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In recent years, commercial strawberry growers, particularly in California, have been criticized for the chemicals they use in their fields and on their plants—all in the service of producing large quantities of sturdy, shippable red berries over as long a harvest season as possible. Various herbicides and pesticides (fumigants) continue to be used on commercial fields. cm) of soil. This explains, in part, the plant’s sensitivity to water—or the lack of it—in the soil. Another aspect of the strawberry plant that has practical importance to gardeners is that new roots arise from the base of the developing leaves.

Conical fruits are on nice long stems (pedicels); they are firm, flavorful, and bright, glossy red. ‘Sweet Charlie’ SE Early. High produc- tivity and good fruit quality. In Florida, the standard against which all other cultivars are compared. Day-neutral strawberries ‘Monterey’ NW SW An outstanding new selection, developed in California. Larger fruit than ‘Albion’ but not as firm. Excellent disease resistance but susceptible to powdery mildew in some areas. Have you ever seen the pink-flowered strawberry?

Here a small blueberry bush studded with flowers fits right into a mixed bed. 41 If you’re already growing other berries in your yard edibles such as vegetables and herbs, why not incorporate some berries? Strawberry plants are pretty even before the berries appear. The perky white flowers hold up well and can be sited so they will stand out in your garden. ” Be sure to install supports earlier rather than later and make sure they are strong enough, as mature plants are full and heavy. One way to help these ground-floor berry plants shine in your garden is to position them for contrast.

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