Lucy

  • Season: Mid-late season
  • Main characteristic/s: Large berry size; High fruit yields
  • Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Lucy
  • Mid-late season
  • Very high fruit yields
  • Large berry size
  • Useful level of resistance to crown rot
Cropping Season
The season of Lucy overlaps with Elsanta but peaks about one week later.

Fruit Quality
The fruit is firm and shelf-life is similar to Elsanta. The berries are attractive, with a glossy skin finish, good mid-red colour, a juicy texture and pleasant flavour. The primary fruits can be very large and irregular in shape, but subsequently the berries are uniformly heart shaped. In unprotected trials Lucy has proved to have good tolerance to rain.

Fruit Yield
Lucy is very high yielding with large fruit size. Lucy is a grower friendly variety that has produced excellent yields in trials conducted on pick-your-own farms and less intensive growing systems. It will give good production after the mid-season peak, particularly if grown on a late site.

Plant Characteristics
The plants are quite vigorous with well displayed fruit. Lucy is well suited for traditional field production without the use of polythene tunnels.

Disease Resistance
Tests conducted at East Malling Research have shown that Lucy has a useful level of resistance to crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum), but the plants are moderately susceptible to both verticillium wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis).

Plant Supply
Lucy is protected under Community (EU) Plant Variety Rights (Grant No. 32752). The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Lucy 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). Lucy is available from the following licensed propagators:

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