There is no way out of it: producers must be highly specialized to grow soft fruit. There are so many variables that it is no longer possible to improvise. In addition, the most suitable varieties must be chosen depending on the area. This is what Battistini Vivai focuses on when it needs to set up a new orchard.
"Soft fruit is becoming increasingly popular, yet producers still need to be specialized and competent. Orchards are not cheap, so everything must be calculated down to the tiniest detail," explain Sandra Laghi and Romano Roncasaglia.
Sandra Laghi and Romano Roncasaglia
Battistini Vivai is an expert when it comes to raspberries, blueberries and blackberries. Over the past few years, the former have boomed thanks to varieties that adapt well to various parameters. The choice also depends on the type of crop, i.e. soil-less or in-soil.
"The best varieties lately include been Glen Dee, selected in Scotland. It is suitable to be cultivated in the north and has an appealing color and excellent flavor. Nonetheless, we need to stress that results may vary depending on the agronomic technique, especially when it comes to fertigation. The same applies to texture."
Among the remontant varieties, Dolomia Plus (in the photo) comes from the breeding program at Sant'Orsola. The texture is such that fruits could almost be harvested mechanically.
"Dolomia Plus has a high productivity with around 1.5 kg per plant. What is more, it has reached an excellent compromise between organoleptic quality and productivity. Plants are remontant and vigorous, harvesting is medium-early. Grades are good with an average weight of 5.1 grams per fruit." Amaranta is also interesting, with fruits weighing around 5.6 grams.
Battistini Vivai will attend Fruit Attraction Madrid, hall 3B stand 05D.