Jive

Jive
Productivity:
5
Taste:
3
Earliness:
2
Disease resistance:
3
Shelf life:
5
Firmness:
5
Jive is a late June bearer with large, firm and very shiny orange-red strawberries. Such well-shaped and attractive strawberries are quite special for a late variety such as Jive. The strawberries ripen slowly and the harvest is an average of 7 to 10 days later than for Sonata. The plant is robust and has a striking dark-green colour. Few runners are formed, which means that most of the plant’s energy is immediately available for the formation of fruits and clusters.
 
Characteristics of Jive
• Late variety
• High yield
• Beautiful orange-red fruits
• Long shelf life
• Big fruits
 
Jive is suitable for the cooler climates zone in Western Europe, primarily north of the Alps. It is an alternative for Florence in normal and frigo cultures and also an interesting variety for waiting bed cultures and table top production in the summer in the Netherlands, Belgium and Great Britain. Jive is more resistant to heat stress than Sonata and forms a plant before clusters start to develop even at higher temperatures. As a result, the size of the fruit is more consistent and it still remainspossible to harvest the strawberries easily and quickly.
 
Fruit quality
Jive forms large fleshy fruits with an attractive strawberry aroma. The texture of the fruit is quite fleshy and feels fuller than usual. The strawberries are uniform and generally elongated with a somewhat broad and flattened point. The shiny and beautiful orange-red colour is quite striking and unique, in particular for the group of late-bearing varieties of which Jive as a member. The slow ripening of the fruits results in an average fruit weight that is significantly greater than for Sonata. The fruits are also firmer and less fragile, and bruising is usually hardly ever seen. The fruits attain their final colour quite slowly, making it possible to leave them on the plants longer and to delay the harvest period somewhat. The strawberries are also fairly resistant to rain.
 
Flowering and picking period
The quality of the flowers produced by Jive is good. The flowers are coarse and produce a large amount of pollen, so that the percentage of misshapen fruits is quite low. The flowering period is clearly later than for Sonata. The number of flowers per cluster is lower, but this is compensated by the fact that jive produces more clusters. This results in a fairly
extended harvest period that is quite well distributed. The clusters usually remain just beneath the leaves. The optimum harvest time is when the fruits are orange-red.
 
Productivity
The yield with Jive is significantly higher than for Sonata. The variety is fairly easy to pick but not quite as easy as Sonata, as the fruit stems are more solid. However, due to the solid, open and vertical alignment of the plants and the high fruit weight, little extra work is required in terms of picking and the picking costs are not very high. Due to the good quality, shape and texture of the fruits, the amount of sorting work required is also relatively limited. 

 

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