- Exceptional flavor
- Uniformly well-shaped
- Medium to bright red and glossy
- Very good shelf life and transportability
- High percentage of large, marketable fruit
- Early planting date and fruit onset
- Highly productive
- Easy to harvest
(Registered in some countries as Florida127)
Fruit & Plant Characteristics:
Dr. Vance Whitaker of the University of Florida (UF) selected the short-day cultivar, FL 09-127, for the annual, winter plasticulture growing system of Central Florida. Planted in early October, the variety develops a moderately compact, robust and upright plant with long fruit pedicels. The variety is marketed in the USA under the Sweet Sensation™ brand.
When planted as early as the end of September, the FL 09-127 variety produces high yields of excellent quality fruit throughout the season. Depending on ambient temperatures, growers harvest the first fruit about 60 days after plant establishment. The conic to broad-conic fruit is uniform in shape, well exposed on the bed and easy to pick. Growers have observed no overly elongated fruit from early established plantings, even when exposed to hot weather.
Fruit of the FL 09-127 variety is characterized by its exceptional flavor and aromatics with high BRIX. The fruit size remains large over the course of the season. The berries gradually develop a medium to bright red external color. The FL 09-127 variety does not become overly dark late in the season, in response to hot weather or post-harvest cooling. Fruit firmness sustains an excellent shelf life.
Nursery & Field Production:
The FL 09-127 variety runners well in the nursery field and produces plants with large crown size. The robust, upright foliage suffers less breakage than the Florida Fortuna variety.
Fruit of the FL 09-127 variety develops external color gradually. Growers should adjust picking schedules to allow optimum external color development.
The FL 09-127 variety is considered highly resistant to anthracnose fruit rot caused by Colletotrichum acutatum. However, growers must use best management practices to compensate for the variety’s susceptibility to Botrytis fruit rot, Phytophthora root rot, and powdery mildew. Resistance to other fungal diseases is considered moderate to high.
*Characteristics may vary depending on weather conditions, day length, soil type and location.