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Since 1909

Fragaria vesca

Sweet and flavorful, strawberries are the most popular small fruit in home gardens. They can be grown in small places like flower borders or even in attractive containers on your patio, deck or balcony.

There are several types of strawberries.  June-bearing varieties that set a large crop over a two to three week period in June and are best for preserving along with being good for fresh eating.

Day Neutral varieties do not depend on day length for flowering and fruiting and produce a crop from June until fall frost, best for continuous fresh eating throughout the summer.

Alpine Strawberries offer intensely flavored, small berries from mid-summer to fall.

'Hood' (Fragaria x ananassa) is a popular and widely grown Northwest variety.  It is one of the best of the June-bearing types. 'Hood' bears heavy crops of large, delectable, deep red berries. Sweet, firm, and delicious, they are good for eating fresh, frozen or made into jam for mid-winter treats.  Easy to grow, 'Hood' bears fruit in upright clusters well above the soil surface. 'Hood' is hardy to about minus 10F. USDA Zone 6.
  • Size at Maturity: 6-8 in.
  • Pollination: Strawberries are self fertile.
  • Pests & Diseases: Strawberries are generally easy to grow. Use straw mulch to keep berries off of soil to help deter slugs.  We also use beer traps.
  • Hardiness: Varies by variety. See Zone ratings.
  • Bearing Age: 1st year after planting
  • Bloom Time: March - April for June-Bearers; March - late summer for Ever-Bearers and Alpines.
  • Ripening Time: June
  • Yield: 1 pint
  • Special Care: Space June-bearing varieties 18" apart in rows 3' apart. The space between the plants will be filled in by runners. Day neutral varieties can be planted 12" apart both ways as they produce fewer runners. Strawberries like to grow on raised beds.
  • USDA Zone: 6

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