Cultivar Information

Flower type = Female
Berry color = Pink/Bronze
Year introduced = 1988
Variety protection = Patented


'Darlene' was released and patented by Ison's Nursery in 1988. Plant patent #7314, Sept. 4, 1990. The listed pedigree is 5-11-3 x 'Carlos'.


'Darlene' is a female variety capable of producing very large berries. Often, the berries vary quite a bit in size. Color is pinkish, similar to the 'Carlos' parent. We found the flavor and fruit quality of 'Darlene' to be pretty good. Appearance could be marginal as the fruit were often a dirty pink with brown splotches. Stem scar was usually wet, making it difficult to market. Yields were inconsistent and low, and for this reason we do not recommend this cultivar for commercial plantings.



Average Berry Quality in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Berry weight (g) Berry diameter (mm) Soluble solids (%)
Darlene 16.3 29 15.1
Fry 12.7 27 15.3
Supreme 17.7 31 13.9

Cultivar Attributes in Tifton, GA Trials

Cultivar Vine vigor Leaf disease Berry rot % Full crop Harvest period Ripening % Dry scar
Darlene high slight Slight 40% midseason even 20%
Fry medium slight slight 70% midseason even 30%
Supreme medium slight none 90% midseason uneven 60%