Albion strawberries are a recently developed variety from California. Plants produce large, conical berries throughout the season. They are everbearing and will hold up especially well in long, hot summers while enduring and producing until late in the fall. Albion is a popular variety for home gardeners due to the bounty of red flavorful berries and its ease of care and growth.
|Hardiness Zone||Zones 4-7|
|Harvest||May – October, 12-14 weeks after planting bare root plants|
|Soil||Ideal pH 6.5 – 6.8, keep moist and well drained|
|Maintenance||Space far apart, fertilize well|
|Plant Type||Day Neutral|
|Berry Flavor||Sweet when fully ripened|
Albion strawberries were first introduced in 2006. It is a hybrid variety bred in California with the lineage Diamante and Cal 94.16-1.
Where to Grow
Although they are hardy and can be grown as perennials up to zone 4, Albion will also thrive in much hotter climates. This variety will live life as an evergreen in humid frost free areas.
Provide Albion strawberries with full sun and rich well-drained soil and you will be rewarded with high yields of tasty fruit. They are extremely heat tolerant and will continue to produce large juicy berries as long as they are well watered. Harvest ripe berries consistently to make space and energy for the other flowers and fruit on the plant. Keep beds well weeded, fed (add compost or fertilizer) and apply mulch to suppress weeds and retain moisture.
Albion are bred to be resistant to verticillium wilt, phytophthora crown rot and anthracnose.
No specific disease is known to affect Albion plants or berries.
Albion are fast growers. They are everbearing and will produce throughout the season, even during times of excessive heat. Berries are firm, symmetrical and conical in shape.
Give plants more spacing than other varieties. Make sure they’re well watered and receive extra treatment when it comes time to fertilize. The additional care will result in an abundance of large sweet berries. Beds of everbearing varieties will last one to two years, do not attempt to renovate.
Where to Buy
- Amazon – 25 Bare Root Plants
- Burpee – 25 Bare Root Plants
- Etsy- 25 Bare Root Plants
- Johhny’s Seeds – 25 Bare Root Plants
- Gurneys – Albion Everbearing Strawberry Plant
These berries are delicious eaten fresh. But because of their size and good flavor, they are also great for canning preserves and jams, baking and freezing