Strawberry plants

ELSANTA

“ONE OF THE MOST CULTIVATED VARIETIES”

  • Versatile
  • Easy to pick fruits
  • Firm fruits with a good flavour
  • Long shelf life
  • Susceptible to some diseases and frost

The variety

Elsanta produces firm strawberries with a good shelf life. Its high yield,  firmness and long shelf life make Elsanta extremely suitable for both growers and the trade. The large fruits have a good flavour with a strong strawberry aroma. Currently, some 90% of the strawberries grown in the Netherlands are Elsanta. Elsanta is grown in large parts of Europe. The firm and conical fruits have a shiny, red colour. The fruit is red inside, but its core remains white. The crown is firmly attached to the fruit. Elsanta’s fruit has a strong skin. This makes it less sensitive to pressure sores, and thus very suitable for eating fresh. The yield of Elsanta is high to very high and can be compared to that of Sonata. The fruits are easy to pick because they are robust and the plants have long and sturdy in orescences. The small sepals are characteristic.

The cultivation

Elsanta can be used for all types of cultivation, indoor as well as outdoor, and from early to fairly late. The variety is also highly suitable for vegetable gardens. Elsanta is grown in large parts of Europe. However, in contrast to Sonata, Polka and Korona, Elsanta is sensitive to winter frost. This variety is susceptible to the following diseases: wilt (Verticillium), crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum), red core disease (Phytophthora fragariae) and fruit rot (Colletotrichum). Elsanta is somewhat susceptible to mildew (Sphaerotheca mac.).

Harvest and sales

Elsanta is characterised by its long and sturdy inflorescences, fairly large flowers and its robust and wide fruits. The stamens of the first flowers tend to be somewhat weaker than those of later flowers, that often have fairly well to well-developed stamens. Elsanta’s ripening period is of an average length. When continuously cultivated, Elsanta ripens an average of two days earlier than Sonata. If grown in the field, Elsanta is usually one or two days earlier than Sonata. In a 60-day culture, the harvest is more concentrated than that of Sonata, as a result of which the fruits soon become smaller. The percentage of deformed fruits is higher than that of Sonata, especially if grown in early spring. The class I share for Sonata is also higher than that for Elsanta.