Strawberries

Fragaria species
 
 
We offer many types of strawberries for the home gardener. Everbearing strawberry plants will produce bowls full of delicious fruit this summer from summer through fall. June bearing varieties produce large crops over a few week period usually in June. The June bearers will start to produce the second year. We offer the most flavorful strawberry varieties that are also disease resistant and easy to grow in your backyard. We don't offer the very large, flavorless varieties you often find in the supermarket.
 
Look for the delicious Lipstick variety if you want a great ornamental groundcover with pink flowers that also produces a few berries.
 
Musk Strawberries: The delicious Profumata di Tortona and Capron Musk strawberries  are the best tasting strawberries we have tasted. They come from Italy. They have a wonderful fragrance and a hint of raspberry or pineapple flavor. The fruits are roundish and about 2/3 they size of an average strawberry. They are sweet and soft. The first two years they don't produce much but then are very productive, cropping heavily though briefly in June. They make runners and a very effective groundcover. Plant 18 inches apart. Plant them with our male pollinizer plants for much better production. USDA Zones 5-10. .
 
Alpine Strawberries are a great ground cover for the edible landscape. They grow well in sun or shade. They spread from seeds, not runners, yet they  spread to make a great ground cover. Try the Alpine Yellow or the Rugen or Mingnonette red alpine selections. They don't need a pollenizer.

Useful Facts

Pollination: Each variety, except the musks,  is self-fertile.
Hardiness: Our June bearers are hardy to -15° F. Tri Star, Lipstick and Alpine strawberries are hardy to at least -30° F. Musks are hardy in USDA Zones 5-10.
Sun or shade: Full sun.
Plant spacing: 12 inches apart; in rows 18 inches apart.
Origin: Interbreeding between native North and South American species.
Method of propagation:  Seeds or runners.
Fruiting life:  2-3 years (Best to replant day neutrals after 2 years.) Alpines, musks,  and Lipstick last many years.
First fruit: Same year for everbearers. Most others the second year and each year thereafter.
Yield: 1/2 pound per plant.

How to Grow

Soil requirements: Rich, well drained, high in organic matter. Slightly acid, pH of 5-6. If drainage is poor, plant on mounds.
Day neutral requirements: Tri Star, Seascape and Eversweet are day neutral varieties because unlike the June bearers, day light length is not what determines fruit production. Plant by April 15 to get a good crop the first year. Remove the first blossoms from the day neutrals. Remove the runners during the first season. Pruning off runners will give you larger berries. Keep plants well watered if the summer is dry. Add soil amendments before planting. If the foliage turns light green in late July and August this probably means your day neutral plants need a small addition of nitrogen to support their continuous bearing habit. Keep mulched with compost or manure. Or plant one foot apart by poking plants through black plastic. The June crop from the day neutrals will be light with small fruit. Expect heavy production from July through the summer and early fall.

How to Use

In the landscape: Use in planters, hanging baskets, borders, ground covers, raised beds. Use Alpines and Lipstick for ground covers.
In the kitchen: Make jams, jellies, ice cream, pies. They are easy to freeze for winter enjoyment.