Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants

ozark beauty strawberriesOzark Beauty Strawberry Plants: Introduction

This page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Ozark Beauty’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  At the end of the page is a directory of suppliers from which you can buy Ozark Beauty strawberry plants.  Hopefully, you will find the details here that you need in order to make an informed decision regarding whether or not Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are right for you and your growing conditions and needs.

Where to Grow Ozark Beauty Strawberries

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants were developed in Arkansas and have proven to be one of the most popular and adaptable of the everbearing strawberry varieties.  They generally grow extremely well in zones 4 through 8, and can even perform in zones 3 and 9.  They are particularly well-suited for more northern climates and the higher elevations in the south.  With appropriate care, Ozark Beauty strawberries can survive winter temperatures to -30 degrees.

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants have become one of the best-selling of all commercially sold everbearing strawberries in large part to its overall robustness and adaptability.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Ozark Beauty strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

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Growing Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants: Conditions

Like all strawberries, Ozark Beauty strawberry plants prefer full sun, about an inch of water per week, and slightly acidic soil.  While a pH of 5.3 to 6.5 is ideal for this variety, they will still do well in soil with a pH anywhere from 5.0 to 7.0.  At their full, mature height, they will be between 8 inches and 1 foot tall and spread to about a foot.

Since Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are everbearers, planting them can yield two crops of strawberries: one in the late spring/early summer and another in the fall.  Most of the suppliers who offer strawberry plants for sale online will ship in the early spring for spring planting.  For June-bearing strawberries, this generally means that flowers should be removed and fruit should be foregone in year one to maximize plant health and future yields.  However, for everbearing strawberry plants like Ozark Beauty, the removal of the initial flush of flowers doesn’t preclude all harvests for the year.  With appropriate care, they will produce a late harvest meaning the fruits of one’s labor can be enjoyed the same year as the Ozark Beauty strawberry plants were planted.

Since this variety of strawberry plants produces a fair amount of runners, they can be planted in either the hill system or matted row.  (See the Growing Strawberries reference page for more details).  However, during the first growing year, it is best to remove all but 2-3 runners from each Ozark Beauty strawberry plant to maximize the size and quality of the strawberries and to help the strawberry plants root more effectively.

Disease Resistance of Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants

Ozark Beauty strawberries are not known to have strong resistance to any of the common strawberry plant pests such as root nematodes or spider mites.  They are, however, resistant to both leaf spot and leaf scorch.

Disease Susceptibility of Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are susceptible to infection with several common strawberry diseases.  They are susceptible to red stele and Verticillium wilt.  Additionally, Ozark Beauty strawberries also will succumb to anthracnose.

Ozark Beauty Strawberries

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are vigorous, everbearing, and may be the overall best of all everbearing strawberry varieties (for more details, see the Strawberry Varieties page).  While other cultivars may have superior quality ratings in a category or two, few (if any) are a match for Ozark Beauty’s overall profile.  Ozark Beauty strawberry plants produce large, well-colored, tasty strawberries – and lots of them!

Of note, however, is that Ozark Beauty runner plants will typically not set fruit in their first year (or they will do so sparsely).  So, be patient with the runners, and the second year should yield an even more abundant harvest.

The strawberry plants usually produce berries that are uniform in shape.  Additionally, Ozark Beauty strawberries are only moderately firm making them less well-suited for shipping.  Otherwise, the strawberries are a deep red color externally and red throughout when mature, very sweet (honeysweet but not sickly sweet) with excellent strawberry flavor, and an excellent choice for virtually every home use: fresh eating, canning, making strawberry jam or strawberry jelly, freezing, or use in other Strawberry Recipes.

Notable Features of Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plant & Strawberries

1.  Very Hardy and Adaptable

2.  Excellent (and Popular) Choice for Home Gardeners

3.  Considered by Many to Be the Best Ever-bearing Variety

4.  Good Choice for Canning, Freezing, Preserves, and Jams/Jellies

Additional Information about the Strawberry Ozark Beauty

The strawberry plant Ozark Beauty will produce runners, blooms, and fruit simultaneously at times.  In fact, one large strawberry plant provider noted in a trial over 200 blossoms, buds, and strawberries on a single plant over the course of a season.  That is production!

Due to their popularity, Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are sold by quite a few strawberry plant suppliers.  Be sure to check the various suppliers to get the best deal, and always make sure they are a reputable nursery and guarantee disease-free plants.  (Many additional varieties and suppliers can be found in our directory of Strawberry Plants for Sale, or you can shop by variety on the Buy Strawberry Plants page.)

Purchase Plants from These Ozark Beauty Strawberry Suppliers

If you are wondering where to buy Ozark Beauty strawberry plants, the following table contains reputable suppliers of Ozark Beauty strawberry plants.

Nature Hills Nursery (direct...)Direct Gardening (direct...)BloomingBulb.com (direct...)Autumn Ridge Nursery
American Meadows (direct...)Bob Wells Nursery (direct...)De Groot, Inc. (direct...)Farmer Seed and Nursery (direct...)
Greenwood Nursery (direct...)Gurney’s Seed & Nursery Co.Henry Field's Seed & Nursery Co.Jung Seeds & Plants (direct...)
Miller Nurseries Inc. (direct...)A.D.R. Bulbs, Inc. (direct...)Simmons Plant Farm (direct...)Spring Hill Nursery
Stargazer Perennials (direct...)Stark Bro’sSummerstone Nursery (direct...)Vermont Bean Seed Company (direct...)
Hames Strawberry Farms (direct...)Burgess Seed & Plant Co. (direct...)

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46 comments to Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants

  • Straw Berry

    Guy guy,
    Yes, Ozark Beauty strawberry plants should produce at least some strawberries the first year, but I wouldn’t count on very many. Like you mentioned, be sure to trim off the runners as soon as they form to encourage the plants to put their productive effort into producing strawberries. Since they are en everbearing variety, your best shot is getting a few berries toward the end of the season. Good luck!

  • Guy guy

    Hi,
    I’m planning on planting 30 of these plants in my back yard. I’m limited on space so I have decided to try planting/growing in rain gutters on the side of my house. Has anyone had ok results with the gutters? I only have this year to grow strawberries because I will be moving to a place where I can’t grow them next year. Will they still produce strawberries the first year without picking the buds? If so, about how many? If they will ony produce a few berries the first year, ill just scrap the ideah and try something else. I’m planning on trimming the runners off because I won’t have any uses for them. Would that help in berry production?

    Thanks for the help

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Marsha,
    When the nighttime temperatures drop into the upper 20s for several nights in a row, the plants will enter dormancy. At that point, remove all the dead/wilted vegetative matter from the tops and mulch with straw. Good luck!

  • Marsha

    Hi,
    I live in Mn and planted Ozark Beauty strawberries Memorial weekend this year in a raised bed. I cut off most of the runners when they appeared leaving a couple per mother plant which in turn rooted. My questions is how do I winterize the strawberry plants in Mn. and when should I do it.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Odessa,
    Great! It sounds like things are going well for you with your strawberry plants! If you transplant them this fall, you do NOT need to pick the flowers off next year. Just enjoy your harvest! Good luck!

  • Odessa

    I live in zone 4 and this is the second year of growing about 30 Ozark Beauties in my outdoor garden. I did pick off all flowers in the first year and mulched over the winter with about 4-5 inches of straw. This year, the plants have been very productive and have all the attributes I’d hoped for…like awesome color, soft and juicy texture and they are tartly sweet! Very happy I planted this variety and although there are a lot of birds (robins, mountain bluebirds, various finches) poking around elsewhere in the garden…they don’t seem to bother my strawberries which was a surprise to me! I grow organically, and I plan to use some bonemeal and bloodmeal in the fall and spring but so far…very little maintenance and great results!
    The only thing I’ve noticed is that the runners definitely have needed a little bit of help to get and stay rooted in the ground. I think I will take some suggestions from this site and cut the runners to plant elsewhere in the garden. Should I pick the blooms off of the runners in the first year as well??? Thank you!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Janey,
    It might be nitrogen deficiency.

  • Janey

    Hello again,

    I posted a question in April re getting the most out of Ozark for the first year (because we won’t be able to keep the garden plot beyond this year). I have been getting flowers for the last 2 weeks, and have been following your advice – pinching them off for the first month.

    However, the leaves on some (not all) of my plants have been turning light green and yellow. What could be causing this? Would appreciate your advice. Thank you!

    Janey

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Shaun,
    These pages should answer your questions: Growing Strawberries , Strawberry Flowers , How Many Strawberries Produced. Good luck!

  • Shaun

    I planted 18 Ozark Beauties in a raised bed garden (8′x4′x1′) about 18″ apart. The plants I put in are from a very good local nursery. They were all 1′ tall and had multiple flowers and strawberries already growing. We live in Zone 5b (west Michigan) and should be done with our frost, it’s 70s during the day and 50s at night.

    I have two questions. 1) Should I snip off all the fruit and flowers, if so why? 2) On average how much will each plant produce per harvest?

    Thanks :)

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Deb in NH,
    Ozark Beauty should do well in the conditions you described. Since they are not, you might have an infestation or other infecting pathology like a fungus. It is possible that the plants died of cold injury, but it sounds like you protected them adequately. June-bearers typically do produce larger berries, so if you are up to re-planting, that is also an option. You might want to give them a few more weeks, however, to ensure that they just aren’t still dormant. Either way, good luck!

  • Deb in NH

    I planted ozark beauty last june in a raised bed. We put a lot of rotted composted horse manure and good soil. The plants grew well but I got no flowers and no berries. The plants were vigorous and sent out quite a few runners. I let some runners root, and trimmed some off.
    I mulched with old hay over the winter. I’m in zone 5 to 4 in southern NH.
    This spring I have only 5 or 6 scraggly-looking small plants, and it looks like the main mother plants are not growing back. Any advice how to improve this? Should I switch to June-bearing plants?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Thomas,
    As long as both are disease-free when you plant them and the planter is large enough to support two plants, yes. They’ll do just fine together! Good luck!

  • Thomas

    Mr. Strawberry,
    Will Quinault and Ozark Beauty do well if I put them in the same planter?

    From,
    Thomas

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Thomas,
    You can learn how to make the most of them here: Growing Strawberries. To learn more about your other questions, see here: Strawberry Runners, Transplanting Strawberries. Good luck!

  • Thomas

    Mr. Strawberry,
    I live in Tampa, Florida. I just got my first strawberry plants at home depot, Ozark Beauty was the only strawberry plant they had and really wanted to start a garden so got five of them. Now that I’ve read some about them. How do I make the most out of them?

    Should cut the runners to make new plants? If it would help them, how do I do it? By the way, I planted them in two long planters.

    Thank you so much,

    From,
    Thomas

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Garrett,
    With Ozark Beauty strawberries, you’ll get flowers for two major harvests, one in the spring and one in the fall. Strawberries have a tendency to do poorly in the topsy turvy planters once the weather gets warmer as their roots can’t stay cool enough in many climates. If you can keep the roots cool, snipping flowers now will yield a much larger fall harvest. However, with the topsy turvy planters, you might want to not take any chances and take what you can get early. It will be a small harvest, but it will be something! Good luck!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Janey,
    If you aren’t going to keep the garden plot after this year, definitely clip the runners. That will cause your plants to put their developmental energy into strawberries. Pinch the flowers off for the first month they begin appearing, and then hope for as big a harvest as possible after that. The harvest will be smaller, but in your case that will probably let you get the most out of your plants this year. Good luck!

  • Garrett

    I planted Ozark beauties in a topsy turvy last weekend and they are producing flowers should we pick them or leave them be? Does it matter to leave them and harvest any fruit we might get?

  • Janey

    Hello,

    I live in the Pacific Northwest and just transplanted some Orzark today. Should I pinch off the initial flowers (assuming I get some), and if so for how long, if I want to increase chances of a Fall harvest? It is unlikely that we will get to keep the garden plot after this year, so we really hope to get some strawberries this year.

    Should I also cut off all the runners?

    Thanks,
    Janey

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Ginette,
    They can probably do fine where you live, but you’ll have to take extra care during the winter to ensure that they are adequately protected. Good luck!

  • Ginette

    Hello,
    I live in North Ontario, Canada and am questioning planting Ozark Beauty Strawberries! Our zone is 3-4, and our winters are cold…I really would love to plant these since they are so hardy and grow produce such beautiful strawberries.
    What are your thoughts and do you think they would do well in our climate?
    Thanks

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Dana,
    If you live in zone 10a, the weather has probably been above freezing for plenty long enough to bring the bare-root plants out of their dormant state. You may want to give it a bit more time just to be sure, but my guess is that the plants are dead. Sorry!

  • Dana

    Mr Strawberry,

    I planted ozark bueaties in late February. The plantings were dries bulbs. I put in a pot with fresh soil and food. I keep the pot moist with out being to wet. How long will it be for the bulbs to start sprouting out? I live in zone 10a 92807

    Or am I wasting time with these bulbs as they will never grow?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Allison,
    There is a good chance you will get a harvest later on since Ozark Beauties are an everbearing variety (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information). However, you might want to visit this page if your plant isn’t producing: Strawberry Plants Producing Runners But No Strawberries. Good luck!

  • Allison

    Hi I live in Indiana and I planted an Ozark in March. Now I have lots of leaves and two runners but no flowers or fruit. Will my strawberry plant produce? I hope so… Thanks Allie

  • Christine

    We find that Ozark Beauty is ideal for our 6500′ mountains of New Mexico. Out performs all others “hands down”. Huge, continual production of delicious berries. Can’t say enough about this berry plant. Wintered over well in -10 degrees F.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Mimi,
    You can, but neither will do as well. The strawberries, in particular, will do better without the overhead shading they’d incur from the blueberry bushes.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Bettina,
    If you planted them last fall, do not pick off the flowers. You are ready for a full crop!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Jo,
    you can most definitely propagate strawberry plants via runners. See this page on Propagating Strawberry Plants and this one on Strawberry Runners for more information.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    tyler,
    Ozark Beauties are an everbearing variety. That means they will generally set two (sometimes three) harvests under natural conditions with a bit of production in between. The strawberries are smaller than what you’d buy in the store, which are typically from June-bearing plants (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information). It is somewhat difficult to mimic the temperatures required to induce dormancy with indoor hydroponic systems. You may, however, get better results with Tribute or Tristar varieties. They are day-neutral and do well with hydroponic systems. The berries are a bit smaller (like everbearing varieties), but they will produce constantly. Hope that helps!

  • Mimi Alexander

    I wondered if I could plant Ozark Beauty Strawberry plants in a Raised Bed size 4 ft. wide X 50 ft. long, in and around 15 Blueberry bushes since both are Acid loving plants? I’d like to plant them soon . . .
    Thanks.
    Mimi

  • Bettina

    I planted everbearing strawberries last fall. They are blooming now and I was wondering if I should pick off the blooms until July or would it be alright to let them produce since they were planted last fall. They are suppose to be Ozark beauty but they have produced no runners, but lots of blooms and this is only April.

  • Jo

    Can you tell me if the plants propagate via the runners and if so, how do you treat the runners to get them to an adult plant. Thanks, Mine came bare root and this was the best site for questions.

  • tyler

    Im growing this strain indoors in perlite/drain to waste (hydro) system,

    They seem to be do well,
    I have harvesed a few and they were tasty and basicly bleed when I took a bite,

    I am using General hydro 3-part formula under T-5′s Floro’s, under 16 hrs light feeding at about 700ppm and 5.6 ph,

    My question is, will they just produce when there ready or do I need to introduce a cold spell/less light for a bit to mimic fall/winter?

    How big are the berries supposed to be?

    Thanks,

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Matthew,
    They probably won’t thrive in Zone 10. But, with a lot of tender loving care, you could probably coax some strawberries out of them. Some of the Zone 9 Strawberries would likely be better suited for growing there in Long Beach.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Elphie,
    If you don’t even have flowers, you likely aren’t going to get any crop this year. So, if some strawberry flowers do emerge from the crown, it would be best to go ahead and snip or pinch them so that the productive energy of the plant isn’t wasted. You can also prune the runners also if you are concerned about overgrowth or to encourage the mother plants to better establish themselves for a bountiful crop next spring.

  • Matthew

    I am very interested in growing Ozark Beauty strawberries but I live in Long Beach, CA which is zone 10. I am about 6 miles from the coast. I see them for sale at Lowes hardware store but wondered if they would thrive? Thank you.

  • Elphie

    I live in north east Missouri and have 3 Ozark Beauty plants that have been sending out lovely runners for a while now, but I don’t see anything that looks like it might become a flower. I planted them too late to get the Spring crop, but am wondering if they will produce for the late summer/early fall. If they ARE going to produce for this session, when will I begin to see flowers? Should I go ahead and start pruning some of the runners now or wait a bit? Thanks so much!!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    donald,
    For help with that question, see the page on Mowing Strawberries.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Melissa,
    It is ok if the runner plants hang for a while, but they should have their own dirt eventually. If you have another window box, you could plant them in it or use a hanging basket. Just be sure to water them enough as the potted plants can sometimes dry out more quickly and more frequently than plants in the ground. An easy way to get the runners started is to get a small container, fill it with dirt, and then use some tape or twist-ties to position the adventitious root at the bottom of the node so that it contacts the dirt. It will grow down into it fairly quickly. Once the roots are in, you can cut the runners and take the little strawberry plant wherever you like!

  • donald robson

    should i moe my ozarks after they are done producing?

  • Melissa

    Hi, I planted some Ozark Beauties earlier this summer and they’re growing really well. I’m growing them in a window box, because I live in an apartment and they’ve already sprouted two runners. Is it okay that the runners hang off the sides, or do they need to be in soil?

    If they need to be in soil, what is the most apartment-friendly way to transplant them to ensure that they get everything they need? I don’t have a lot of space, but I do have hanging space if necessary.

    Thanks!!

  • Elizabeth

    Will do! Thank you so much for your reply.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Elizabeth,
    Don’t plant all 15 plants as a clump. Split them up so that each root system doesn’t draw too heavily from the nutrient base needed by other nearby strawberry plants. As far as transplanting goes, be sure to water appropriately to ensure that the plants are well-established in their new homes. Planting them this year should allow the flower buds to form well this fall, and you should get a great harvest next year. Good luck!

  • Elizabeth

    Last night, I bought a 15 plant container of Ozark Beauty strawberries from a local store. They were on clearance, since it is so late in the season. On a whim, I decided to give them a shot. There is a wealth of information on your website, and I have been reading to give myself a quick education on strawberry growing. I realize I am at a disadvantage because of their age, but it is a risk I’m willing to take given the minimal up-front cost.

    I live in zone 7, in an area where hard clay soil is prevalent. Therefore, all of the gardens we’ve added have been raised beds or container gardens. I plan to grow the strawberries in containers, so I can move them through the seasons to maximize sun exposure. (Full sun is a challenge in our yard.)

    Do I split the 15 plants or put them all as a clump? I haven’t seen that exact topic covered in the transplanting section. I was going to put them in a topsy-turvy type holder; but after reading here decided not to pursue that.

    Are there any special instructions for transplanting so late in the season to help them thrive? I will not plan to harvest any strawberries this year, even though this is an everbearing plant. I hope for thriving plants next year.

    Thank you!

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