- Exceptional flavor
- Large, marketable fruit
- Highly productive
- Uniformly well-shaped
- Medium red & glossy
- Medium firmness
Sweet Ann is a day neutral cultivar released by Lassen Canyon Nursery, Inc. The variety was selected for its fruit quality and high yield under coastal conditions in California and has also adapted well in organic production fields.
Plants produce high percentages of large, well-shaped fruit that hold their size throughout the season. The good acid-sugar balance gives Sweet Ann its excellent, sweet tasting flavor. The fruit ripens well from tip to shoulder with a medium to light red color inside and out. The variety provides medium firmness with a good disease tolerance.
Sweet Ann is a vigorous plant that maintains its open architecture. Its upright blossoming habit facilitates the pollination and harvesting process. The variety runners well in the nursery but produces few runners in the fruiting field.
Knowledge of the pathogen and disease biology of the major strawberry diseases better equip a grower to make the best and effective management decisions. Also, practices such as good ground preparation assure the best drainage possible. Careful selection of disease tolerant cultivars and timely applications of conventional fungicides or organically approved biological control agents when needed are essential.
Sweet Ann has significantly outperformed other leading varieties. Furthermore, the cultivar has been grown successfully in organically certified ground where disease tolerance is very important. Sweet Ann develops a large complex fibrous root system that gives the variety its high vigor. This complex root system better exploits the soil and absorbs nutrients available in the ground more efficiently.
Sweet Ann has demonstrated strong tolerance to mite infestations compared to other cultivars. The variety had less plant collapse and stunting and continues to produce high quality fruit.