EVALUATION OF THE LOCAL GREEK SWEET CHERRY CULTIVAR 'VASILIADI' COMPARED TO THE CULTIVAR 'FERROVIA'
Sweet cherry trees (Prunus avium L.) of the cultivars Vasiliadi and Ferrovia were grafted on wild cherry seedling rootstock (mazzard), trained as a typical vase shape and planted at distances 6x6 m apart. The evaluation was done for 5 consecutive years. Trees of Vasiliadi are vigorous (more vigorous than Ferrovia), with an upright growth habit. The flower density of Vasiliadi is high, similar to Ferrovia. Both cultivars have an average of three flowers per fruit bud. The flowering of the cultivars Ferrovia and Vasiliadi starts at April 5 and 6, respectively. The trees require cross-pollination. Vasiliadi sweet cherry is a mid-season, high-quality sweet cherry cultivar that matures 5 days earlier than Ferrovia. Productivity and mean fruit weight of Vasiliadi were higher than Ferrovia. The fruit of Vasiliadi are large, symmetrical, and kidney-shaped. Fruit of Vasiliadi are juicy, sweet when mature, and have good eating quality. Total soluble solids of Vasiliadi were higher than Ferrovia, whereas firmness was lower. Vasiliadi fruit are attractive with mahogany skin color and pink-red flesh.
Chatzicharissis, I., Kazantzis, K., Sotiropoulos, T. and Koutinas, N. (2013). EVALUATION OF THE LOCAL GREEK SWEET CHERRY CULTIVAR 'VASILIADI' COMPARED TO THE CULTIVAR 'FERROVIA'. Acta Hortic. 981, 119-122
Prunus avium, cultivar description, fruit breeding