- 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
3-7 days later than Elsanta
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.
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).
Pegasus is a non-protected variety. Pegasus is available from the following licensed propagators:
Propagation Licence Holders
Sales Licence Holders
Growing-on / Transformation Licence Holders