How do you usually pick strawberries? Probably, individual berries, sending them immediately to the mouth, or by handfuls, cups, occasionally, in small pails or saucepans. But there are varieties that are different in such size and yield that they can be quite easily collected in boxes and barrels. For example, according to the application of the originator, gathering strawberries Darlelekt, you can take up to 25 kg of berries in one hour of work. Just imagine such a huge amount of berries - truly this sort of garden strawberry, justifying its name, seems even to a seasoned gardener to be a real gift from breeders.
But not everything is as simple as it seems at first glance. To achieve a similar yield and productivity, you need to work hard. However, for gardeners who grow strawberries is not the first year, this fact is not at all news. Strawberries are a berry, requiring vigilant care and considerable effort, but it is pleasant to enjoy the delicious and fragrant fruits of your labors after harvesting.
Strawberry Darlelekt originates from France. In 1998, the Societe Civile Darbonne breeders of the company crossed two leading European strawberry varieties Elsanta and Parker. As a result, the Darlelect strawberry variety was obtained, according to the description, photos and reviews about which one can say that he not only inherited the advantages of the parental pair, but also acquired its own unique characteristics, such as bright aroma and a size that inspires respect.
Comment! If you compare Darselekt with Elsantsa, then his berries produce a few less in quantity, but they are much larger than Elsanta berries in size.
For the incomplete 20 years that have passed since its inception, the strawberry Darlelect has gained respect and popularity throughout Europe and is one of the main strawberry varieties grown in France on an industrial basis.
Immediately it should be noted that the variety Darlelect belongs to the most common group of strawberries of short daylight hours. That is, her fruiting occurs once a season, and fruit buds can be successfully formed only in daylight conditions, not exceeding 12 hours. Usually this process occurs at the very end of summer - early autumn, when the air becomes cooler and humid.
Strawberry Darselekt has a fairly powerful root system. The bushes themselves are large and tall, the leaves are dark green with almost no hairs. Despite the powerful bushes and roots, does not do well without water. To get a really good crop with a large-sized berry, watering should be abundant and regular. With a sufficient level of watering works well even with a 40 degree heat. Does not burn out and does not fall out from a strong heat.Attention! The breeding rate is at an average level, which is very convenient. Since the bushes provide, on the one hand, a sufficient number of whiskers for breeding, and, on the other hand, one should not be afraid of thickened plantings.
Strawberries Darlelekt can be classified as early varieties by maturity, since its berries ripen around mid-June. This variety has one of the shortest periods of time between flowering bushes and ripening berries. It lasts only about a month. Accordingly, flowering usually occurs in the middle - in the second half of May, when night frosts are still possible in many regions of Russia.
This may adversely affect the flowers and the subsequent harvest, so in these cases it is necessary to provide for the protection of flowering strawberry bushes with nonwovens on the arcs.
It is possible to collect ripening berries from the bushes for 10-15 days, starting from the 10th of June. In terms of fruiting, Darlelect is several days ahead of its parent variety, Elsantu.
As already mentioned, the harvest rate of the strawberry variety Darselekt is in the lead, mainly due to the large size of the berries and the soft stem. The yield of strawberries for short-day varieties also remains at a height — about 800 grams of berries can be harvested from one bush, even with an average level of care. With the observance of good agricultural practices, the yield can be 1 kg of berries from a bush and even more.
The sensitivity of strawberries Darlelekt to the main diseases is at the level of the main European varieties. It is quite resistant to verticelle, although it is sensitive to brown spot and oidium.
As for winter hardiness, since the Darlelect variety was zoned for the conditions of France, it can withstand only frosts down to -16 ° C without shelter. Thus, in most Russian regions where there is no permanent snow cover in winter, it must be covered with straw, leaves, spruce branches or nonwovens.
Characteristics of berries
As you know, the most important thing in strawberries is berries. And in this respect, it is even hard to believe that strawberries of the Darlelect variety are usually classified as commercial varieties - its berries are so tasty and fragrant.
- Variety strawberry Darselekt can be safely attributed to the large-fruited. After all, with an average weight of one berry at 20-30 grams, there are often instances weighing up to 50 grams. Moreover, both the mass of individual berries and the amount of yield directly depends on the frequency and regularity of dressings.
- The shape of the berries during the season can vary from conical-oval to rounded, heart-shaped at the end of fruiting. In some cases, at the end of the season, strange-shaped berries with a comb-like surface may appear. These deformations can be the result of low temperatures or high humidity during the flowering period, which can cause poor pollination.
- The color of strawberries Darsellekt red with an orange tinge. When fully matured, the skin can shine.
- The flesh has a lighter red tint. It is dense, elastic, without wateriness. Although not "crunches", like some modern commercial varieties, such as Albion.
- After collecting the berries are well stored, do not darken and do not flow. Well tolerated transportation even over long distances.
- Well, the taste of strawberry Darselect is distinguished by its sophistication and versatility. It has enough sugar, but at the same time there is barely perceptible sourness. According to the tasters, he pulls on 5 points on a five-point scale. Berries are also characterized by the unique aroma of real forest strawberries.
Features of growing
Since the strawberries bushes Darsellekt differ enviable capacity, it does not make sense to plant on 1 square. a meter more than four bushes. Between seedlings, it is desirable to withstand 35-40 cm, the width of the rows between them can reach up to 90 cm.
The main feature of the Darlelect variety can be considered its great need for moisture. If the moisture is not enough, the seedlings will simply die. Under dry conditions, cavities may form inside the berries. In hot regions, the Darlelect strawberry makes sense to grow only on drip irrigation, especially on industrial-type plantations.
The heat withstands well, subject to abundant watering, but the ripening time may take another week.
In the southern regions it is possible to use a shading net or planting bushes in partial shade.
Productivity may not be very high in the first year of landing until a full-fledged root system develops.Important! There are even recommendations for the removal of flowers in the first year of life, in order to get a full harvest the next.
Instead, you can use regular feeding on the sheet and abundant watering.
Strawberry Darlelekt does not like carbonate soils, because of this, chlorosis may occur on the leaves. But this strawberry variety responds very well to top dressing and you can restore the color of the leaves after just a few sprays.
After the 3rd year of cultivation, the yield will decrease, therefore it is recommended to replace plantations for 4-5 years of growth. But for farmers, it’s quite realistic to leave it for the second or third year without losing shape, size or yield.
Reviews gardeners and gardeners
It is quite clear that commercial strawberry variety can receive positive feedback from farmers, but it is surprising that ordinary gardeners and gardeners also enjoy growing Darleylect strawberries in their backyards.Sergey, 35 years old, Volgograd, he heard a strawberry from a friend, a farmer, who shared planting materials with me. Honestly, I didn’t even expect strawberries to be so tasty. This delicacy! Of course, it requires a lot of care - in the first year I was tired of watering it every day, so in the second season I brought the drip tape from the barrel. Now I barely have time to fill it - so much this strawberry consumes water. For the winter, I just wrap it in straw, and the bushes survive the winter quite well. But when the harvest time comes, the whole family is going to admire the miracle berry.
Valentina, 52, Izhevsk I have tried many varieties of strawberries in my life and I can’t say that I’m very enthusiastic about many modern varieties. Many seem to be some kind of rubber. But I wrote a couple of Darselekt bushes and changed my opinion. Indeed, very tasty strawberries, and at the same time so large, smooth, beautiful. True, in our area requires shelter for the winter. But, thank God, lately there are so many covering materials on sale, of the most diverse, that there are no problems with this either.Ekaterina, 28 years old, YeiskHochelos has long been planting strawberries on her plot for children, but still could not choose a suitable variety. Husband brought several different varieties, including Darlelekt. The berries appear early, already in the tenth of June. The size of the berries is impressive, they are even as in the selection. Well, the taste and aroma are just real strawberries from childhood. I am very pleased and I recommend this variety to everyone now.
Despite some difficulties in the cultivation of strawberries Darlelekt affects not only the experienced farmers, but also causes admiration among ordinary gardeners. Indeed, not every industrial variety can boast of a real dessert taste and the tempting aroma of homemade strawberries.