Pegasus

  • Season: Mid-late season
  • Main characteristic/s: Excellent shelf life and good disease resistance
  • Breeder: NIAB EMR, UK
Characteristics of Pegasus
  • Mid-late season cropping
  • Very attractive berries
  • Good shelf life
  • Resistance shown to the common root diseases
Cropping Season
3-7 days later than Elsanta

Fruit Quality
The berries are very attractive with a regular shape and bright, glossy skin finish. The skin is strong, giving good resistance to damage during handling. The texture is juicy and the flavour pleasantly sweet, but not strong.

Fruit Yield
In trials Pegasus has consistently produced a class 1 yield within 10% either side of that for Elsanta. Fruit size is also similar to Elsanta and it is maintained well in the second cropping year.

Plant Characteristics
The plants are moderately vigorous with an erect habit. The fruit is well displayed and easy to pick. Best trial results have been obtained where Pegasus has been grown on medium or heavy soils.

Disease Resistance
Pegasus has a good level of resistance to both wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum). It has some race specific resistance to red core (Phytophthora fragariae). It is moderately susceptible to powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis) but other airborne fungal leaf diseases have not been observed to cause problems in field plantings. The inherent disease resistance of Pegasus means that it can be grown satisfactorily using a lower input system than that necessary for Elsanta.

Use of the Variety
Pegasus is a dessert variety and is particularly useful where there are problems with wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and/or crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum).

Plant Supply
Pegasus is a non-protected variety. Pegasus is available from the following licensed propagators:

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