Sweet Charlie Strawberry Plants

sweet charlie strawberriesThis 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.

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Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants

ozark beauty strawberriesThis page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Ozark Beauty’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  At the end of the page is a directory of suppliers from which you can buy Ozark Beauty strawberry plants.  Hopefully, you will find the details here that you need in order to make an informed decision regarding whether or not Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are right for you and your growing conditions and needs.

Where to Grow Ozark Beauty Strawberries

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants were developed in Arkansas and have proven to be one of the most popular and adaptable of the everbearing strawberry varieties.  They generally grow extremely well in zones 4 through 8, and can even perform in zones 3 and 9.  They are particularly well-suited for more northern climates and the higher elevations in the south.  With appropriate care, Ozark Beauty strawberries can survive winter temperatures to -30 degrees.

Ozark Beauty strawberry plants have become one of the best-selling of all commercially sold everbearing strawberries in large part to its overall robustness and adaptability.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Ozark Beauty strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

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Chandler Strawberry Plants

chandler strawberriesThis page is a profile summary of the strawberry cultivar ‘Chandler’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  It will provide details on Chandler strawberry plants and Chandler strawberries so that an informed decision can be made regarding its suitability for varying uses and growing locations.  Chandler strawberry suppliers are also listed below if you are looking to buy chandler strawberry plants.

Where to Grow Chandler Strawberries

Chandler strawberry plants were originally developed in California and have proven to produce exceptional yields in the coastal states as well.  The variety is a favorite of commercial strawberry growers in southern California, especially for winter production.  Additionally, Chandler strawberries grow well in zone 5 through zone 8 and are well-adapted to the southern states.  Overall, however, California strawberry farmers will see the highest yields on the west coast, and strawberry growers in the Carolinas usually see the highest yields on the east coast.  The Chandler strawberry variety also does well in home gardens.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Chandler strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

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Benicia Strawberry Plants & Mojave Strawberry Plants

Benicia Strawberry Plants & Mojave Strawberry Plants: Introduction

mojave strawberry plantsThis page is a profile summary of the new strawberry cultivars ‘Benicia’ and ‘Mojave’ (Fragaria x ananassa).  It will provide details on Benicia strawberry plants as well as Mojave strawberry plants and the strawberries each produces so that an informed decision can be made regarding its suitability for varying growing locations and uses.  Benicia strawberry suppliers and Mojave strawberry suppliers are also listed.

Why Benicia Strawberries and Mojave Strawberries Were Developed

As agricultural practices improve and more acreage is planted with strawberry plants each year, the consumers of strawberries have had the good fortune of seeing the fruits they love become more affordable.  However, with the increasing yields and competition (from Mexico and other regions) dropping prices, the profits realized by the strawberry industry in southern California have also declined.  As money seems to be the entity that makes the world go ‘round, there is a constant push to develop new cultivars of strawberry plants that improve upon the beneficial traits of the older strawberry plants while eliminating or minimizing the negative traits.

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How a New Variety of Strawberry Plants is Developed

How a New Variety of Strawberry Plants is DevelopedHave you ever wondered how a new variety of strawberry plants is developed?  The big, luscious strawberries that we all know and love haven’t always existed.  In fact, they are a relatively new phenomenon.  The original wild-type strawberry species produced (and still produce) tasty strawberries.  But, those strawberry plants cranked out tiny (relatively speaking) fruits.  When the first Garden Strawberry was successfully bred (see the Strawberry Plant page for more of the development history of today’s strawberry plants), the path was paved for the creation of the strawberry cultivars we grow today.

While the most successful breeding programs are funded by the state, individuals or non-governmental groups can endeavor to breed better strawberry plants as well.  This post describes some of the thoughts and targets that should guide any strawberry plant breeding program.

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Blakemore Strawberry Plants

Blakemore Strawberry Plants: Introduction

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

Where to Grow Blakemore Strawberries

Blakemore strawberries were once very popular across much of the United States.  At one time, Blakemore strawberry plants were even the most common strawberry cultivar grown in the state of North Carolina.  Since its heyday, newer strawberry varieties have been developed that exceed most of Blakemore’s positive traits while avoiding its negative traits.  Consequently, few commercial suppliers exist and few nurseries still maintain Blakemore strawberry plants for sale.  At their peak, Blakemore strawberry plants were grown optimally in Zone 3, Zone 4, Zone 5, Zone 6, Zone 7, and Zone 8, and they can survive winter temperatures as low as -35 degrees F, with proper care.  For more specifics on the cultivation of Blakemore strawberry plants, see the Growing Strawberries page.

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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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The Mountain Strawberry

mountain strawberry

Mountain Strawberry Names & Scientific Classification

The mountain strawberry is a member of Fragaria glauca (for broader strawberry plant nomenclature, see the scientific classification common to all strawberry plants on the Strawberry Plant page).  However, Fragaria glauca is synonymous with Fragaria virginiana subsp. glauca, and the two names can be used interchangeably.  Common names used for this strawberry plant species are: Mountain Strawberry, Virginia Strawberry, Wild Strawberry, Scarlet Strawberry, and Glaucous Blue Strawberry.

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