(Florida Elyana Variety)
- High sugar and very sweet flavor
- Compact and very robust plant
- Excellent disease resistance
- Large, marketable fruit
- Bright red and glossy
- High firmness and good shelf life
- Moderately productive
- Moderately early
Fruit & Plant Characteristics
The Florida Elyana is a short-day variety adapted to annual, winter and spring plasticulture growing systems. The firm and high quality fruit is characterized by high sugar levels, sweet flavor and a tropical aroma.
The fruit of Florida Elyana variety is large and wedge-shaped with an even and bright red color. The cultivar lacks resistance to rain damage which is likely to occur in open field production.
The Florida Elyana variety possesses a robust yet compact plant. It demonstrates excellent overall disease resistance, making it adaptable to difficult growing conditions.
Nursery & Field Production
The Florida Elyana variety runners well in the nursery field, and its strong plant resists damage during lifting. Misshapen fruit may occur in the second flush of flowering if the nursery plants have received a high level of chilling. Growers should consider experimenting, if possible, using nursery plants with varying degrees of chilling.
In the fruiting field, the Florida Elyana variety requires a moderate level of fertilization. Over-application of nitrogen may reduce fruit quality. The Florida Elyana variety produces its first flush of fruit early in the season, although its total yields are not as high as other Florida varieties. Higher density plantings, however, may overcome this deficiency. The compact plant is adaptable to close in-row spacing.
On occasion, white leaf variegation has been observed in the Florida Elyana variety. This is not caused by virus infection and should not affect overall fruit production.
Due to Florida Elyana’s excellent overall disease profile, the variety requires less disease management compared to other varieties. It has excellent resistance to Colletotrichum acutatum, the causal agent of anthracnose fruit rot and a high level of resistance to root and crown rots caused by Phytophthora cactorum.
The Florida Elyana variety has moderate resistance to Macrophomina phaseolina, the causal agent of charcoal rot; moderate resistance to Botrytis cinerea, the causal agent of Botrytis fruit rot; and good resistance to Podosphaera aphanis, the causal agent of powdery mildew.
*Characteristics may vary depending on weather conditions, day length, soil type and location.