Strawberry Varieties

Introduction to the Strawberry Varieties Page

If you have decided to plant strawberries and need help sorting through the myriad of strawberry varieties to pick the right one for you, you’ve come to the right spot! Ever since the Garden Strawberry began to dominate the commercial strawberry industry (see the history section on the Strawberry Plant page for more details), a concerted effort to breed a better strawberry has occurred. Organizations in North America, Europe, and Australia have led the charge. As a result, new and improved strawberry varieties are developed and released almost yearly.

So, which strawberry variety is right for you, your needs, your location? Of course, it depends on several factors. This page is designed to help you consider all your options and pick one or more strawberry varieties that will perform well for you. If you have already settled on a variety, compare prices for your chosen cultivar at the Buy Strawberry Plants page.  You can also find a directory of plant suppliers at our Strawberry Plants for Sale page.  Or, you can find strawberry seed suppliers at our Strawberry Seeds page.  Whichever strawberry varieties you select, be sure to reference the Growing Strawberries page for help maximizing your strawberry yield!

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Recommended Strawberry Varieties by State

recommended strawberry varieties by stateIf you have landed on Strawberry Plants .org looking for guidance regarding planting or growing strawberries, you are in the right place.  Many people come here looking for advice on which specific strawberry variety they should plant in their respective states.  Well, as one might expect, there are a lot of different climates and growing conditions out there.  Each of the United States has its own unique general soil composition, rainfall, and weather patterns.

Consequently, any given strawberry plant variety is likely to do better in one specific region than other regions.  While some cultivars are able to adapt to many environments, others have been bred to be highly productive in a relatively narrow climate range.

This guide is a state-by-state list of strawberry varieties that do well in each state.  Once you find your state and a prospective variety for your own garden, you can check the Strawberry Varieties page for more information or go to the Buy Strawberry Plants page to order them directly from an online nursery.  If you have a specific nursery from which you would like to order, see if they offer your chosen variety by looking them up in the Strawberry Plants for Sale directory.  Without further ado, here are the best strawberry varieties for each state:

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Buy Strawberry Plants

buy strawberry plantsThere are countless thousands of online merchants these days, and they sell every imaginable product, item, thingamajig, and plant.  Of course, you can buy strawberry plants online these days too.  In fact, there are a host of sellers of strawberry plants just waiting for you to hit their homepage.  Well, do you want to know where to buy strawberry plants?  Look no further.  You can use this page to purchase strawberry plants according to the specific variety or varieties you want at the best possible price.  The work has been done for you!  Just click the name of the strawberry variety in the table below for which you are looking, and you will jump to a table listing all the known merchants who offer that variety of strawberry plants for sale.

How to Use the Buy Strawberry Plants Page

where to buy strawberry plants onlineTo make the most of this directory, you need to know which type of strawberry you need and which cultivar you want.  To understand the differences, and to get an idea of varieties that will work for you and your circumstances, first visit the Strawberry Varieties page.  If you don’t care much about learning the specifics, you can go with one or two of the Recommended Strawberry Varieties for Your Location.  Once you know what you are looking for, come back here and find the best price for strawberry plants by comparing prices for each and every variety you want.  Once you find a nursery, farm, or supplier with whom you are comfortable doing business, you can find all the varieties they offer by looking them up in the Strawberry Plants for Sale directory (they are in alphabetical order).

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Popular Strawberry Varieties

popular strawberry varietiesIf you are looking for guidance on which strawberry varieties will grow well where you live, you have come to the right place.  Strawberry Plants .org has numerous resources that will help you find whatever it is that you need, as long as it is related to strawberries or strawberry plants.  One of the most common problems a gardener encounters is finding an appropriate strawberry cultivar.

There are numerous strawberry varieties in existence.  Finding the right one for your conditions can be difficult.  The best place to start is likely to find which varieties are recommended for your state (see the recommended strawberry varieties page).  But, if you want to just go with the flow, the varieties listed below are the most popular varieties offered by nurseries selling strawberry plants directly to the public.

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The Archer Strawberry Variety

archer strawberry varietyIt has taken fifteen years for the Archer strawberry variety to come to fruition.  There is quite a bit of effort and a ton of patience involved in bringing a new strawberry variety to market.  And, the new Archer strawberry variety is no exception.  The New York State Agricultural Experiment Station in Geneva, New York (Cornell University), has finally released the variety that was selected in 2001.  Courtney Weber, associate professor in the School of Integrative Plant Science, is the man responsible for this new and exceptional variety.  If early indicators are correct, this berry could significantly boost both farming revenues and culinary enjoyment.

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Delizz Strawberry Plants & Seeds

strawberry delizzDelizz 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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Fairfax Strawberry Plants

fairfax strawberry plantsMany people have fond memories of eating strawberries as children on the knees of their grandparents or sneaking a few berries as they filled their baskets from the local pick-your-own strawberry farm.  Back during the “good ol’ days” the primary way people enjoyed strawberries was by picking them from their own gardens, picking them from a local farm, or buying them from a local farmer who either picked or had his help pick them for market.

Each month I have people write and ask how to find the “old” varieties of strawberries that their grandparents grew.  They testify that the new varieties just don’t seem to match their memories of the strawberries they so enjoyed during those bygone days.  The explosive strawberry flavor they remember just can’t be matched by the modern strawberries they buy off the shelf; and, they can’t even get the same flavor by growing their own strawberries from the commercially available varieties available online or at local nurseries.

Well, I’m happy to be able to let everyone know that old-fashioned is back…

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Novelty Strawberries

novelty strawberriesNovelty Strawberries for the Home Garden

It is finally that time of year again! The winter freeze is in the process of giving way to the spring thaw, and that means it is time to start planning your garden. The sooner you start planning, the sooner you will be ready to plant, and the sooner you will be ready to harvest delicious earth-grown produce.  Novelty strawberries could be an option for the adventurous gardener this year.

Since strawberry plants often find their way into many gardeners’ plots each year, I thought it might be beneficial to review some of the lesser-known options. If you have a square foot garden or a few extra rows (or even a partial row) of space to use, you may want to consider branching out into some of these novelty strawberry varieties.

Everyone knows the traditional red and juicy strawberry. Many don’t know that there are other, less-common options available as well. This post will familiarize you with you options. If you are a bit adventurous and willing to branch out, try planting one or more of these novelty strawberries. You’ll find them unique and well-suited as attraction-getters, whether you use them in salads, enter them in contests, or find other amazing uses for them!

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Recommended Strawberry Varieties for Canada

Recommended Strawberry Varieties for CanadaStrawberry plants are, in my humble opinion, a truly fascinating marvel of nature.  They are amazingly adaptable; they propagate themselves in a plurality of ways; and they produce a fleshy red, white, yellow, or purple fruit that is universally prized by the intelligent and instinctive creatures that live all around us (including us human folk!).  They have developed and adapted means of surviving sub-zero temperatures, and, consequently, can be grown from the warmer temperate regions of our great planet all the way north or south to the frigid regions.

But, their adaptability and genetic flexibility have allowed for selective breeding.  Researchers have been able to breed for desired characteristics.  And, while such breeding programs have allowed for improved disease resistance, bigger strawberries, different colors, and more commercially-viable cultivars, the breeding has also culled some of the hardiness from some of the varieties as specificity has narrowed by region.  Today, not just any strawberry variety will do well in just any ol’ location.  The more extreme the weather, the more specific one should be when selecting a specialized variety for planting in order to obtain the best harvest from your efforts.

That, my strawberry-loving friends, is where this post can help!  If you live in the frigid environs of Canada (at least in winter), you need to know how to pick an appropriately hardy strain of strawberry plants so that you end up happy with your final yield of fruit.  If you are from the United States, go here for your state-by-state recommended varieties.  This page is a compilation of each of the recommend strawberry variety lists for each of the Canadian provinces and territories.

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Snow White Strawberry

strawberry snow white strawberry varietyNew Snow White Strawberry Variety

With the recent surge in popularity of white strawberries, it isn’t surprising that more varieties of the pale delicacy will be coming to market.  While the exotic pineberry (see here for all the details: Pineberry Pineberries) is still the class leader, a new white strawberry variety is trying to work its way into the limelight.

The strawberry Snow White is now being sold in the UK.  Just as Pineberries began their foray into the market within the bounds of Europe, so also do the suppliers of ‘Snow White’ hope to launch a new wave of these albino-like cousins of the traditional red strawberry.  While not technically an albino strawberry, the lack of bioflavonoids do result in ripe fruits lacking the familiar red hue.

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Vote for Pineberries

vote for pineberriesFor green thumbs and garden aficionados, Christmas is nice, but it isn’t the most wonderful time of the year.  That honor is reserved for the week after the holiday through the first of January.  Why?  Because that is garden planning season!  The anticipation of the holidays yields to the post-holiday bleakness for some, but the anticipation of warmer weather, green shoots, and delicious harvests causes many more to rush to their mailboxes each day to thumb through the full-color catalogs of seed and plant offerings by the nurseries around the country.

Each year, new offerings and better plants become available.  Along with the standard improvements in size, shape, and yield, new varieties are developed and released, and new exotics become popular.  This year, I suggest you consider “voting” for something different: pineberries.  Pineberries burst onto the scene a few years ago in the UK, and their popularity trajectory has increased constantly since then.

Pineberries are a great addition to any garden.  What are they, you ask?  Where can you get your own, you ask?  Well, this site exists for answers!

Go here for pineberry information and history, where you can buy pineberries, and linked information about pineberry seeds: PINEBERRY & PINEBERRIES

Vote for Pineberries 2013 by planting some yourself!  Then, spread the word by sharing with your friends using the share buttons at the top of the page!

 

Flavorfest Strawberry Variety

flavorfest strawberry varietyFor those strawberry enthusiasts who have an interest in the latest and greatest developments in the world of horticulture, I am pleased to spread the word about the latest strawberry cultivar released by the breeding program at the United States Department of Agriculture’s Agriculture Research Service at Beltsville, Maryland.  ‘Flavorfest’ is the latest improved variety selected and subsequently released by the program at the end of 2012.  It takes quite a bit of work and research and testing for a new variety to be developed, and Flavorfest shows considerable potential.

Flavorfest is well-suited for growing in the mid-Atlantic and northeastern regions of the United States, as well as bordering regions.  It should perform well for growers using annual plasticulture methods or the more traditional matted row system, and trials have produced excellent results at various locations ranging from North Carolina into Canada.

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Purple Strawberries

purple strawberriesIntroducing the Purple Strawberry

Strawberries are big business.  Really big business.  In fact, the strawberry industry is a multi-billion dollar worldwide business.  And, the market keeps getting bigger and better – just like the strawberries themselves.  Since there is so much money to be made selling one of the world’s most delightful and relatively easy to grow fruits, new varieties are constantly being developed, refined, and even engineered by manipulating the genetics of the strawberry plant itself.  While I am not keen on the artificial manipulation of the core genetic structure of any food, much less something already as delightful as strawberries, it is hard to argue that something new seems to always be making headlines regarding strawberries.  Now, the latest in the strawberry color scheme is available for your home garden: purple strawberries!

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The Best Strawberries for Making Strawberry Wine

best strawberries for making strawberry wineEvery now and then, an adventurous soul will ask me about making strawberry wine (you can learn about making strawberry wine on the Strawberry Wine Recipe page).  Invariably, one of the first questions asked is, “What are the best strawberries for making for making strawberry wine?”  After all, it all begins with the strawberries!

Best Strawberries for Wine: Background

Strawberries are uniquely suited for making “consume-me-now” wines.  Unlike wines made from grapes, aging doesn’t improve the body of many strawberry wines.  Additionally, the relatively high sugar content of virtually all strawberries makes most strawberry varieties suitable for wine making.  Grapes, on the other hand, are highly variable.  Some grape varieties are noble, and some are, well, not.  By no means are all grapes equal when it comes to wines.  And, to be fair, all strawberries are not equal either; it is just that the variability is much less, making most strawberry varieties acceptable choices.

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