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The Soft Fruit Plants (Scotland) Order 1991

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5.  Strawberry plants of the Elite grade (E) shall–

(a)(i)be stock or derived from stock certified at Super Elite grade or higher during the previous growing season; or

(ii)be stock or derived from stock certified at Elite grade during the previous growing season but which was not more than one generation removed from Super Elite grade; or

(iii)be any other approved stock;

(b)be eligible for certification at Elite grade for two generations only;

(c)not be more than two years old;

(d)be grown in the year entered for certification by a person whose facilities and planting arrangements are acceptable to the Secretary of State;

(e)not be grown on land on which strawberry Red Core disease (Phytophthora fragariae) or raspberry Root Rot disease (Phytophthora megasperma) has been known to occur or be present in the vicinity;

(f)not be grown on land which is subject to a Notice served or continued under the Plant Health (Great Britain) Order 1987 in respect of infection by Wart Disease of potatoes or Potato Cyst Nematode;

(g)not be grown on land which has grown strawberries during the two years immediately prior to planting;

(h)not be subject to any fungicidal treatments for the control of strawberry Red Core disease;

(i)be grown in the block or strip system with runners trained inwards;

(j)be inspected twice during the growing season by inspectors;

(k)be kept at all times in the year of certification–

(i)at least 4 metres from stocks of the same or other varities entered for Elite certification;

(ii)at least 100 metres from all other strawberry stocks;

(iii)at least 100 metres from raspberry stocks infected with soil-borne virus to which the variety entered is susceptible;

(l)be de-blossomed before fruits set;

(m)be kept free from aphid infestation by a suitable spray programme;

(n)not be rogued prior to the first inspection;

(o)be rogued subsequent to the first inspection only at the discretion of the inspector;

(p)be clearly labelled by variety;

(q)be true to type;

(r)be kept in a reasonable state of cultivation.

6.  The standards of purity and health for Elite grade strawberry plants shall be–

  • Purity: 100%

  • Health:


    100% free from strawberry Red Core disease;


    100% free from soil-borne virus diseases;


    99.5% free from visible symptoms of other virus diseases;


    99.5% free from nematode infestation;


    substantially free from other pests and diseases.

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