Details of New Strawberry Varieties in Development…
Everyone loves bigger and better strawberries. But, improvements to the existing strawberry varieties that are available commercially don’t just magically appear. Improving strawberry selections can be a long and tedious work. Going from native species of strawberry plants that produce small (but delicious!) strawberries to the larger and more economical versions most of us are familiar with today is a process. There are numerous obstacles to overcome in that process, and the vast majority of cultivars never pass the rigorous tests for release as an actually-improved strawberry variety.
Some of the main traits, of course, that breeding programs seek to improve are size and flavor. But, equally important are the hardiness factors that allow the strawberry plants to thrive and succeed in a host of different environments. Although strawberry plants are very hardy, new strawberry varieties in development need to improve resistance to different pathogens and infectious organisms to truly succeed on a large scale.
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0032 : Strawberry Plants Library
This is an entry in the Strawberry Plants Library here at Strawberry Plants .org. Continue reading for summarized information. The entire resource may be accessed or downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.
Growing Strawberries in New Hampshire
This document linked below was originally created by David T. Handley, University of Maine Extension Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, and William G. Lord, University of New Hampshire Extension Fruit Specialist. It was published by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. This document is a valuable resource for both the beginning and experienced strawberry growers. While the specifics are tailored by the authors to growing strawberries in New Hampshire, the principles can be readily adapted to any state. The following is covered in the publication:
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Q: When Do Strawberry Plants Die?
On September 13th, 2011, Elenor asked:
When do strawberry plants die? My strawberry plants are doing badly. They used to flourish for the first 3 years, but now are thinning out and getting scraggly. It is mid-September, I read about renovation – to be done around June after harvest. Can these plants be dug up and dried out through the winter, and replanted in the spring? When I bought them they were just dried out looking bare clean roots. What should I do to keep them happy and healthy?
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Q: How Old Are My Strawberry Plants?
On June 7, 2011, Diane asked:
We have strawberries in raised beds. We are getting smaller and smaller berries every year. I think I need to thin the plants. Is there a way to tell by looking at them which plants are oldest? I need to know how old are my strawberry plants. We also need to fertilize and water them. We were really just letting nature take it’s course. With a fair amount of success until now. The berries are just mostly really small this year. Thanks for this site. It was very helpful. I’m also wondering if when you create new plants from runners are you supposed to pinch off the blossoms on those or just on new bare root plants? If you are supposed to pinch them off the new runner plants, how can you tell which plants are new in the Spring? They all look the same to me in the bed. Thanks.
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Delizz strawberry plants are here! Strawberry plants are constantly being developed and cross-bred in attempt to improve upon the already-great qualities inherent in the small fruits. When the breeding programs scattered across the globe stumble upon (or painstakingly isolate!) genetic traits that result in superior strawberries, strawberry lovers everywhere benefit. It just so happens that a new strawberry variety has been developed and released and will be headed to markets in the United States as early as this spring.
ABZ Seeds, a Dutch company from Andijk-Holland specializing in gourmet strawberries, has developed a new strawberry cultivar called Delizz Strawberry. Delizz strawberries are being produced and sold through the Holland Strawberry House at present, but are headed this way amidst significant buzz, and should be available at some point this spring 2016 (be sure to check the seed and plant directories for availability). They were available in Europe, Asia, and Australia last year (2015).
Characteristics of Delizz Strawberry Plants
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Q: How Should I be Caring for Strawberry Plants in Warm Winters?
On December 28, 2015, Sarah asked:
Should I cut my plants back before mulching? If so, how much? I am growing Yellow Wonder yellow alpine strawberries and they were really unique and tasty berries last summer, and very happy plants – not fussy at all. I am in Brooklyn, NY z7a and our weather this winter is record breaking warm. I have left my strawberries (and some of my flowers and herbs) as they were through the growing season. My strawberries are still flowering, and even some cavalier fruits are going for it! So I’ve left them alone because I was just so darn curious what they would do in this extremely unseasonable weather. But it may actually finally become winter here soon, I hope, so I would like to know, 1- should I cut back healthy vegetation before covering, and 2- anything else I need to know for a strangely warm and unpredictable winter season in my zone? Thanks so much for your great site!
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Q: Planting Strawberries on a Hill?
On May 1, 2011, Beth asked:
I’d like to replace a grassy slope (~ 6 ft x 20 ft) into a strawberry patch. Are there special considerations for hillside planting?
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Yes, there are several important considerations to factor in prior to beginning your project. I’ll discuss the main ones so that you’ll know what you are up against.
Q: When Should Strawberry Plants Be Mulched for Winter?
On November 20, 2015, Danny Abbuscome asked:
I have a few raised beds with strawberry plants planted in them. I got them as potted plants and had a decent crop and got several gallons of strawberries from all my plants combined. I planted them this spring, instead of last fall like you recommended (I hadn’t found this site yet). I followed all the instructions for renovation and mowed them and limited the runners so they didn’t overgrow everything. It may have been mentioned somewhere else, but when exactly do I mulch the plants for winter? I seem to get different information on a quick google of mulching strawberries. Exactly when should strawberry plants be mulched for the winter months? I don’t want to smother them or cause any harm if the plants aren’t ready. I still have some green living-looking leaves on my plants, although most of the big leaves have turned mostly brown and look dead. Can you give me some advice as to how to go about mulching? Any help would be much appreciated!
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Q: How to Go About Overwintering Hydroponic Strawberry Plants?
On October 30, 2015, Bradford Nick asked:
I have my strawberries outdoors in hydroponics. Summer has ended and we’ve had several killing frosts, but the seascape strawberries are still growing and flowering. My plan is to keep the strawberries in their hydroponic net pots, and to overwinter these pots with the roots hanging out, in a box of sand in the garage. I have a lot of runners I never trimmed. My question is, next year, will I get better production from the mother plants, or from the runners? Will unrooted runners survive 5 months in cold sand?
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Q: Problems Growing Strawberries in Containers?
On September 23, 2015, Bob asked:
I have a large container on my patio with strawberry plants in it. This was the 2nd summer for these strawberries. Unfortunately, the plants only put out a handful of strawberries back in early June. I was very disappointed to say the least. I had stopped by a local nursery to pick their brains about the lack of yield I had this summer. The lady there told me that strawberries grown in containers don’t typically produce a lot of fruit compared to those growing in the ground. She also asked me if I had fertilized my strawberry plants last fall before winter set in. I had never heard of doing this. Why would you fertilize a plant that is about to die from the coming cold months? If this is true, when do I fertilize? Now, that the plant is still green and alive, or do I wait for it to curl up and die after winter hits? It should be noted that I leave this container outside on my patio uncovered and exposed to the snow and elements all winter long. It survived fine this way last winter and grew back really nice this past spring, so I really didn’t have to baby it at all to keep it alive. It survived! Also, what fertilizer, if any, do I use for this fall fertilization?
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