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Graham Rice Garden writer and plantsman Northamptonshire and Pennsylvania

Editor-in-Chief of the RHS Encyclopedia of Perennials; writer for a wide range of newspapers and magazines including The Garden and The Plantsman; member of the RHS Herbaceous Plant Committee and Floral Trials Committee; author of many books on plants and gardens.

  • Date Joined: 18 Oct 2006

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Strawberry ‘Fenella’: New and British bred

Posted by Graham Rice on 23 Oct 2011 at 10:49 AM

Strawberry 'Fenella' - new, tasty and British bred. Image ©MeiosisSome gardeners don’t really think very much about which strawberry varieties they grow. But in terms of appearance and yield and flavour and disease-resistance it can make an enormous difference.

Many of our top strawberries - for gardeners, supermarkets and greengrocers - have been bred in Britain and the latest, ‘Fenella’, looks to be a valuable addition to our home-grown fruit range. This is a late season variety, cropping from late June to late July, so extending the strawberry season after most varieties.

The vigorous plants are leafy and combine a compact habit with long stems holding the trusses of fruit so the fruits tend to be held outside the foliage so are easy to pick. ‘Fenella’ produces a heavy yield of large glossy, orange-red berries which are juicy and well flavoured. Another valuable feature is disease resistance, the plants have built in resistance to verticillium wilt and crown rot. They also have a rather waxy skin which is not easily damaged and will not be spoiled by thunderstorms.

‘Fenella’ was developed at East Malling Research in Kent, and is a cross between two of their unnamed strawberries. It was first selected in 2001 and has been undergoing extensive assessment and trialing before being introduced.

You can order Strawberry ‘Fenella’ from these RHS Plant Finder nurseries.


Keengard said:

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on 08 Nov 2011 at 11:46 AM