Capri

Everbearing and astonishing

Capri is one of the newest day neutral varieties of the CIV program

Fruit colour: light red, glossy attractive fruits

Flavour: Capri has an optimal brix to acidity balance, giving it a very nice and sweet flavour in combination with the desire to eat more fruit!

Shelf life: Capri produces very firm fruits and has been reported in many trials to have one of the best shelf life characteristics, which are also maintained in hot summer conditions. Thanks to this excellent firmness and top shelf life characteristics Capri was in 2012 exported from Northern Europe to Asian top markets!

Picking frequency: Due to its excellent firmness and shelf life, Capri can be picked once every 5 days. The plant structure as well makes harvesting easy, further reducing picking costs.

Pests and diseases: As a typical CIV variety, Capri has a strong natural disease resistance. Up to date, no issues with root diseases and mildew have been reported.

Fertigation: CIV varieties are environmentally low impact varieties and have to be grown with lower N levels and EC than standard varieties. Also the EC in irrigation and drain water has to be low, reducing fertilizer input and leaching to ground water aquifers.

Environmental impact: CIV varieties are bred to enable strawberry production in low environmental impact and sustainable production systems.

The low N requirement avoids N leaching to ground water layers.

The natural disease resistance enables the production of strawberry fruits with a minimized use of chemicals, strongly reducing residue levels.

The long and uniform cropping profile of Capri combined with the natural resistance makes it very well suited for integrated crop management systems.

Cropping technique: To develop and optimize crop management in various systems and conditions, CIV has an intensive trial network. CIV cooperates with several advisory teams to build up the know-how on the new varieties.

Yields and cropping profile: Capri is very productive and high yielding.  CIV has invested in characterizing the cropping profiles of different plant types in different systems and conditions enabling growers to optimize their supply planning.

Furthermore, when necessary for economic reasons, Capri can be very easily cropped into a second year, even resulting in a 10 days earlier production.

Plant types: Seen the wide range of cropping systems in which Capri can be grown, a wide range of plant types is available (bare rooted frigo A+, A and B, trays and minitrays, modules). The optimal plant type depends on the cropping system, the desired production window, the achievable growing degree hours and other parameters.

Capri can be grown in different cropping systems: table tops, soil and glasshouses

Capri table top production: Nowadays, a yearly increasing area of Capri is grown on table tops. With plantings in early March, a first flush of fruit is picked in June. The crop continues until late in the season, depending on weather conditions. 

For table top production, bare rooted frigo plants A+, A or B can be used. From B plants the first flower should be removed. From A plants the first flowers are sometimes removed, depending on the crop development. The first flush of fruits can be picked after 12000 growing degree hours (GDH). Depending on the intensity of the first flush a dip in production follows. This dip is more pronounced when the first flush was heavier.

Capri glasshouse production: In the glasshouse we have two possible scenarios, both giving excellent results with Capri.

In the first option, Capri is already planted at the end of December. With only one planting (!) production starts in the second half of March (15000-16000 GDH after planting) and lasts until October.

Using general West-EU conditions and heating around March 20-25 , a December planting allows to achieve a less wavy and more flat production profile. Other factors like chilling hours, night breaking light and heating strategy also play an important role in this. 

Capri summer glasshouse production: The other option is to combine an early crop with a summer glasshouse production. The CIV variety Clery has become a popular variety in very early heated glasshouse production in Belgium and the Netherlands, with production starting half February using assimilation light and half March with conventional heating. If planted in December, the first production flush of Clery is finished around April 20 and can be followed by a summer crop of Capri. Often, Capri is already planted in the beginning of April in a second set of substrate containers, which are then switched with the finished Clery crop.  The Capri crop starts yielding after about 12000 GDH (usually end of May) and keeps going until the end of October.

With this combination of a high value early spring crop and a low cost summer production, yields of more than 15 kg/m² can be achieved. 

Other facts about Capri

Capri in catering: Capri is loved for its distinctive cone shape, juicy but deliciously firm bite, rich red colour and balanced aromatic flavour.

Its firmness allows to slice it in advance and to use it in new fascinating dishes. Michelin Star chef Andy Mac Fadden from the London l’ Autre Pied designed several exciting dishes with Capri.

Media campaign and publicity: During the spring of 2013 CIV launched a wide media campaign for Capri. Many publicity items are available to support the marketing of Capri.

* Patented by CIV (Consorzio Italiano Vivaisti)

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