Best Strawberry Varieties?


#265

I have some and they taste like an alpine on steroids, intense wild flavor. Sort of like black currants in a strawberry way. They are not that productive, white flesh. I only have a few plants now here and there. You need a male, at least some places say so. I redone a bed where most of them were, and lost most. Some in another bed are still there,mixed with pineberry strawberries.


#266

are the berries bigger than alpines? might try a half doz. do you remember where you got them?


#267

Bigger than alpine, smaller than regular strawberries. I got some from Raintree. Also I think Baker Creek has some, not calling them musk, but that is what they look like to me.


#268

thanks! Oikios has them also.


#269

Some of @zendog’s donated Mara de Bois strawberries survived the winter in pots like champs.

I am translocating them into an abandoned bookcase to expand my plantings.


#270

Just had more arrive from Nourse today! They will go in tomorrow. :strawberry:


#271

Some pics of our first strawberry crop, mostly Earliglow’s right now. A lot of the plants are really sending out runners now.

Some of the Jewel’s blooming, they’re just now sending out runners. No real berries yet, but a lot of blossoms are swelling up.


#272

First flower on Mara de Bois.


#273

i inter planted maria des bois between my earlyglow and they shaded them out. only 2 survived till’ this spring. i think im going to dig them and put them in their own space.


#274

Great idea! Did you drill holes in the bottom for drainage?


#275

Do you mean that your earliglow shaded your Mara des bois? Or the other way around?


#276

Yes.


#277

the earliglow is a lot bigger plant and they shaded them out. if i could do it again i would put the maria des bois in the south part of the bed and the earliglow behind them.


#278

Strawberry Update

I did a taste test yesterday of 10 varieties (the picture above is from today, the ones yesterday were riper but I thought this would be a helpful post). Out of the ten – Charlotte, White D, Natural Albino, Purple Wonder, Scarlet, Sonata, Gariguette, Flavorfest, Mara des Bois, and some unknown from home depot – Flavorfest was by far the best. It was so much sweeter and had a more fulfilling strawberry flavor than all the rest. Scarlet was very good too, and the pineberries are kind of nice as a change of pace, but I’m likely to switch everything else over to Flavorfest. Also, that’s the reason it’s not part of the picture, I ate even the partially ripe ones yesterday before the chipmunks could get to them.


#279

Where did you get your Gariguette?


#280

Where did you get Flavorfest from, please?


#281

Legendary Strawberries. I’m happy to pot you up a runner and send it to you in the fall, if you’d like.

I think I got mine from Nourse. But it looks like a few places sell it now. Let me know if you want a runner.


#282

I definitely will. Thank you.


#283

SMC Would love it!


#284

Awesome thanks for the breakdown. Looks like I have to add Flavorfest!