Cardinal Strawberry Plants

Cardinal Strawberry Plants: Introduction

cardinal strawberries plantThis page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Cardinal’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  It will provide details on Cardinal strawberry plants and Cardinal strawberries so that an informed decision can be made regarding its suitability for varying growing locations and uses.  Cardinal strawberry suppliers are also listed.

Where to Grow Cardinal Strawberries

Cardinal strawberry plants were developed specifically for the south and will usually perform quite nicely in USDA hardiness zones 5, 6, 7, and 8.  Optimal conditions for growth are found in Alabama, Arkansas, Delaware, Florida, Georgia, Kansas, Kentucky, Louisiana, Maryland, Mississippi, Missouri, North Carolina, Oklahoma, South Carolina, Tennessee, Texas, Virginia, and West Virginia.  They will also survive and produce in Zone 4, though not as optimally.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Cardinal strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

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Growing Cardinal Strawberry Plants: Conditions

Like most strawberry varieties, Cardinal strawberry plants prefer full sun and require moist, well-drained soil.  Cardinal strawberries do best growing in soil within a pH in the range of 5.6 to 6.5.  If rainfall is not sufficient, regular watering will be required.

Disease Resistance of Cardinal Strawberry Plants

Cardinal strawberry plants have good resistance to several common strawberry diseases.  They are resistant to leaf spot, leaf scorch, and powdery mildew.

Disease Susceptibility of Cardinal Strawberry Plants

The Cardinal strawberry cultivar is susceptible to several common diseases.  They are susceptible to gray mold, red stele, verticillium wilt, and anthracnose.

Cardinal Strawberries

Cardinal strawberry plants produce very large fruits.  Additionally, Cardinal strawberries are very sweet, making them a favorite item on any table.  Cardinal strawberry plants are June-bearing, and they produce their harvest over the span of 2 to 3 weeks during Midseason (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information).  The best time to pick Cardinal strawberries is after the very tip of the fruit has turned red.  At this point, the strawberry will be red throughout with full flavor.

At maturity, Cardinal strawberries are red and firm with a glossy appearance.  They are excellent for processing, very good for freezing, good for fresh eating, and fair as a shipping berry in a commercial operation.  Cardinal strawberry plants produce a high yield.  This characteristic along with its taste and firmness make Cardinal strawberries one of the ideal choices for pick-your-own or U-pick farms.

Notable Features of Cardinal Strawberry Plant & Strawberries

1.  High Yield of Strawberries

2.  Very Large Strawberries Are Produced

3.  Developed for the South

4.  Good Choice for Pick-Your-Own Operations

Additional Information about the Strawberry Cardinal

Cardinal strawberry plants are usually vigorous and hardy once established.  A mature plant will often be over a foot tall, occasionally reaching heights of 18 inches.  The plants attract bees, butterflies, and birds.  The first two are relatively benign, but birds will help themselves to the strawberries, so protective netting may be desired.

The Cardinal strawberry cultivar was developed by H.L. Bowden, J.N. Moore, and W.A. Sistrunk and was released by the AAES (Arkansas Agricultural Experiment Station).  Its characteristics have helped increase its popularity since the cultivar was released, and Cardinal strawberries are now the most common commercial strawberries grown in Oklahoma.

Purchase Plants from These Cardinal Strawberry Suppliers

If you are wondering where to buy Cardinal strawberry plants, the following list contains reputable suppliers of Cardinal strawberry plants.

Greenwood Nursery and Gardens
636 Myers Cove Road
McMinnville, TN 37110
Phone: 1-800-426-0958

Farmer Seed and Nursery
818 NW 4th St.
Faribault, MN 55021
Phone: 507-334-1623

Simmons Plant Farm
11542 N Hwy 71
Mountainburg, AR 72946
Phone: 479-369-2345
Fax: 479-369-2345

Bob Wells Nursery
17160 CR 4100
Lindale, TX 75771
Phone: 903-882-3550
Fax: 903-882-8030

For many other varieties of strawberry plants, you can visit our directory of Strawberry Plants for Sale Online. If you are a supplier of Cardinal strawberry plants and would like to be added to this page, feel free to contact us.


6 thoughts on “Cardinal Strawberry Plants

  1. Hello Mr. Strawberry,

    I would like to learn more about Cardinal since info on your website and others are not quite the same regarding disease resistance. I also would like to know when this variety was first released.

    Thank you as always.

  2. Before my husband passed away in 1983, we had cardinal strawberries—-the BEST I ever tasted! As he said, it didn’t take many of these to make a dozen, the are huge!
    I am now in a condo, and have just purchased a planter that has many “holes” for planting and will stand about 5 ft tall when put together. Can I successfully grow my beloved cardinal strawberries in this type of gardening? And, what kind of soil would be best?
    That little patch of ground yielded over 100 qts of berries the (2nd) year!!!!
    Thank you for helping me try to reproduce wonderful memories of my husband and the memory of that delicious fruit!

  3. I will be planting Cardinal Strawberries soon. What spray schedule with what pesticides should I be on to prevent diseases and any other pest problems? I am a certifided pesticide applicator.

  4. I planted 100 cardinal strawberry plants this spring. They did great (I picked all berries and blooms off this first year) until the deer ate all the leaves off. Now the plants are mostly dead. Can I plant more in the fall? Do I still have to pick off blooms and berries next spring?

    Thank you for your help.

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