Features of Rumba Strawberry
The European Strawberry Rumba is known to many professional gardeners. Amateurs can also grow a variety - just familiarize yourself with the agricultural technology and characteristics of the variety. About how to plant a crop and care for bushes, read the article below.
Description and characteristics of the variety
Strawberry Rumba was developed by breeders from Holland. The main originator of the variety is the Dutch holding Fresh Forward. According to the scientists of this company, the variety is suitable for open cultivation in Central and Northern Europe. The variety is zoned in Ukraine, Belarus and Russia, in particular in the middle lane.
Description of bushes and fruits
The root system is fibrous - the main root is practically not allocated, however there are many branched lateral processes.
On a long peduncle, an average of 6 fruits is formed. The berries are large, the mass of one fruit is approximately 20–35 g.
The shape is round-conical. The skin color is bright red with a glossy sheen. The pulp is dense and juicy. The taste of berries is distinctly sweet.
Frost and drought resistance
Strawberry bushes withstand frost up to -25 ° C. With such indicators, it is desirable to cover plantings for winter with agrofibre. This recommendation applies in particular to the northern regions. The drought tolerance of the variety is poor. Plants need regular and plentiful watering.
Did you know? The company “Fresh Forward” develops varieties of strawberries with “musical” names. On sale you can find varieties of Lambada, Polka, Allegro, Sonata.
Crop yields and pollinators
The variety is non-maintenance, the crop ripens once during the growing season. With amateur cultivation, the farmer takes 350-400 g of berries from the bush. In the case of a professional approach, 1–1.5 kg of fruits can be removed from one plant. Flowering varieties bisexual. Planting nearby pollinators is not required.
Advantages and disadvantages
Rumba has many advantages.
- Among them:
- early ripening;
- high taste;
- beautiful presentation;
- bisexual flowering;
- immunity to most diseases and pests;
- keeping quality;
- Agronomists distinguish several disadvantages of culture:
- exactingness to the type of soil;
- low drought tolerance;
- the need for shelter for the winter in the north;
- whimsical care;
- in a humid climate, the fruits become watery and acidic.
Planting strawberry seedlings
The variety is demanding on the type of soil.
It is preferable to plant seedlings in soil types defined by the originator, namely:
- forest gray substrate.
It is desirable to choose a substrate slightly acidic.
Important! Too much clay soil is not acceptable. Bushes will also grow poorly in the area where groundwater is closer than 0.8 m to ground level.
Land using the following technology:
- Dig holes 10 cm deep at a distance of 30 cm between the bushes and 40 cm between the rows.
- Put 0.5 kg of humus in each hole and fill it with 0.5 l of water.
- Too long rhizomes of seedlings cut to 10 cm.
- On each seedling, leave 3-4 leaves.
- Place the bushes in the pits.
- Fill the hole with soil so that the neck of the bush remains at the level of the soil.
After planting, water each bush.
Subtleties of further care
The main measures for planting care are timely irrigation and top dressing.
In the middle lane during this period, the threat of frost passes, and the moisture remaining after the snow melts dries.
Frequency of watering in moderate weather - 1 time in 10 days. In the hot period, the bushes are watered 1 time in 3 days.
In August, strawberries need watering once every 4-7 days, even in hot weather. Pour a bucket of water on 1 m² of plantings.
After watering, be sure to loosen the soil: the soil should always be fluffy. Remove weeds along with loosening. To better maintain moisture, plantings can be mulched. As mulch use sawdust, straw or hay.
It is customary to feed strawberries three times during the growing season:
- during spring awakening;
- at the time of fruit setting;
- when harvesting.
Rumba variety is fertilized in the same way. The main difference between the variety is the demanding potash supplement. At each stage of feeding, add funds based on potassium - potassium chloride, potassium sulfate, potassium salt or nitrate. From organics, the plant perceives ash well.
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Pest and Disease Control
The advantage of the Rumba variety is its high immunity to diseases. The only problem that may arise is the appearance of gray rot from high humidity. To prevent the disease, carry out two treatments with Alirin-B fungicide with a break of 7 days. For spraying, dissolve 1 tablet of concentrate in 1 liter of water.
Pests of the culture are also not afraid. As a precaution, the recommended prophylactic treatment with insecticides "Actellic" or "Actara" according to the instructions. In most cases, proper agricultural practices are sufficient for prevention.
Harvesting and storage of crops
The variety is mid-early, so the first crop ripens closer to mid-June. The fruits ripen together. Berries are harvested as they ripen. The ripe red color of the skin speaks of ripeness.
Harvest stored in the vegetable section of the refrigerator. Strawberry Rumba tolerates transportation and storage, but the crop should be consumed or processed in the first 2–4 weeks after harvest. The use of fruits is universal - berries can be eaten raw, cook them with jam, compotes, add to baking, freeze for long-term storage.
Read also our e-magazine on strawberry cultivation.
Strawberry Rumba is demanding in care - the variety is susceptible to soil, watering and top dressing. However, the farmer will surely please the result of the cultivation, and, subject to agricultural technology, the gardener will receive tasty and healthy berries.
Plant and don’t think about it, although today seedlings are a little expensive, there’s simply no such delicious and VERY VERY beautiful berry on the market. The rumba is so attractive in appearance that it simply flies out on the market, although we sold it more expensively than all the rest of Sergey //forum.vinograd.info/showpost.php?p=1269495&postcount=16