The best tasting strawberries come from your garden! Here's a little information about the varieties available this spring here at Evergreen Nursery:*
The Chandler Strawberry has a very large, medium red, glossy finish, with a large conical to long wedge shaped fruit. The fruit quality is excellent, and the Chandler Strawberry produces a high yield. An excellent choice for coastal areas, this particular strawberry has been adapted to planting for winter and summer areas. Chandler strawberry plants are very popular with commercial growers because of their high yield, brilliant fruit color, and excellent flavor. Chandler plants are a vigorous, early, midseason variety and must be well supplied with water and nutrients. They should be planted in full sun with a spacing of 18” apart, and must have well-drained soil to prevent root rot. They do well throughout the winter and are a good Pick-Your-Own variety. In warmer climates like Southern California or Florida, Chandler strawberry plants may be ready for harvest beginning in early spring with a harvest that can last up to 3-4 weeks.
Eversweet Everbearing Strawberry
Eversweet Everbearing Strawberry is an everbearing variety that thrives in the heat and humidity and still produces exceptional fruit. It is bred for growers in hot southern climates and grows well in zones 5-8, tolerating temperatures over 100 degrees without loss of fruit quality. Very large, deep red berries are cone-shaped and are exceptionally sweet and flavorful - excellent for preserves, fresh eating and freezing. Plants reach a height of 8-10 inches with a spread of 8-12 inches. They should be planted in full sun and spaced 12-24 inches apart in well-drained soil, with moderate watering. Eversweet strawberries bloom in March-April with fruit ripening throughout the summer, producing a yield of 1-2 pints. Plants are highly resistant to pests and viruses. A layer of straw mulch will keep berries off the ground and help deter slugs.
The most popular variety of everbearing strawberry! Large, soft, deliciously sweet fruit ideal for preserves or fresh eating. Produces from late spring through fall and matures in 60-70 days. Developed by Washington State University, this variety is popular everywhere for its delicious berries that are perfect for home gardens. Plant so that crown is just above soil level. Set transplants 18 inches apart. Strawberries need at least 8 hours of full sun each day, and they prefer slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.8. If soils in your area are naturally alkaline, it is best to grow strawberries in half-barrels or other large containers filled with potting soil. Strawberries may also sulk in heavy clay, which should be generously amended with composted leaves, fully rotted sawdust, or another bulky type of organic matter before planting strawberries. After mixing in 4 inches or more of compost, rake clay soil into raised mounds to further improve drainage. If your soil is sandy, simply cultivate to remove weeds, and mix in a 1-inch layer of rich compost or rotted manure.
Sequoia Strawberry (June Bearers)
One of the best tasting berries ever! It produces lots of huge, dark red, sweet fruit. Where safe from early frost, it is the earliest spring crop and keeps bearing fruit weeks longer than the typical spring crop. Works best in California and southern states. Strawberries are extremely adaptable and are grown in every state in the U.S. Plants generally grow 6”–8” tall and 12” across, are shallow–rooted, and benefit from mulch. They should be planted in full sun with a spacing of 18” apart. They prefer a soil rich in all the basic nutrients with a pH of 6–6.5. Susceptible to root rot and must be planted in well-drained soil, with crown set at soil level. Yield under the best of conditions is about one basket per plant per season. June bearers generally produce a single large crop in spring to early summer (as early as March in warmer regions) and are prolific producers for 3 to 4 weeks. Pick the blossoms off June bearers the first year to boost production the second year. Ever bearers are not as prolific as June bearers but are especially suitable for growers who wish to harvest a constant supply of berries throughout the summer. Plant some of both to have a large harvest to preserve, and plenty to eat all summer!
*Stock varies - not all varieties listed may be in stock. Photos do not necessarily reflect what is currently available at Evergreen Nursery.