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.

chandler strawberry plants

Growing Chandler Strawberry Plants: Conditions

Full sun is greatly beneficial to Chandler strawberry plants, just like all other strawberries. Chandler strawberries, however, are susceptible to root rot and absolutely must have well-drained soil and be planted properly. The preferred soil pH is about 6, and additional watering is needed when rainfall is not sufficient.

Chandler strawberry plants are June-bearers and can be grown well in matted rows (although they will likely perform better with commercial plasticulture systems). When they are healthy, the mature plants will grow to be about 8 inches tall and spread 1 foot across, but their roots are shallow.

In warmer climates like southern California or Florida, Chandler strawberry plants will be ready for harvest beginning, oftentimes, in March with a harvest that can last up to 3-4 weeks. Under optimal growing conditions, each Chandler strawberry plant can produce a basket of strawberries.

Disease Resistance of Chandler Strawberry Plants

Chandler plants are not known to have strong resistance to any of the common strawberry plant pathogens. They are, however, tolerant of gray mold.

Disease Susceptibility of Chandler Strawberry Plants

Chandler strawberry plants are not known for their resistance to common strawberry diseases. They are susceptible to leaf spot, leaf scorch, and red stele. Chandler strawberries also will succumb to anthracnose.

Chandler Strawberries

The vigorous, high-yielding, June-bearing Chandler strawberry plants produce very desirable strawberries. Chandler strawberries are very large, firm, and produce early-season to mid-season (see the Strawberry Varieties page for more information). The strawberries vary from being long and wedge-shaped to large and conical. They are a brilliant red color, glossy, and have an exceptional flavor profile.

Chandler strawberries are good for eating fresh or shipping and very good for freezing. They are, however, only a fair choice for processing.

Notable Features of Chandler Strawberry Plant & Strawberries

  1. Very Good Commercial Variety, Particularly with Plasticulture
  2. Good for Growing in the Coastal States and Southern States
  3. Excellent Choice for Pick-Your-Own Strawberry Operations or U-Pick Farms
  4. Very Large Strawberries Are Produced
  5. High Yield of Strawberries
  6. Excellent Flavor Profile

Additional Information about the Strawberry Chandler

Chandler strawberry plants are protected by the United States government under plant patent #5262. To be an authorized seller of Chandler strawberry plants, a license is required from the University of California Strawberry Licensing Program. The program can be reached at (530) 754-8462.

Chandler strawberry plants (as well as some other Strawberry Varieties) are sold in different ways by different suppliers. The majority of suppliers sell the plants by quantity (either 10, 25, 50 or more plants). Some Chandler strawberry plant sellers offer their plants by weight. Be aware that one pound of strawberry plants can vary in quantity. The average number of plants comprising a pound should generally be about 30. However, there can be as many as 40 or as few as 20.

Purchase Plants from These Chandler Strawberry Suppliers

If you are wondering where to buy Chandler strawberry plants, the following tables contain reputable suppliers of Chandler strawberry plants.

Amazon.comUS Berry Plants
De Groot,
Ison’s Nursery & VineyardLassen Canyon Nursery Inc.
Peaceful Valley Farm & Garden SupplyA.D.R. Bulbs, Inc.
Bob Wells NurserySimmons Plant Farm
Willis Orchard CompanyMorgan County Seeds
Mountain Valley GrowersIndiana Berry
Nourse Farms
1300 Salmon Creek Road
Redding, CA 96003
Tel: 530-223-1075
Fax: 530-223-6754
472-715 Johnson Road
Susanville, CA 96130
Tel: 530-254-6867
Fax: 530-254-6166
370 Evitt Cenetery Road
Cashiers, NC 28717
Tel: (828) 743-3674
Fax: (828) 743-0174
1604 Hale Ridge Road
Scaly Mountain, NC 28775
Tel: (828) 526-3989
Fax: (828) 526-4408
P.O. Box 340,
11555 Paskenta Road
Red Bluff, CA 96080-0340
Tel: 530-529-6485
Fax: 530-529-6488
P.O. Box 97
Unicoi, TN 37692
Tel: (423) 743-7511
Fax: (423) 743-3773
P.O. Box 441
Watsonville, CA 95077
Tel: 831-724-6009
7013 Highway 58
Stantonsburg, NC 27883
Tel: (252) 238-2155
7307 Hwy 221, Billtown
Centreville, Kings County
Nova Scotia, B0P 1J0
Tel: (902) 678-7519
Fax: (902) 678-5924
36 Evergreen Hill Road
Simcoe, Ontario, N3Y 1B8
Tel: (519) 428-1087
Fax: (519) 428-6357
256 Haut Riviere Nord
St-Cesaire,Quebec J0L 1T0
Tel: (450) 469-3380
Fax: (450) 469-0320
80 Little Dyke Road
Glenholm, Nova Scotia B0M 1L0
Tel: (902) 662-3820
Fax: (902) 662-2891
3500 NC Hwy 133
Rocky Point, North Carolina 28457
Tel: (910) 675-2394
Fax: (910) 602-3106
982 North Bishop Rd
Kentville, Nova Scotia, B4N 3V7
Tel: (902) 678-4497
Fax: (902) 678-0677
RR #2, Simcoe
Ontario, N3Y 4K1
Tel: (519) 426-3099
Fax: (519) 426-2573
R.R. #1, Alberton
Prince Edward Island, C0B 1B0
Tel: (902) 853-4184
Eurosemillas, S.A.
Paseo de la Victoria 31-1 º-A
14004 Cordoba, Spain
Tel: 34-9-57-42-17-32
Fax: 34-9-57-42-20-92
Web Site:
Territory: Spain, The United Kingdom, Chile, Argentina, Mexico, Poland, Morocco, Tunisia, Czech Republic, Slovak Republic, Romania, India, France, Turkey, Brazil, Germany, Italy, Netherlands, and Portugal
Southern Resource Services (Pty) Limited
PO Box 138, Mt Macedon, Victoria, Australia, 3441.
Tel: 61-3-5426-4909
Territory: South Africa
Zanzi Fruitgrowing Equipment, s.r.l.
Via Modena, 19
44100 Ferrara, Italy
Tel: 39-053-27-72-288
Fax: 39-053-27-72-241
Web Site:
Zanzi-Sublicensee List
Territory: Italy, Belgium, Germany, the Netherlands, Greece, Luxembourg, Israel, Switzerland, Egypt, Bulgaria, and Hungary.
90 Rue Lareault
C.P. 96
Lavaltrie, Quebec J0K 1H0
Tel: (450) 586-1850
Fax: (450) 586-1051

36 thoughts on “Chandler Strawberry Plants”

  1. I bought a Chandler strawberry plant from a local nursery and transplanted it into a hanging basket. It seems to be doing well and has produced a few ripe berries already, but they are not sweet. Why aren’t they sweet… can I amend the soil in some way to make them sweeter?

  2. This is the weirdest thing.
    My Chandler strawberries are ripening this fall with greenery germinating from what looks like the seeds on the ripe berries. I scrape the greenery off and enjoy one of the best varieties of strawberries I’ve eaten. Is this greenery growth normal?
    Bakersfield, California (zone 9)

  3. I am in central Arkansas and have an attractive bunch of Chandlers that do not produce berries. Well, maybe 5 berries out of the 50 plants. Beautiful bunch of flowers, nice bright green plants, but just do not produce berries. My Seascapes are producing a wonderful crop and are in the same vicinity.

    • Hi John, sorry to tell, but strawberries need a “winter” (cold temperatures, short daylength) to initiate flowering. Many people sell suckers from an area where there is no winter. These suckers when planted will hardly produce any strawberry. Get your plants from a serious producer. Good luck, Erik

  4. Mr strawberry. I live in San Diego on the coast. I planted chandler strawberries in February. The plants are 12inches and look very healthy. So far there have been no flowers to develope into berries. Since I am in a warm client I expected fruit now. Should I wait until June or is there something wrong which I can correct now. Thank you ken

  5. Hello my name is ronald am originally from east Africa but lives in Dallas Texas. My question is how could i get the seeds of the chandler cos they are the only one that does good in my country so far cos i can’t be able to transport the seedlings.

    • Ronald mayaka,
      Unfortunately, Chandler is a hybrid variety and won’t grow true from seed. So, you’ll either have to figure out a way to import the plants or pick a different variety. I’m sorry!

  6. 6 miles from coast in So. Cal. 2yrs. great chandlers. Last 2 yrs. entire crop100 plants failed. Planted Nov. initial growth good. Leaf out nice then center/crown leaves die. Shortly after entire plant dies. Currently using good organic products to build up soil , John & Bobs soil optimizer and my own compost. What’s your opinion on the disease? Should I attempt another yr. of Chandlers? Of another type of strawberry?

    • Chuck,
      I’d do neither until you have your soil tested. You might have parasitic organisms that have set up shop in your soil, or your soil may be contaminated with one of the many fungal pathogens to which strawberry plants are susceptible. Good luck!

  7. I live in east Texas and I have “Allstar” that I bought last year and “Chandler” this year. I lost a whole crop to anthracnose about three years back and after pulling them all up I sterilized the soil under plastic for about a month. I’ve planted mine in pots now and would like to know the best organic way to prevent anthracnose and other strawberry diseases. Thanks!

  8. Iwish to plant strawberries in my country(Easthern Nigeria).in that part of the world, we normally have enough rainfall between June through september.can Chandler, sweet Charlie and Oark grow in such tropical area? Secondly, wish know the different between strawberry plant and seeding.

    • Godwin Ozuah,
      It is unlikely that strawberries will do well in your climate, if they survive at all. They are temperate in nature and prefer a cooler home. Strawberry plants are just grown-up seedlings. If you are asking about the difference between daughter/runner plants and plants grown from seed, that is a bit different. Daughter plants have identical genetics to their parent plant (clones) while the seedling is usually a cross-pollinated plant with new genetic material. Good luck!

    • Jerry Melton,
      It depends on the weather, but the risks increase substantially after mid-October. It is best to get them in the ground no later than the end of the first week of October, and planting in September is far better. Good luck!

    • Patty,
      Chandler strawberries are June-bearing and will produce a primary crop in the spring. One or two berries may mature at other times, but the amount will be insignificant. Good luck!

  9. I am trying to establish a business to export strawberry seedling varieties to some of the Gulf countries. I had a number of successful attempts to grow them in The Sultanate of Oman, UAE and kuwait. Can Chandler be part of these trials as we had good result with Camarosa?
    Do you recommend any other varieties to this region and what is my chance of importing Chandler outside USA as you mentioned that it is a protected variety?

    • Wahab ghobashi,
      As to the specifics of exporting Chandler, you would have to check with the customs officials in your country. If Camarosa did well where you are, Chandler likely would as well. Good luck!

  10. Hi Mr. Strawberry,
    Excellant site. Very informative. Got a question.
    I would like to grow strawberries in a country called Sri Lanka. This is a tropical country in Asia. The Specific location where I want to grow has temps Ave high in low 70 deg F and Ave low about low 50deg. Will this climate profile suit strawberry growing. If so, what varieties would be recommended. Thanks.

  11. No, Mr. Strawberry. You can’t get off that easily! 🙂
    WHY do Chandler strawberries make less than ideal preserves? There must be a reason (or two).

    • Lisa Airey,
      In all my years of writing about and growing strawberries, the things I have read and heard about Chandler strawberries is that they are not at the top of the list when it comes to preserves. As for the scientific, double-blind, placebo-controlled studies that prove that, I unfortunately don’t have any to share! I can tell you that in the 96 square feet of strawberries just outside my door I have Sweet Charlie, Chandler, and Ozark Beauty strawberries growing. The preserves made from the Sweet Charlies are a notch above the other two. And, via anecdotal evidence, my experience is not unique. Adding lemon juice can indeed help if you don’t have enough pectin, but that isn’t my experience with the Chandler preserves. Other varieties just taste better! Strawberry jams made from the variety Sparkle are (anecdotally) superior to most others. That’s all I have for you in the way of proof (thin, I know)! If you have both Chandler and other varieties in your patch, why not make a few jars of each and then report back? Let us know which of yours is better! Thanks, and good luck!

  12. What makes Chandler strawberries less desirable for jam making? Lower acidity? If so, can’t that be easily corrected with fresh lemon juice?

    • Lisa Airey,
      The general consensus is that Chandler doesn’t make optimal preserves. However, every tongue and set of taste buds is different! If you are growing Chandler strawberries and would like to make jam, go right ahead! Any strawberry jam makes me happy. Good luck!

    • Carlis McGhee,
      You can order them online and have them shipped to your door. That is probably the easiest way to get them these days.

  13. Mr. strawberry,

    i bought some strawberry plants in april and had them planted by may, but i dont remember the varity of them and wanted to do some more research on them. they did produce a few berries this spring, but we got hit with a very long and severe heat wave here and most of the blossoms did not set. i am noticeing that they are produceing runners now but i need to move them to a better spot for next year. should i wait until it gets colder, so they are dormant or can i cut the runners until i am ready to move them to a more strawberry friendly plot?


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