STRAWBERRY BREEDING IN FINLAND
A valuable, early ripening and winter hardy, selection has been obtained from the cross of the varieties 'Pocahontas' and 'Lihama'.
The wood strawberry, Fragaria vesca L., and the everbearing mutant, Fragaria vesca L. var. semperflorens (Duch.) Ser., are readily crossed. As a result of this cross a selection was developed, which has been released for cultivation under the variety name 'Minja'. The wood strawberry variety 'Minja' has vigorous growth and its winter hardiness is good. It produces runners in abundance thus facilitating its vegetative propagation. This variety can be regarded as an everbearing one. The picking time lasts up to two months. In spite of the small size of the berries they are highly esteemed for their flavour. 'Minja' is eminently suited for hobby and domestic growing.