Agriculture: Strawberry Pest Management Guidelines

Characteristics of Public Strawberry Cultivars Commonly Grown in California

Cultivar Day length Planting season Region1 Supplemental storage2 Fruit characteristics Plant characteristics Susceptibility to pests and disorders3
Albion neutral fall CC 10 to 18 days large; excellent flavor; red internal and external color moderately vigorous plant; high productivity, very long season; avoid overchilling, which causes excessive runner production tolerant of Verticillium and Phytophthora; moderately susceptible to powdery mildew
Cabrillo neutral fall CC 10 to 21 days good appearance, large, good flavor vigorous, extremely high productivity moderately susceptible to Fusarium and Verticillium
Camarosa short fall CC, SC none to 7 days large; good flavor; excellent shelf life; good for fresh market and freezer pack; relatively resistant to rain damage vigorous plant; high-yielding; early production; adapted to early fall planting tendency to produce misshapen fruit; susceptible to Verticillium
Camino Real short fall CC 7 to 14 days large; very good flavor; highly tolerant of rain damage not early; compact plant that needs adequate nursery chilling; good cultivar for Santa Maria Valley sensitive to sulfur sprays; moderately tolerant to Phytophthora and highly tolerant to Verticillium
Chandler short summer SJV NA medium size; very good flavor; somewhat tender skin; soft when temperatures are high moderate yields
Diamante neutral fall CC, SC 10 to 21 days large; very good flavor; light color; sensitive to rain damage moderately vigorous plant; high productivity; long season, open canopy, easy harvest highly susceptible to Phytophthora
Fronteras short fall CC, SC 3 to 7 days very large fruit, good flavor, excellent fruit appearance vigorous, very high yield highly tolerant to Fusarium, Macrophomina and Verticillium
Monterey neutral fall CC 3 to 14 days large, good flavor vigorous, high productivity susceptible to powdery mildew, Fusarium and Macrophomina, moderately tolerant to Verticillium
Portola neutral fall/summer CC, SC 7 to 14 days large, fair flavor, lighter red color vigorous, high productivity tolerant to Fusarium, moderately tolerant to Macrophomina, highly susceptible to Verticillium
San Andreas neutral fall CC 10 to 16 days large, good flavor vigorous, high productivity tolerant to Fusarium and Verticillium and moderately tolerant to Macrophomina
Ventana short fall CC, SC none to 7 days large; good flavor; good color but lighter than Camarosa; relatively resistant to rain damage vigorous plant with heavy early production; adapted to early fall planting; good pollinator under ad-verse weather conditions; excellent for winter to spring fresh market susceptible to Phytophthora; fruit is susceptible to powdery mildew
— = Information not available             NA = not applicable
1 CC = Watsonville/Salinas and Santa Maria Valley
SC = South Coast region from San Diego to Ventura County
SJV = San Joaquin Valley
2 Approximate amount of chilling at 34° F (1° C) after fall digging needed for optimal vigor, yield, and fruit quality.
3 Tolerance or susceptibility is a measure of the impact of an infection on strawberry cultivar fitness; it is measured in terms of plant performance.

Acknowledgments: This table presents information on University of California cultivars. For privately-developed cultivars, information may be available from the company. Prepared with information from K.D. Larson, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis, South Coast Research & Extension Center, Irvine; D. V. Shaw, Dept. of Plant Sciences, UC Davis; M. P. Bolda, UC Cooperative Extension, Santa Cruz Co.; and O. Daugovish, UC Cooperative Extension, Ventura Co.

Text Updated: 07/18