Nimba cherry was obtained by SMS UNLIMITED LLC, in California (United States). Its origin an unpublished crossing. Also named SMS 290. Community Plant Variety Office (CPVO) registered since 2013. The rights of exploitation of the variety, have duration until the year 2043. In Spain Viveros Ebro is the Authorized Editor for the commercialization of the variety.
Curiosities: It’s a very recent variety. Stands out for improvement r hardness, post-harvest life and flavor versus to other varieties of its time. Its good features, coupled with a variety of cherry collection extra-early make it possible to achieve a good sale prices for this variety.
Characteristics of the Nimba cherry
Flowering: The Nimba cherry, is self-sterile, and pollen crossing is necessary for fruit setting. It belongs to the Group IV (S 2 S 3 ). Among others, you can pollinate with Pacific Red (SMS-291) and SMS-280. Blooms 3-5 days before Burlat, therefore its flowering can be considered early (last week of March).
Productivity: The variety of cherry SMS-290, is considered a variety of very good productivity. Being a new variety, there are no studies that allow us to compare its productive capacity with other varieties. You have a quick start in production.
Vigor and carriage of the tree: Nimba tree has a medium vigor and is open bearing. The tree is easy to branch.
Nimba cherry, morphological characteristics
Size: Nimba cherries have a size very thick. You can get average sizes of 30 mm.
Form: Cherry variety Nimba has reniform shape.
Skin color: Nimba or SMS-290 , reaches maturity with an attractive dark red color.
Pulp color: Nimba cherries has pulp color Red.
Flavor: Nimba is a cherry variety with a good taste, it has a Brix rating of 16.
Firmness: Nimba cherries are firm. According to studies has 70 durofel, has a good firmness despite being an early collection cherry. This aspect together with its good post-harvest life make it a cherry suitable for export.
Cracked resistance: depending on the source consulted, similar to Early Bigi (little) or Burlat (media). In areas with a high risk of rain, it is highly advisable to install a roof or hire insurance.
Length of the peduncle: Nimba cherry, has a peduncle of size medium.
Does not release the peduncle.
Positive aspects: Suitable for export. Very early cherry. Fruit of good quality.
Negative aspects: Sensitive to cracking.
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