Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants: Introduction
This page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Sweet Charlie’ (Fragaria x ananassa). It will provide details on Sweet Charlie strawberry plants and Sweet Charlie strawberries so that an informed decision can be made regarding its suitability for varying growing locations and uses. Sweet Charlie strawberry suppliers are also listed.
Where to Grow Sweet Charlie Strawberries
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants are the most popular commercial strawberry variety grown in Florida. They are uniquely suited for use as a short-day cultivar. They are also often grown commercially in North Carolina and California. Sweet Charlie isn’t limited to these famous strawberry states, however. They will generally do well in most of the southern states. USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, and 8 generally provide adequate conditions for productive growth. See the map below for states where Sweet Charlie strawberry plants should thrive. Also, for more details on growing Sweet Charlie plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.
Growing Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants: Conditions
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants like full sun and need moist, well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter. This variety does best growing in soil with a pH between 5.6 and 6.6. Additionally, if rainfall is not adequate, supplemental watering will be required for plant health and strawberry production.
Disease Resistance of Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants have varying resistance to multiple common strawberry pathogens. They demonstrate resistance to crown rot and fruit rot, two-spotted spider mites, and powdery mildew. They are highly resistant to anthracnose fruit rot caused by Colletotrichum acutatum and slightly more susceptible to Phomopsis fruit rot.
Disease Susceptibility of Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants
The Sweet Charlie strawberry cultivar is susceptible to several common diseases. They succumb to leaf blight (Phomopsis) and fruit rot caused by Botrytis.
Sweet Charlie Strawberries
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants are small and compact making picking relatively easy. The Sweet Charlie strawberries are medium in size, but, as the name suggests, deliciously sweet. Sweet Charlie strawberry plants are June-bearers, but an excellent choice for use as a short-day variety in warmer climates. They produce about a week before Chandler Strawberry Plants in the early season (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information) and have a relatively low acid level. The best time to harvest Sweet Charlie strawberries is after the very tip of the strawberry has reddened. See the Strawberry Picking page for additional details.
Sweet Charlie is a vigorous produce and a great choice for the home garden. They are firm, can tolerate gentle shipping over short distances, and have deep red mature strawberries. The plants have leaves that are medium to dark green, slightly cupped, and semi-glossy.
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants have an atypical ripening profile that can be quite variable. Generally the variety has two weeks of early production that produces very good, high-quality strawberries. However, after the initial two weeks, size tends to drop off drastically in the early midseason. And, even more interestingly, a second crop of very large Sweet Charlie berries are produced in the last week of strawberry season in some years even though they are June-bearing plants. Generally, however, a Sweet Charlie strawberry plant will produce between 1 and 2 pints of strawberries per season.
Notable Features of Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plant & Strawberries
1. Excellent Choice for Home Gardens
2. Excellent Strawberry for Fresh Eating
3. High Yield of Strawberries
Additional Information about the Strawberry Sweet Charlie
Sweet Charlie strawberry plants are vigorous once established. They attract butterflies and bees, but birds will also visit once the strawberries start ripening. To prevent loss, bird netting can be used.
‘Sweet Charlie’ was developed at the University of Florida’s Gulf Coast Research and Education Center in Hillsborough County, Florida. After development, it was patented by the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences in 1994 and is now protected under U.S. Plant Patent PP 8,729. Unauthorized propagation is against the law. The Sweet Charlie cultivar was hand pollinated as a cross between FL 80-456 and Pajaro.
Purchase Plants from These Sweet Charlie Strawberry Suppliers
If you are wondering where to buy Sweet Charlie strawberry plants, the following table contains reputable suppliers of Sweet Charlie strawberry plants. Also, price shopping is easy on the Buy Strawberry Plants listing.
|Burpee||Cook's Garden||Aaron’s Creek Farms, Inc.||Bob Wells Nursery||GardenHarvestSupply.com|
|Amazon.com||Ison’s Nursery & Vineyard||Just Fruits and Exotics||Willis Orchard Company||Greenwood Nursery|