- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
An ever-bearing strawberry that can start cropping as early as late May, and continue producing its fruits intermittently until September. Each sweet, succulent berry has a long, conical shape, bright red skin and uniformly red flesh. It has an excellent resistance to disease too. Tasty, red fruit (July to November) Cropping times may be brought forward or extended if you are growing them in a greenhouse or cloche tunnel.
- Garden care:Choose a spot in full sun and prepare the bed well by removing all the weeds and digging in a generous amount of compost. You can also work in some general purpose fertiliser if planting in spring. Space them at 45cm intervals, allowing 75cm between each row. After planting, immediately give them a thorough water and apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plants, being careful to avoid the crown. Keep the plants well watered, especially during warmer weather and when the fruits are developing. When the strawberries are starting to form, a thick layer of straw or a strawberry mulch mat can be placed under the plants to stop the fruit touching the soil. Sheets of black plastic mulch can also be used, and this will also help retain soil moisture, reduce weeds and encourage early cropping. Strawberries can also be planted in tubs, containers and hanging baskets.
“Aromatic everbearers produce fruit over many months. The fruit is generally smaller with an alpine-strawberry flavour. However the new varieties such as 'Buddy' and 'Albion', combine the best of both. Choose a sunny position away from frost pockets and water”
Val Bourne - Garden Writer