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Strawberry Fields Forever

Strawberries Few things trigger pleasant memories like a handful of plump, juicy strawberries. Their appeal doesn’t stop with taste, though. A perennial garden favorite, strawberries also offer pretty white flowers and unique foliage, making them perfect as a ground cover. They’re affordable, too; a well-maintained strawberry patch offers harvests year after year at very little cost.

Two varieties of strawberries are readily available to the home gardener: everbearing and Junebearing. Everbearing strawberry plants produce two crops the first year they’re planted; the first crop of each year matures in late spring and is followed by a second, smaller, crop in the fall (plus a few fruits in between). These strawberries are typically snack-sized berries, and the plants do not produce as many runners. If you’re looking for an everbearing, I recommend Ozark Beauty.

Junebearing strawberries are planted in the fall, and produce one large harvest in late spring or early summer the following year. Although they need more time to mature than everbearers, Junebearers produce larger fruit that is superior in taste and color. Jam-making gardeners love them because the plants set all their fruit at once. Note: You can plant Junebearing varieties in the spring and the plants will produce a few flowers. You should remove all flowers before they fruit, however; it is more important that Junebearers focus on growing larger as plants instead of producing fruit during the first year. If you’re interested in planting a Junebearing strawberry plant, I recommend Gurney’s Whopper Junebearing Strawberry and Jewel Junebearing Strawberry.


2 comments to Strawberry Fields Forever

  • Ariana Lewin

    Thanks your for help. Saying and doing are two things8)

  • Mary Abboud

    I got your new fall catalog yesterday and so last night, I placed an order. Then tonight I get a notice that if I place an order I would get 50% off. but it’s not good on prior orders. think this is dirty pool. My order came to almost $97 and if I had known that I could get a 50% discount, I would have made sure it was over that. It came to 103.19 within shipping. Know you probably won’t do anything about this but wanted you to know know I don’t appreciate it. You should have sent the E-mail when you mailed the catalogs. I’ll think twice about ordering again.

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