• Season: Mid-late season
  • Main characteristic/s: Very high class 1 yields
  • Breeder: NIAB-EMR, UK
Characteristics of Sasha
  • Mid-late season
  • Very high fruit yields
  • Large berries
  • Sweet and juicy
Cropping Season
In the main-crop year the season is intermediate between Elsanta and Florence. Sasha has the advantage of a longer harvesting season than Elsanta or Sonata.

Fruit Quality
Attractive berries with regular shape, good colour and acceptable flavour. Shelf life slightly better than Elsanta but fruit is less glossy. Berries are attractively heart shaped and mid-red in colour but can have a downy finish if grown outdoors. The skin has similar strength to Elsanta with a firm flesh. The berries maintain a good size through the season. Flavour is sweet and juicy, but occasionally weaker in hot weather. Brix levels are slightly higher than Elsanta.

Fruit Yield
Sasha crops very heavily producing a high percentage of large berries. Well suited for 60-day production. Sasha performs very well in table-top systems when it will produce excellent yields from a relatively low planting density. In trials it has performed particularly well in glasshouse production, with high yields of large, uniform high quality berries

Plant Characteristics
Tall, erect plants with well displayed fruit. Excellent flower quality with good pollen production. More vigorous than Elsanta.

Disease Resistance
Susceptible to wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and powdery mildew (Podosphaera aphanis). It is important to keep close control of powdery mildew, which is most easily achieved in glasshouse or tunnel production.

Plant Supply
Sasha is protected under Community EU PVR Grant No. EU29533. The propagation and sale of plants, or parts of plants, of Sasha 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). Sasha is available from the following licensed propagators:

Trial Results
Raised bed production
Glasshouse substrate production: