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Strawberry "Polka", or "Polka", is a variant of the Dutch selection. In Poland, this variety was widespread thirty years ago, but is still one of the most popular and demanded among amateur gardeners. The Polka hybrid form was developed almost forty years ago by well-known breeders from the Netherlands. The variety was obtained by crossing such very popular and sought-after Dutch varieties as Unduka and Sivetta.
Garden strawberry "Polka" forms bushes quite high, well leafy and powerful. A moderate amount of mustache on each plant is characteristic. The average height of the berry bush does not exceed 12-14 cm. Along with most other large-fruited varieties, Polka has a tendency to overgrow rather quickly.
The stem part is high, not thick enough, with a slight pubescence. The leaves are not too large, dark green in color, with a characteristic sheen. Pronounced wrinkling is observed. The shape of erect leaves is triple. Peduncles have a fairly high location, moderately powerful, easily hold medium-sized berries.
“Polka” forms berries of bright red color with a very characteristic glossy surface. The commodity berry is quite large, has an average weight of 45-60 g. The shape of the berry is conical. Formed crop of heterogeneous size. On the cut, the pulp is very juicy, pinkish in color, without cavities or voids.
The description of the variety by the originator, as well as the reviews of gardeners in different countries allow us to give a high tasting assessment of the berries of this variety - 4.3 points. The variety perfectly withstands minor frosts and is very often grown in the southern regions and in the areas with a mild climate as an undisguised berry crop.
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Advantages and disadvantages
Strawberries called “Polka” have a large number of advantages that make this rather old variety popular today:
- the variety is very productive and forms a consistently good crop, regardless of weather conditions;
- rather high density and elasticity of the berry make the harvested transportable;
- with a sufficient number of sunny days, by the end of the season, the taste of ripe berries acquires a very bright caramel shade;
- external attractiveness and excellent taste allow you to realize the harvest at a high market value;
- extremely unpretentious variety, it is very rarely affected by such common berry diseases as powdery mildew and gray rot;
- almost never affected by garden ticks;
- optimal indicators of drought tolerance of plants allow to limit the number of irrigation and reduce water consumption;
- the harvested ripe berries are equally good both fresh and for freezing or canning.
"Polka" is practically devoid of flaws, but during cultivation, special attention should be paid to preventive measures aimed at protecting the berry culture from verticillosis and root system diseases.
Features and rules of care
Strawberries, or garden strawberries, Polka are unpretentious, and it’s not difficult to care for them. Watering is recommended twice a week. During cultivation, the propagation features of this variety should be taken into account. Adult plants give out a very short mustache, which quickly grows in close proximity to the mother's bushes.
You can feed the berry only two times in the summer, once in the spring and once during the preparation of plants for winter. At the stage of flowering and setting the berries, it is desirable to process the berry bushes with the Ryazanochka tool. Such an event protects well from damage by fungal infections and has a beneficial effect on immunity and overall productivity.
Planting garden strawberries of this variety can be carried out in the period from the last decade of August to October. Very well, the plant reproduces by young, rooted rosettes. When performing autumn planting, plants quickly adapt and early bear fruiting. Soil should be enriched with organic and complex fertilizers. It is recommended that the soil be cultivated before planting against the main pathogenic microflora.
“Polka” has sufficient frost resistance, therefore, it will not be necessary to carry out any special shelter activities for the winter period. True, in the more northern regions it is advisable to mulch the berry, which will allow the plants to survive the winter cold without loss.
We also offer you to get acquainted with the varietal characteristics of strawberries "Mittens".
How to care for strawberries
Most gardeners speak of Polka strawberries with great warmth. Fans of this culture note very good taste qualities of berries and an increased demand for it as an industrial grade. All berries are very smooth, dark red in color, have a caramel-sweet taste and pronounced aroma. Good transportability allows you to grow berries for further sale.
By most of its qualitative characteristics, the Polka variety has great similarity to the Malinka variety. Berries even at the stage of milk ripeness have a very sweet, fragrant pulp and very tasty. However, at present, one should not expect outstanding results from this variety; therefore, the Polka strawberry is gradually being superseded by younger and more promising varieties.