollen. Long flowering is a positive feature of the Capri variety. The berry grows large, weighing at least 40 g. The shape of the fruit is conical. The skin is glossy. The color is bright red with a burgundy tint. The nose of the berry at the stage of technical maturity is orange.
The flesh of the berry is quite dense, but this does not prevent it from being tender and juicy. The firm structure increases the transportability, as well as the safety of the fruit. This quality is highly valued by farmers who grow Capri strawberries for sale. The berry, even at the stage of technical ripeness, contains a lot of sugar. The fruits do not lose their sweetness in rainy summer. The yield of remontant strawberries reaches 2 kg of berries per bush.
Attention! The Capri variety produces the largest yields in the first and second year of life. Starting from the third year, the yield indicator decreases.
The short peak yield is attributed to prolonged fruiting. Strawberries ripen in waves from late June to mid-November. The berries drain the mother bushes, shortening their life cycle.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
|Continuous long-term fruiting||A small number of mustaches complicates the breeding of the variety.|
|High yield up to 2 kg per bush||The culture needs abundant watering and feeding|
|Bushes are frost-resistant, disease-resistant||Bushes thrive with frequent mulching and loosening of the soil|
|Berries lend themselves to transportation and storage|
|Bushes of compact size|
|The plant can withstand drought|
|The sweetness in the berries is preserved in the rainy summer|
A feature of the Capri variety is the survival of the bush in the sun. The plant will remain alive even without shading, but there will be no peduncles. It is to get a good harvest that strawberries need abundant watering.
Repaired strawberries of the Italian variety Capri are capable of multiplying with a mustache, dividing the bush and seeds.
A feature of the Capri variety is a small formation of mustaches. To care for the garden is a plus, but a problem is created with reproduction. However, there is a mustache, which means that you can independently increase the number of bushes in the garden.
When the mother plant throws out a long mustache with a developed rosette, the soil is loosened between the rows. It is important to remove all weeds from the garden. The bottom of the rosette is slightly buried in the ground and often watered. Roots will grow by the fall. The rosette can be cut off from the mustache and transplanted as a full-fledged seedling.
By dividing the bush
An adult plant at 2-3 years of age is propagated by dividing the bush. Strawberries are dug out of the garden in the spring before flowering or in the fall after the end of fruiting. The bush is divided into several parts so that each rosette has at least 3 leaves and a developed root. Each Capri seedling is planted in a garden bed.
Growing from seeds
You can propagate or reintroduce the Italian remontant Capri variety by seed. You will have to grow seedlings in boxes, peat tablets or flower pots.
In short, to obtain seeds at home, large, ripe berries without visible damage are chosen in the garden. The skin is cut from the fruit with a knife, dried in the sun and grains are collected.
The sowing time of Capri strawberry seeds is determined individually according to the weather conditions of the region. This is usually the period from February to early April. Before sowing, the seeds are subjected to stratification - cold hardening.
You can sow in peat tablets by soaking them in water before that. The traditional method is based on the immersion of the grains in the ground. You can sow directly in separate cups or in common boxes. In the second case, after growing three leaves on the seedling, the plants dive into a separate container.
Advice! Strawberry seeds are undesirable densely netted in a common box. A sparse landing simplifies the picking process using the transshipment method. The plant is transplanted with a spatula along with a lump of earth, without injuring the root system.
If the seeds of strawberries of the Capri variety have not sprouted, then the technology of growing seedlings has been violated. The problem is solved only by repeated sowing.
There are no special secrets of planting remontant strawberries in Capri. The procedure is typical as for all other varieties.
How to choose seedlings
Quality saplings of remontant strawberries of the Italian variety Capri are determined by their appearance. The horn of a good plant is at least 7 mm thick. The leaves are wide, juicy, without damage and at least three pieces.
The length of the open root system of the seedling should be more than 7 cm. If the plant is sold in a cup or peat tablet, the entire lump is examined. It should be braided with white roots.
Site selection and soil preparation
The Capri variety does not belong to demanding crops, but there are nuances in the choice of location and soil composition. Strawberries like loamy fertile soils with neutral acidity. The plant will take root well on the site where alfalfa, green salads, white cabbage grew last year.
Attention! The Capri variety cannot be planted in a garden where tomatoes, raspberries or other strawberry varieties grew. Poor culture will grow after potatoes.
The proximity of groundwater is detrimental to culture. If there is a swampy area on the site, an elevation is poured for the garden bed. The Capri strawberry plantation is located in a sunny area. If it is impossible to provide good growing conditions, the culture can be grown in a vertical bed by planting the plants in flower pots.
When planting seedlings of the remontant variety Capri, a space of 30 cm is left between the bushes. The row spacing is made about 45 cm. Since the variety forms few whiskers, dense planting of plants is allowed in order to save space.
To get a good harvest, Capri strawberries need care. The procedures are all classic: watering, feeding, pest control, weeding.
Strawberries are the most troublesome for the gardener in the spring. Caring for Capri involves the following steps:
- After the snow melts, they examine the bushes. Tear off dry, damaged leaves, the remaining old peduncles.
- Cleans the garden of old mulch and winter shelter. The soil is loosened to a depth of 3 cm. The strawberries are fed with ash.
- If roots are visible on the surface, the Capri strawberry bushes spud.
- To make the plants come to life and grow, strawberries are watered abundantly, starting in early spring.
- From top dressing Capri loves organic. Under each bush poured 0.5 liters of mullein solution 1: 3 or chicken droppings 1:10.
- The buds have not yet blossomed, strawberry bushes are treated for prevention with a solution of copper sulfate.
- The soil around the plants is covered with peat, sawdust or small straw. Mulch will retain moisture, prevent weed growth, and eventually become organic fertilizer.
Strawberries need mineral dressing in the spring. Nitrate is commonly used.
Watering and mulching
Despite its drought tolerance, the Capri remontant variety loves abundant watering. Especially a lot of water is required during the formation of berries and before flowering. However, the formation of boggy must not be allowed. After watering, the soil is mulched to retain moisture.
Top dressing by month
During the season, the Capri variety requires three mandatory fertilizing with mineral complexes. The size of berries and taste depends on this.
For review, a table is provided, which describes the preparations for strawberries and the technology of their use.
Preparing for winter
In autumn, strawberry bushes are prepared for wintering. Plants are provided with shelter of straw or pine branches.
Diseases and methods of struggle
The Capri remontant strawberry variety is resistant to disease, but can be attacked by gray mold. Verticillary wilting appears occasionally.
Pests and ways to deal with them
Pests are not averse to feasting on sweet strawberries, juicy foliage. First of all, these are ants, slugs and snails.
Features of growing in pots
The Capri variety can be grown in flower pots in a tall garden bed or indoors. In the second case, artificial pollination with a brush will be required, and in the summer the strawberries are taken out to the balcony.
The Capri repair strawberry is an ideal variety for those with a sweet tooth and commercial gardeners.
Elena, 35 years old, Biysk
Capri planted a quarter of the garden with strawberries. The berry is just a miracle: large, juicy and very sweet. I renew the plantings every fourth year. I feed only organic matter and saltpeter.
Marina, 56 years old, Barnaul
For the first time I came across a variety that I liked very much. Capri pants are unpretentious, they have a little mustache, which makes it easy to care for. The berries are tasty, large. From a bush I collect up to 1.8 kg of fruits per season.