Malling™ Centenary

The standard for strawberry quality
A large-fruited June-bearer with exceptional fruit quality

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Fruit quality

Malling™ Centenary has excellent overall fruit quality, with firm, attractive berries with very regular shape and excellent flavour. Fruit size is excellent with 60-65% of berries produced being >35mm. This trait, combined with its upright plant habit, good fruit display and high % Class 1, allows for rapid harvesting and reduced picking costs.

Production period

Malling™ Centenary is an early-mid season June-bearer, typically cropping four days ahead of Elsanta in the UK.

Growth habit

The variety produces good plants with a similar vigour to Elsanta, but with bigger leaves. Malling™ Centenary has faster picking, with speeds of 30-40 kg/hr common on tabletop systems. It is also suitable for glasshouse and protected outside production.

Disease resistance

Malling™ Centenary has intermediate resistance to powdery mildew, however, the variety is susceptible to root diseases and this should be considered when selecting production sites and plant treatments.

Malling™ Centenary (a) comparative yields (Class 1 g/plant) and (b) % Class 1 fruit (>25mm) from a programmed cropping (60-day) and main crop trial using tray plants grown in coir substrate under protection in the UK

Cropping patterns of Malling™ Centenary and Elsanta in trials at NIAB EMR.

Comparative mean Class 1 yield (t/ha), picking costs (£/kg) and percentage waste from a commercial planting of Malling™ Centenary and Elsanta in the UK using tray plants grown in coir substrate under protection.

  Class 1 yield (t/ha) Picking cost (£/kg) Waste (%)
Elsanta 27.47 0.56 15
Malling Centenary 27.1 0.43 <1

Mean fruit quality values from a main crop trial using tray plants grown in coir substrate under protection in the UK, where 1=poor and 9=excellent and actual Brix (°)

Year of release: 2013

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