- Season: Exceptionally late cropping season
- Main characteristic/s: June bearer
- Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Judibell
- Exceptionally late cropping season, 35 days after Elsanta
- Resistance shown to Verticillium wilt and crown rot
- Partial resistance to powdery mildew
Judibell has an exceptionally late season with 50% harvest typically 35 days later than Elsanta. This late cropping is the result of Judibell having an extended period of dormancy. In most seasons the plants remain dormant until mid-May in southern England.
Plants produce a moderate yield and fruit size is similar to Elsanta.
In tests at East Malling Research plants showed good resistance to wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum) combined with partial resistance to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) and black spot (Colletotrichum acutatum).
Use of the Variety
The exceptionally late season of Judibell gives it a unique slot in the cropping calendar, being later than Sophie and Pandora. The variety has good all round disease resistance and should perform well in traditional, low input growing systems. In southern England most production will typically occur in the second half of July and Judibell thus offers growers a convenient opportunity for extending their season after Florence. This is particularly useful for growers in the pick your own and direct sales sector.
Judibell is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 21937). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Judibell without a licence is prohibited. Only Propagation Licence holders can propagate and receive propagation grade material (and not Sales or Growing-on Transformation Licence holders). Judibell is available from the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders