Elan is popular among large scale berry farmers, home gardeners and consumers alike. It’s impossible to tire of the consistent supply of super sweet strawberries from these everbearing bushes. Keep them well watered and fertilized and enjoy the fresh berries all season long.
|Hardiness Zone||Zones 5-8|
|Harvest||July – October, until the frost|
|Soil||Ideal pH 6.5 – 6.8, well-drained and richly fertilized|
|Water||Keep soil moist|
|Maintenance||Feed with compost + add mulch|
|Plant Type||Day Neutral|
|Berry Flavor||Classic strawberry, sweet|
Elan was bred in Holland years ago. The hybrid was designed to have strong resistance to diseases and produce substantial yields from summer through the fall.
Where to Grow
Can be grown successfully in the field, containers and greenhouses. Best zones for Elan are 5-8.
Give Elan F1 strawberries full sun and rich, well-drained soil to keep everbearing plants fruiting from summer all the way up to the last frost. Young plants should be well watered and weeded. Incorporate a feeding of compost at least once in the spring and again in the fall. Lay mulch to keep roots cool and moist and suppress weeds. Remove all flower buds for the first 6 weeks after setting out. Eliminate all runners during the first year to focus energy on getting established and growing.
Elan F1 is resistant to all diseases, a wonderfully designed feature of this hybrid. Keep pests away by planting garlic, onion, and marigolds among strawberries
Powdery mildew is always a threat to anything planted low to the ground. Keep plants well spaced to encourage air flow.
Elan will grow vigorously and produce an abundance of medium, cone-shaped berries over the course of a season. The fruit is incredibly sweet with a classic strawberry flavor. Will produce fruit in its first year, starting in midsummer and fruiting well into the fall. Elan’s edible flowers add interest and slight strawberry flavor to salads, drinks and desserts. Has a high sugar and vitamin C content.
Feed strawberry bushes on a schedule throughout the season. The consistent blooms require a lot of energy to set and fruit as often as they do. Stay on top of picking and harvest fruit as soon as it’s ripe. Beds of everbearing varieties will last one to two years, do not attempt to renovate.
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Fresh Elan berries have an unbelievably sweet taste. But because of its high sugar content, they add an amazing strawberry flavor to jam, baked goods and smoothies.
hello, i have been propagating and growing elan plants commercially in a small scale for the past 5 years. two years ago i shaped some raised beds coverd by plastic groundcover material and transpanted the plants in their final positions. they have become huge in most cases but as you also write in this article, are now producing less fruit. i am considering to change my farm’s location for various reasons. I see that you mention that one should not attempt to renovate beds of elan. if i just split the plants into three of four new plants, would you consider this as renovation or would these new plants be cosidered as younger plants that will be more productive? i have done some tests and transplanted in the way i mentioned above a month ago to this new location and waiting to see the results. if you have any suggestions i would be grateful
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