Malling Fruits is urging growers to get plant orders in early for Malling Ace as the variety is seeing unprecedented interest – forward orders are already being made for the 2025 growing season.
Launched at Fruit Focus in July 2021, everbearing Malling Ace has exceptional fruit quality, matching that of the best June-bearer varieties, and is proving to be the variety of choice for those wishing to adopt that growing system.
Tom Pearson, from Hugh Lowe Farms in Kent, comments about the variety, “Malling Ace has a good balance between generative and vegetive growth so needs only moderate input to manage the canopy. We have implemented a robust disease plan covering climate, nutrition, site selection and crop protection, so we have seen minimal issues. Fruit size has been superb and picking productivity great with very high % Class 1. It’s an attractive berry with very good eating quality.”
Bart Jongenelen, based at the Delphy Innovate Soft Fruit Centre in the Netherlands, also positively comments, “We’re producing Malling Ace for a second year. It has some great traits like excellent fruit shape and fruit size. Taste and production-wise it also performs excellently. We had Malling Ace on the tabletops in 2020 and 2021, with the experience being positive, we have decided to make Malling Ace one of our main everbearing varieties for non-breeding related trials.”
Will Roberts, Business Development Manager at NIAB says, “There is clearly a remarkable level of interest in Malling Ace. As more growers experience this great new variety, we will doubtless see that interest continue to rise.”
Plants of Malling Ace are available from a wide range of commercial propagators with more information available at mallingfruits.com
Malling Fruits has a long pipeline of potential new varieties in trial covering strawberries, raspberries, blackberries, cherries, apples, and fruit tree rootstocks.