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Hell's strawberry is a remontant variety with large berries. Gardeners have appreciated the culture obtained by German breeders. The berries of Hell's strawberries are tasty, juicy, with a bright strawberry smell. They are used fresh, as well as for winter preparations.
The repair strawberry Ada was bred in Germany in the pre-war years. Much later, she came to Russia, where gardeners in various parts of the country began to grow it with pleasure. The variety is remontant, with two waves of crop formation.
Characteristics and description of the strawberry variety Ada
Hell's strawberries are a popular variety among Russian gardeners. The variety is self-fertile, therefore it gives a stable yield.
The bushes of the culture are spreading, reaching a height of 15-20 cm. The foliage is green, without gloss. Flowers are white, form on peduncles at leaf level or slightly higher.
Attention! The culture produces a lot of mustache, so there are no problems with breeding.
The appearance and taste of berries
Ada strawberries are bright red, with a noticeable shine
Fruiting occurs on the main bushes and on the mustache. The first berries are enlarged, each weighing about 20 g. Subsequent ones are smaller. The average weight of berries is 8-15 g. The shape is oval or conical. The pulp is light pink, friable, with a bright core. The taste is pleasant, sweet, with a slight sourness.
Flowering period, ripening period and yield
Ada is a remontant variety, so it blooms twice a season.
The first time flowers appear in May, 5-7 days earlier than in garden varieties. The second bloom occurs in July. Fruiting lasts from spring to the first autumn frosts.
The yield of the variety is not very large. From one hundred square meters, you can collect about 130 kg. Therefore, Ada strawberries are rarely grown on an industrial scale. But at home farmsteads it can be found often. The culture is in demand due to its long-term fruiting.
According to the description of the originator, the variety is frost-hardy, but in regions with unfavorable conditions, it requires shelter for the winter. Without a thick layer of mulch, it does not freeze out only in the southern regions. In temperate climates, the bushes must be covered from frost with improvised materials. You can use dry foliage, peat, spruce branches.
Disease and pest resistance
Hell's strawberries are not particularly resistant to crop diseases
The variety has no immunity to white spot. Fungal disease affects foliage. With gray rot, there is a danger of losing almost the entire crop. The disease occurs in cool and damp weather.
Important! Preventive treatments are the key to good growth of bushes and their fruiting.
For spraying, chemical, biological and folk remedies are used. Chemicals are toxic, so they are rarely used. When working with hazardous substances, personal protective equipment is used: glasses, respirators, rubber gloves. Of the chemicals considered effective: Fundazol, Intavir, Bordeaux liquid.
Biological products Fitosporin, Trichodermin are non-toxic to humans. They help fight fungal diseases of the culture.
The main danger for Hell's strawberries is strawberry mites. They appear in warm and humid weather. Insects do not gnaw berries, but suck the juices from the bushes. This adversely affects the appearance of the strawberries and also reduces the formation of berries. To treat bushes from ticks, acaricidal agents are used. Spraying is carried out several times per season:
- in early spring, when foliage is actively appearing on the bushes;
- during the budding period;
- after the appearance of ovaries;
- in the fall, after picking the last berries.
Suitable for processing are Tiovit Jet, Actellik, Karbofos, Vertimek, Fitoverm, etc.
Attention! Spraying is carried out three times per season, maintaining an interval of 7-10 days.
In early spring, you can use boiling water treatment of bushes. The procedure is carried out until new foliage appears. Water heated to 70 ° C is poured into the center of the bush. This allows you to kill ticks that crawl out after hibernation at a soil temperature of about +5 ° C.
Strawberry weevil - small pest 2-3 mm long
The insect hibernates under leaf litter, eats young leaves in spring, and lays eggs inside the bud.
The sawfly is also dangerous for strawberries. It damages the leaves, nibbling them to the state of lace. The plant is weakened and may suffer from fungal or viral infections.
Slugs are a danger to berries. They eat the fruits that are on the ground. Slugs are collected by hand, and in case of mass appearance, the soil is sprinkled with needles or crushed nut shells.
Advantages and disadvantages of the variety
Hell's strawberries are appreciated by gardeners for long-term fruiting and fragrant berries.
The variety has a lot of positive qualities. But before planting, you should also familiarize yourself with the shortcomings of culture.
In the second wave, the strawberries are much smaller than in the first.
Disease and pest resistance
In regions with little snowy winters and unfavorable conditions, it needs shelter
Good frost resistance
Hell's strawberry is a light-loving plant. Therefore, open areas are chosen for growing crops. The soil should be loose, fertile. Clay areas are not suitable for Ada strawberries.
Leave 30-40 cm between the bushes, 50-60 cm between the rows.
Repaired varieties are demanding on growing conditions and care. Features of cultivation:
- If it is necessary to get a re-crop a little earlier, then the first spring flower stalks should be removed. This procedure allows you to achieve larger berries of the second wave.
- Regular fruiting leads to the fact that the life of the bushes is reduced. Therefore, it is necessary to take care of updating the beds. Do this in the second or third season after planting the first bushes. Strawberries of this variety give a lot of whiskers, so there are no problems with reproduction. But you can't let the process take its course either.
Strong thickening of the beds contributes to the development of fungal diseases
- Timely application of top dressing allows you to increase productivity, as well as extend the life of the bushes.
- Good precursors for Ada strawberries: garlic, carrots, beans, peas, radishes, beets, onions. A bed after potatoes, cucumbers, eggplants is not the best option for culture.
Strawberry Ada is a large-fruited variety with extended fruiting. With proper care, it gives two crops per season. Not suitable for commercial cultivation, since no more than 300 g of strawberries are obtained from each bush. Berries are used fresh and for winter harvesting.
Reviews of gardeners about Hell's strawberries
Violetta Andreeva, 45 years old, Krasnodar
I've been growing Hell's strawberries for several years. The variety is liked by the fact that it allows you to pick berries almost all summer and even in autumn, until the first frost. The yield is low, so 2-3 more varieties need to be planted on the site, so that there is enough fresh berries to eat and the jam for the winter.
Lena Maikovskaya, 32 years old, Novocherkassk
I always wanted to plant repair strawberries. I saw the grade of Ada at my acquaintances. The berries are pleasant to the taste, with a seductive strawberry aroma. I planted a dozen bushes in my country house. Now children eat fresh strawberries all summer. There is not enough for winter harvesting, so next year I will plant another variety with a high yield rate.