Calypso’s yield is above average and often exceeds Draper. Firm berries, upright plant structure, consistent ripening, and favorable release make the berries suitable for modern machine harvesters. Growers have found that Calypso also has a flexible harvest time and can remain on the plant longer before degradation.
Calypso has a minimum chill hour requirement of 1,000 hours. It may not be suitable for climates where the average summer temperature exceeds 85 degrees. Temperature during harvest and transition from field to cold chain will affect fruit firmness.
Examples of ideal regions to grow Calypso include Oregon’s Willamette Valley, Southern Oregon, Eastern Washington, Western Washington, Lower British Columbia, New Jersey, North Carolina, and Michigan.
Our early insights into the unique characteristics of the Calypso variety have given us a valuable perspective on good grower practices and the suitability of the variety in different growing conditions. We are happy to share observations with growers who are interested in adding the variety to their portfolio.