Prime Giant cherry, was obtained by the Marvin Niess private investigator center in California (United States). The variety was obtained thanks to a cross made between Ruby and Garnet . Prime Giant is also called Sunana. The variety was brought to Spain and began to multiply before legal registration, losing rights. In Europe planted cherry trees without virus cleaning .
Curiosities: unfortunately, the presence of virosis in commercialized plants and the significant susceptibility to “Crinkle Leaf” produced a decrease in the production and quality of cherries. The variety was recently released from viruses and registered with the name Early Red in 2007
Characteristics of Prime Giant cherry
Flowering: Prime Giant cherry is self-sterile, making it necessary to use pollinator varieties. Alleles S1S3 (Group II). It blooms 1-2 days after Burlat, therefore, its flowering can be considered average (first week of April). Among others, you can pollinate with Brooks , Lapins and Frisco.
Maturation: Prime Giant, is early maturing, 10 days after Burlat.
Productivity: Prime Giant is a high productivity variety. However, trees damaged by the virus are not productive.
Vigor and carriage of the tree: Prime Giant tree has a medium-high vigor and is of erect bearing.
Prime Giant cherry, morphological characteristics
Size: The cherry variety Prime Giant, has a size thick or very thick. You can get sizes 28-30 mm.
Form: Prime Giant cherries have cordiform shape.
Skin color: Prime Giant cherry, available at maturity, in dark red.
Pulp Color: Prime Giant cherries have color Red.
Taste: Prime Giant tree produces cherries with a good taste, presenting a Brix rating of 18-20.
Firmness: The Prime Giant cherry is firm.
Resistance to cracking: it’s resistance to cracking is medium, its plantation being recommended under protection or in dry climates or not prone to precipitation during the development phase of the fruit
Cracked area: Cracking occurs especially in the peduncular area.
Length of the peduncle: Prime Giant Cherries have the peduncle of length media.
Does not release the peduncle.
Positive aspects: Cherry maturation early. Fruits of good quality.
Negative aspects: It is sensitive to cracking and may have a high incidence of double fruits (more than 20%). The plantations in European were contaminated with viruses. The cherry trees with low production and of bad quality.
A significant part of the information, has been disclosed by Spanish research organizations. The behavior of cherry tree varieties may be different depending on the growing place.