The Lapins Cherry, is a variety from the Summerland station in Canada. It was obtained by crossing Stella (first self-fertile variety) and Van (variety very used in crosses for its excellent characteristics), the year of obtaining was 1983, so Therefore, you can find patent-free.
Curiosities: Although Lapins is a cherry variety with more than 30 years of age. It has very high productivity and cracking resistance. Thanks to this, the Lapins plantation continues to advance in the Jerte Valley. The name is in honor of Professor F.Lapins, breeder of the first self-fertile cherry varieties.
Characteristics of the variety of cherry Lapins
Flowering: Lapins is self-fertile, and pollinators are not necessary. Its flowering time is early (last week of March). Group IX of pollinators. Lapins is take as universal pollinator.
Maturation: Lapins mature 24 days after Burlat. Lapins cherry is a late cherry.
Productivity: It is a variety of very high productivity, being probably the most productive variety that exists. Production studies carried out with Lapins cherry in plantations of 800 trees/ha show a potential of cherries production per hectare of 30 to 40 tons.
Vigor and carriage of the tree: Lapins is a variety of vigorous cherry with erect bearing. The erect bearing can hinder the opening of the tree, being necessary to carry out a pruning of suitable formation.
Cold hours: An IMIDA study indicates cold needs of 592 hours below 7ºC or 963 Cold Units According to Richardson (Utah).
Cherry Properties Lapins
Size: Lapins cherries have a medium-thick size (27-28mm).
Shape: Depending on the author, the variety of cherry Lapins has a flattened round shape or something elongated. In my opinion, the shape of Lapins is somewhat elongated.
Skin color: harvested with dark red skin.
Taste: Lapins cherries have a good flavor.
Firmness: Lapins is a firmn cherry.
Crack resistance: Presents good cracking resistance. It could be said that Lapins is tolerant to cracking, which makes it especially interesting for rainy climates, ensuring most of the production despite heavy rains.
Length of the peduncle: The length of the peduncle is medium in Lapins cherry.
According to the bibliography consulted, Lapins does not release peduncle. However, it is quite common to pick this cherry without a tail.
Positive aspects: Productivity very high, cracked resistance very good, self-fertile and does not require pollinators.
Negative aspects: Presents sensitivity to the monilia (the presence of large amount of fruit in contact with each other, reduces ventilation and promotes the appearance of monilia, being advisable to apply preventive fungicide treatments), fruit size can be depleted in high loads.
It is currently the most planted variety. Its high productivity can negatively influence prices by helping market saturation.
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A significant part of the information, comes from Spanish research organizations. The behavior of cherry tree varieties may be different depending on the growing place.