As a result of centuries-old selection, many varieties of garden strawberries were obtained, including long-term fruiting (remontant). From such a variety, it is not easy to choose the strawberries that are most suitable for the garden. The characteristics of the varieties are largely similar, but each has its own advantages. One of the favorites of recent years, gardeners call the Irma variety, which combines high productivity and excellent taste.
The Irma variety is relatively young. It was bred at the end of the 20th century by Italian breeders, and began to be sold in European countries in 2003. In Russia, Irma has been known for a little over 10 years.
Irma, a remontant strawberry variety, yields several times per season.
The variety was bred in Verona and adapted for cultivation in the highlands of Italy, where a mild and humid climate prevails. Consequently, the berry shows its best qualities with timely watering and sufficient heat.
Garden strawberries, which are usually called simply strawberries, have nothing to do with the well-known forest berry. It appeared as a result of spontaneous crossing of two American species - Chilean and Virginian strawberries.
Irma is a remontant variety that bears fruit, regardless of the length of daylight hours, 3-4 times per season. Belongs to the group of mid-early varieties - the first berries appear in mid-June. Fruiting continues until the end of summer, and sometimes in autumn. The variety is distinguished by the following features:
Irma's large strawberries have excellent taste and good transportability.
This variety has a number of advantages, such as:
Many gardeners note that cracks may appear on the Irma berries in rainy weather. This degrades the appearance of the strawberry, but does not affect its taste.
Like many other varieties of garden strawberries, Irma can be propagated in many ways. Most often used:
Seedling strawberries are grown from seeds from February to May. They do it as follows:
Seed containers are kept closed until shoots appear
Strawberry seedlings dive into separate cups after 2 true leaves appear
Strawberry seedlings can be planted outdoors when they have 5 leaves
If you want to propagate Irma with a mustache, then choose specimens for this purpose that have the best qualities. The breeding process is as follows:
Strawberry bushes separated from the mother plant are already ready for planting
Irma can be planted in any climatic zone. For a strawberry bed, it is better to choose sunny places, since the berries are very shallow in the shade. The most favorable predecessors in the area chosen for strawberries are:
They coexist well with strawberries:
Strawberries are planted as follows:
Strawberry wells are made at a distance of 0.5 m from one another
When planting strawberries, the apical bud should not be too deep or left too high.
With a sparse isolated planting, the strawberry yield will be higher.
To get a good harvest of strawberries, you need to constantly take care of planting. The following actions will help keep plants healthy:
First of all, old and diseased leaves are cut off on strawberries.
Straw is often used for mulching strawberry plantings.
In autumn, garden strawberries can be covered with a transparent film to protect them from frost and rot.
Irma strawberries are a good choice for those who need garden berries that bear fruit all summer long. If you follow the rules of agricultural technology and take good care of it, then the result will not be long in coming. Irma's tasty large fruits will be able to please the gardener already in the first year of planting.
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