Murano is the newest day neutral variety of the CIV program

Fruit colour: Big fruits, light red, glossy attractive fruits. Also the internal colour is red with a small cavity, making it very well suited for catering purposes.

Flavour: The flavour of Murano is very well appreciated by a large range of customers. The sweet/acidity balance is perfect and invites for more consumption.

Shelf life - commercial quality: Murano has a good firmness, even under hot glasshouse conditions in summer.

Due to the big and uniform fruit size, the fruits have a very nice presentation in the punnets.

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

For bare rooted frigo plants, a 4 year rotation is applied with suitable inter crops, guaranteeing top healthy plants.

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 the 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 to produce strawberry fruits with a minimized use of chemicals, strongly reducing residue levels.

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

Cropping technique: CIV has an intensive trial network to develop and optimize crop management in various systems and conditions.

CIV cooperates with several advisory teams to build up the know-how on the new varieties.

Yields and cropping profile: Murano is highly productive and has a long and uniform cropping profile. CIV has invested in characterizing the cropping profiles of different plant types in different systems and conditions enabling growers to optimize their supply planning.

Plant types: Seen the wide range of cropping systems in which Murano can be grown, a wide range of plant types is available (frigo plants, minitray and tray, modules). The optimal plant type is depending on the cropping system, desired production window and other parameters.

Second year crop: For economic reasons it becomes more and more necessary to be able to keep a crop for a second year. Murano can be very successfully cropped into a second year, using a stable coir substrate. In addition, Murano starts to produce up to 10 days earlier in the second year, giving nice and big fruits.

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

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

Typical for Murano is the regularity of the fruit without misshapen fruits or green tips.

Murano glasshouse production: Excellent results are obtained with glasshouse production using Murano, planted end December. With only one planting (!) production starts the second week of March and lasts until October. When planted in December in glasshouse, Murano is as early as Clery!!

Furthermore, due to the regularity in cropping, an integrated pest management gives good results.

Murano summer glasshouse production: Another 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 Murano, producing from end May till end October.

Other facts about Murano

Plant passport - Plant health: The nurseries that are licensed to grow CIV varieties have to follow strict phytosanitary procedures according to the Italian law. Each box of plants delivered to the growers is individually labelled with a label including the plant passport and a unique barcode. With this barcode not only the details of the plants delivered to the grower can be traced but also all the details of the previous plant generations. This system is unique and the most advanced in Europe as well as independently certified by Sincert.