(FL 05-107 Variety)
Fruit & Plant Characteristics
The FL 05-107 variety is a short-day cultivar adapted to annual, winter and spring production on raised, plastic mulch-covered beds. The variety develops a compact, upright plant with long pedicels that facilitate the fruit harvest. Fruit and plants of the FL 05-107 variety are sold under the Winterstar® brand.
The FL 05-107 variety produces uniformly conic fruit throughout the season. Fruit size is intermediate to large. The fruit has excellent firmness and shelf life. In open field production, fruit of the FL 05-107 variety is resistant to water damage. The berries, however, may develop a pale, water soaked spot if moisture or puddles accumulate on the plastic mulch. The size and extent of the water spot diminishes as the fruit dries out.
The FL 05-107 variety has a bright red external color that develops gradually. Growers may consider changing the harvest schedule, specifically during shorter days and cooler weather, for the fruit to develop its optimal color and flavor.
The FL 05-107 variety has a low acid content which gives it a milder and sweeter flavor that improves continually during the ripening process.
Nursery & Field Production
The FL 05-107 variety runners well in the nursery field. The foliage is robust and not prone to breakage. Well-drained soils are highly recommended.
The FL 05-107 variety requires sufficient feeding during and after plant establishment to develop adequate crown size and a strong root system. Moderate nitrogen rates, however, are suggested for mid- and late-season.
Excessive applications of nitrogen will reduce fruit quality and increase the variability of fruit size. Growers should maintain optimal soil humidity, avoiding over-saturation when irrigating.
The FL 05-107 variety shows good resistance to Colletotrichum acutatum, the causal agent of anthracnose fruit rot, and moderate resistance to Macrophomina phaseolina, the causal agent of charcoal rot.
The variety is susceptible to Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of Botrytis fruit rot. Growers are advised to make timely applications of fungicide during the peak bloom periods.
The FL 05-107 cultivar is susceptible to crown and root rots caused by Phytophthora cactorum. Mefenoxam has proven to be highly effective and should be injected through the drip tape as soon as plants are established. Applications of phosphites are recommended regularly throughout the fruiting season for control of Phytophthora root rot.
*Characteristics may vary depending on weather conditions, day length, soil type and location.