- Exceptional flavor
- Uniformly well-shaped
- Medium to large, marketable fruit
- Bright “cardinal” red and glossy
- Exceptional shelf life and transportability
- Early planting date and fruit onset
- Highly productive
- Easy to harvest
The A14-09 variety, released by Masiá Ciscar S.A., is a short day cultivar adapted to winter production regions. The cultivar was selected for high value, export, fresh fruit markets and is marketed under the Leyre™ brand.
The A14-09 variety offers high yields of fruit of exceptional flavor, aromatics and high BRIX. It consistently produces medium to large berries throughout the season that are characterized by a glossy, ”cardinal” red color. The variety’s long pedicles facilitate pollination and fruit uniformity. The elongated, conical shape accents the fruit’s attractive appearance and marketability.
Depending on ambient temperatures, growers harvest the first fruit about 90 days after plant establishment. Fruit of the A14-09 variety is firm and offers an extended shelf life.
When planted in mid-October, the variety develops a moderately compact, robust and upright plant with long fruit pedicels. Its open plant structure allows easy access to the fruit which facilitates field sanitation and fruit harvesting.
Nursery & Field Production
The A14-09 variety produces a large volume of robust, vigorous runners in the nursery field. Excellent propagation rates have been achieved in well drained, sandy loam soils in the Mediterranean. The cultivar performs best when lifted in the latter part of the nursery season. Upon transplant to the fruiting field, the plants adapt to a wide range of soil conditions.
Both nursery and fruit producers should adopt sound management practices in order to maximize plant health and yields. Producers should deep till the soil to break up hard pans and facilitate good percolation of water and nutrients through the soil profile. Over-saturation of the soil when irrigating will restrict root growth and encourage the spread of fungal pathogens. An application of a complete formula fertilizer at time of planting stimulates root development. Fertigation with adequate nutrients throughout the season will maintain flowering and fruit set over the course of the season. An over-application of nitrogen, however, will reduce the fruit yields and quality.
The A14-09 variety shows strong tolerance to Phytophthora cactorum and powdery mildew. The cultivar is somewhat resistant to aphids.
*Characteristics may vary depending on weather conditions, day length, soil type and location.