Every gardener wants to get the strawberry harvest as early as possible. Breeders have developed many early and early varieties. This is exactly what the Lambada strawberry belongs to. And she is also chosen for the fact that she is unpretentious in care.
Lambada strawberries were created by breeders from the Netherlands in 1982. By crossing hybrid forms, a large-fruited line was obtained, which became very popular in Russia.
The variety is not remontant, early ripening, begins to bear fruit, depending on the weather, already in the first decade of May. The yield is average, it can reach 2 kg per season from one bush.
Lambada is quite unpretentious, grows well and bears fruit in greenhouses and in the open field. The bushes are sprawling and quite tall, in the process of growing they release a large number of whiskers. The leaves are large, bright green, but there are not very many of them.
During the flowering period, the berry plant surprises with an abundance of large flowers.
The fruits grow large, weighing 20 to 40 grams, and are easy to pick. The consistency of the berries is dense and perfect for canning. Sugar content is much higher than that of other varieties. The berries are sweet, with a pronounced strawberry aroma. But the harvested fruits are poorly stored, so they need to be processed as soon as possible.
The berry grows in one place without prejudice to fruiting for 4 years. The maximum yield can be harvested in the second year.
Lambada strawberries are bright red and cone-shaped
Strawberries of this variety are not subject to rot and verticillary wilting. But due to unfavorable weather conditions, it can be affected by powdery mildew.
The Lambada variety has a large number of advantages:
Among the shortcomings, one can single out the fact that the berries are not stored for a long time and do not tolerate transportation. Since strawberries have many more advantages than disadvantages, gardeners often choose this variety for an early harvest.
It is necessary to grow Lambada strawberries on soils with an average acidity of 5 to 6.5 pH. Before planting, it is advisable to fertilize the soil and dig deeply, removing weeds.
It is recommended to propagate Lambada with sockets. It is advisable to root them in the fall. On strawberries of this variety, whiskers are formed abundantly, so reproduction does not cause problems.
Propagation of Lambada strawberries is best done with rosettes, which are formed in large quantities
It is recommended to soak young strawberry rosettes for about 15 minutes in a pale pink solution of potassium permanganate before planting. Then the roots must be rinsed with clean water. In this way, unwanted diseases can be avoided.
You do not need to fertilize the ground before planting outlets.
You can propagate Lambada strawberries by seeds. This is recommended when a variety needs to be renewed. Stronger, healthier plants grow from seeds.
But strawberry and strawberry seeds are not very similar. Therefore, they must be prepared before planting. First, you need to stratify. To do this, mix the seeds with sand and put them in a tray or flower pot in a refrigerator or basement, where the temperature is not higher than 7 ° C. The duration of the procedure is 30 days.
You can sow seeds from January to February. Cover the sowing tray with foil or glass before emergence. After a pair of true leaves sprout, the seedlings should be dived. It can be planted in open ground only after hardening preparatory procedures.
After planting, it is advisable to mulch the strawberries. This will help control weeds and protect future crops from contact with the soil.
Growing strawberries on agrofibre can increase planting yields by 30%
Garden strawberries of the Lambada variety are undemanding to care for and feel great even with thickened plantings. But only if certain rules are observed, you can get a rich and high-quality harvest.
After harvesting the main crop, you need to remove old and diseased leaves and apply complex organic or mineral fertilizers. To protect against parasites, after pruning, strawberries can be treated with 2% Bordeaux liquid.
If the frosts do not exceed -30 ° C, then the Lambada strawberries will overwinter without shelter. But for peace of mind, you can protect the bushes with spruce branches.
Even the unpretentious Lambada variety requires a lot of sun for a good harvest. On shaded plantations, the quantity and quality of berries are significantly reduced.
On salty soil, the plant will not only fail to harvest, but may also die. They solve this problem by introducing organic gypsum for autumn digging at the rate of 30 kg per hundred square meters.
For an early harvest, Lambada strawberries are the best choice. And thanks to the fact that she actively puts on a mustache, it is very easy to breed her. After a couple of years, the harvest will be enough for both freezing and jam.
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