Chandler Strawberry Plants

chandler strawberriesChandler Strawberry Plants: Introduction

This page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Chandler’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  It will provide details on Chandler strawberry plants and Chandler strawberries so that an informed decision can be made regarding its suitability for varying uses and growing locations.  Chandler strawberry suppliers are also listed below if you are looking to buy chandler strawberry plants.

Where to Grow Chandler Strawberries

Chandler strawberry plants were originally developed in California and have proven to produce exceptional yields in the coastal states as well.  The variety is a favorite of commercial strawberry growers in southern California, especially for winter production.  Additionally, Chandler strawberries grow well in zone 5 through zone 8 and are well-adapted to the southern states.  Overall, however, California strawberry farmers will see the highest yields on the west coast, and strawberry growers in the Carolinas usually see the highest yields on the east coast.  The Chandler strawberry variety also does well in home gardens.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Chandler strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

chandler strawberry plants

Growing Chandler Strawberry Plants: Conditions

Full sun is greatly beneficial to Chandler strawberry plants, just like all other strawberries.  Chandler strawberries, however, are susceptible to root rot and absolutely must have well-drained soil and be planted properly.  The preferred soil pH is about 6, and additional watering is needed when rainfall is not sufficient.

Chandler strawberry plants are June-bearers and can be grown well in matted rows (although they will likely perform better with commercial plasticulture systems).  When they are healthy, the mature plants will grow to be about 8 inches tall and spread 1 foot across, but their roots are shallow.

In warmer climates like southern California or Florida, Chandler strawberry plants will be ready for harvest beginning, oftentimes, in March with a harvest that can last up to 3-4 weeks.  Under optimal growing conditions, each Chandler strawberry plant can produce a basket of strawberries.

Disease Resistance of Chandler Strawberry Plants

Chandler plants are not known to have strong resistance to any of the common strawberry plant pathogens.  They are, however, tolerant of gray mold.

Disease Susceptibility of Chandler Strawberry Plants

Chandler strawberry plants are not known for their resistance to common strawberry diseases.  They are susceptible to leaf spot, leaf scorch, and red stele.  Chandler strawberries also will succumb to anthracnose.

Chandler Strawberries

The vigorous, high-yielding, June-bearing Chandler strawberry plants produce very desirable strawberries.  Chandler strawberries are very large, firm, and produce early-season to mid-season (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information).  The strawberries vary from being long and wedge-shaped to large and conical.  They are a brilliant red color, glossy, and have an exceptional flavor profile.

Chandler strawberries are good for eating fresh or shipping and very good for freezing.  They are, however, only a fair choice for processing.

Notable Features of Chandler Strawberry Plant & Strawberries

1.  Very Good Commercial Variety, Particularly with Plasticulture

2.  Good for Growing in the Coastal States and Southern States

3.  Excellent Choice for Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Operations or U-Pick Farms

4.  Very Large Strawberries Are Produced

5.  High Yield of Strawberries

6.  Excellent Flavor Profile

Additional Information about the Strawberry Chandler

Chandler strawberry plants are protected by the United States government under plant patent #5262.  To be an authorized seller of Chandler strawberry plants, a license is required from the University of California Strawberry Licensing Program.  The program can be reached at (530) 754-8462.

Chandler strawberry plants (as well as some other Strawberry Varieties) are sold in different ways by different suppliers.  The majority of suppliers sell the plants by quantity (either 10, 25, 50 or more plants).  Some Chandler strawberry plant sellers offer their plants by weight.  Be aware that one pound of strawberry plants can vary in quantity.  The average number of plants comprising a pound should generally be about 30.  However, there can be as many as 40 or as few as 20.

Purchase Plants from These Chandler Strawberry Suppliers

If you are wondering where to buy Chandler strawberry plants, the following tables contain reputable suppliers of Chandler strawberry plants.

BloomingBulb.comUS Berry PlantsA.D.R. Bulbs, Inc.Bob Wells NurserySimmons Plant Farm
De Groot, IncGardenHarvestSupply.comAaron’s Creek Farms, Inc.Willis Orchard CompanyIndiana Berry
Ison’s Nursery & VineyardLassen Canyon Nursery Inc.Morgan County SeedsMountain Valley GrowersNourse Farms
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden Supply


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Redding, CA 96003
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Susanville, CA 96130
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PO Box 138, Mt Macedon, Victoria, Australia, 3441.
Tel: 61-3-5426-4909
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11 Grenville St.
Waiwhetu, Lower Hutt
New Zealand
Tele: 64-4-569-82-63
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Toolangi Certified Strawberry Runner Growers' Cooperative Limited
469 Kinglake Rd, Toolangi
Victoria 3777
Tele: 61-3-59-62-9220
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Zanzi Fruitgrowing Equipment, s.r.l.
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22 comments to Chandler Strawberry Plants

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Godwin Ozuah,
    It is unlikely that strawberries will do well in your climate, if they survive at all. They are temperate in nature and prefer a cooler home. Strawberry plants are just grown-up seedlings. If you are asking about the difference between daughter/runner plants and plants grown from seed, that is a bit different. Daughter plants have identical genetics to their parent plant (clones) while the seedling is usually a cross-pollinated plant with new genetic material. Good luck!

  • Godwin Ozuah

    Iwish to plant strawberries in my country(Easthern Nigeria).in that part of the world, we normally have enough rainfall between June through september.can Chandler, sweet Charlie and Oark grow in such tropical area? Secondly, wish know the different between strawberry plant and seeding.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Jerry Melton,
    It depends on the weather, but the risks increase substantially after mid-October. It is best to get them in the ground no later than the end of the first week of October, and planting in September is far better. Good luck!

  • Jerry Melton

    what is the latest fall date chandler strawberry plugs can be planted in zone 7 to get a fair crop the following spring?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Chandler strawberries are June-bearing and will produce a primary crop in the spring. One or two berries may mature at other times, but the amount will be insignificant. Good luck!

  • Patty

    Will my chandler strawberries fruit in Spring and fall?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    I’d recommend looking up your recommended varieties here. Good luck!

  • Howard

    What variety would you recommend for West Central Texas

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Wahab ghobashi,
    As to the specifics of exporting Chandler, you would have to check with the customs officials in your country. If Camarosa did well where you are, Chandler likely would as well. Good luck!

  • Wahab ghobashi

    I am trying to establish a business to export strawberry seedling varieties to some of the Gulf countries. I had a number of successful attempts to grow them in The Sultanate of Oman, UAE and kuwait. Can Chandler be part of these trials as we had good result with Camarosa?
    Do you recommend any other varieties to this region and what is my chance of importing Chandler outside USA as you mentioned that it is a protected variety?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    ivor Abeysekera,
    Actually, if your temperatures are as you note, they will likely grow there as long as you provide them with the other requirements for growing strawberries. Good luck!

  • ivor Abeysekera

    Hi Mr. Strawberry,
    Excellant site. Very informative. Got a question.
    I would like to grow strawberries in a country called Sri Lanka. This is a tropical country in Asia. The Specific location where I want to grow has temps Ave high in low 70 deg F and Ave low about low 50deg. Will this climate profile suit strawberry growing. If so, what varieties would be recommended. Thanks.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Lisa Airey,
    In all my years of writing about and growing strawberries, the things I have read and heard about Chandler strawberries is that they are not at the top of the list when it comes to preserves. As for the scientific, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that prove that, I unfortunately don’t have any to share! I can tell you that in the 96 square feet of strawberries just outside my door I have Sweet Charlie, Chandler, and Ozark Beauty strawberries growing. The preserves made from the Sweet Charlies are a notch above the other two. And, via anecdotal evidence, my experience is not unique. Adding lemon juice can indeed help if you don’t have enough pectin, but that isn’t my experience with the Chandler preserves. Other varieties just taste better! Strawberry jams made from the variety Sparkle are (anecdotally) superior to most others. That’s all I have for you in the way of proof (thin, I know)! If you have both Chandler and other varieties in your patch, why not make a few jars of each and then report back? Let us know which of yours is better! Thanks, and good luck!

  • Lisa Airey

    No, Mr. Strawberry. You can’t get off that easily! :)
    WHY do Chandler strawberries make less than ideal preserves? There must be a reason (or two).

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Lisa Airey,
    The general consensus is that Chandler doesn’t make optimal preserves. However, every tongue and set of taste buds is different! If you are growing Chandler strawberries and would like to make jam, go right ahead! Any strawberry jam makes me happy. Good luck!

  • Lisa Airey

    What makes Chandler strawberries less desirable for jam making? Lower acidity? If so, can’t that be easily corrected with fresh lemon juice?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Carlis McGhee,
    You can order them online and have them shipped to your door. That is probably the easiest way to get them these days.

  • Carlis McGhee

    We live in Tennessee where is the closet place we can purchase these plants

  • Mr. Strawberry

    No, you shouldn’t wait until they are dormant, if you can help it. They should have time to re-establish themselves in their new location in order to maximize health and harvest. You can click this link for more information on transplanting strawberries. Good luck!

  • christine

    Mr. strawberry,

    i bought some strawberry plants in april and had them planted by may, but i dont remember the varity of them and wanted to do some more research on them. they did produce a few berries this spring, but we got hit with a very long and severe heat wave here and most of the blossoms did not set. i am noticeing that they are produceing runners now but i need to move them to a better spot for next year. should i wait until it gets colder, so they are dormant or can i cut the runners until i am ready to move them to a more strawberry friendly plot?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    brianna johnson,
    You might be able to in South Georgia if it is warmer than usual, but I wouldn’t recommend trying it.

  • brianna johnson

    can you grow chandlers in February – March in Georgia ?

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