Sweet, juicy strawberries are treats when right off the plant. Supermarket berries tend to be tart with a grainy texture because the natural sugar begins converting to starch as soon as it is plucked from the plant. It’s definitely worth your while to try growing strawberries. See how.
The good news is that strawberries are relatively easy to grow if you have full sun.
Strawberry plants come in three types:
- June-bearing varieties bear all at once usually over a period of 3 weeks. Length-of-day sensitive, these varieties produce buds in the autumn, flowers and fruits the following June, and runners during the long days of summer. Although called June-bearing, these bear earlier than June in warm climates.
- Everbearing varieties produce a big crop in spring, produce lightly in the summer, and then bear another crop in late summer/fall. These varieties form buds during the long days of summer and the short days of autumn. The summer-formed buds flower and fruit in autumn, and the autumn-formed buds fruit the following spring.
- Day-Neutral varieties produce fruit continuously through the season until the first frost: Insensitive to day length, these varieties produce buds, fruits and runners continuously if temperature remains between 35 and 85 degrees F (1° to 30°C). Production is less than that of Junebearers.
For the home garden, we recommend June-bearers. Although you will have to wait a year for fruit harvesting, it will be well worth it.