Michigan Strawberry Plants

This publication was written by Dr. Eric Hanson of the Department of Horticulture, Michigan State University, East Lansing, Michigan, and was published by the Michigan State University Extension of Van Buren County.

The publication contributes the following informational results of growing trials in Michigan of different strawberry varieties:

1.  The conditions of the trial.  Soil and weather conditions are outlined.

2.  The comparative production of multiple strawberry varieties.  Early season varieties, mid-season varieties, and late-season varieties are considered.  A data table is included with the results.

3.  The conclusions are presented.  Honeoye is the most productive early season Michigan strawberry variety, Kent and Cavendish were recommended for mid-season productivity, and All-Star and Jewel were the best strawberry plants for Michigan in the late season category.

If you are not from Michigan and are seeking to find out which strawberry variety would grow well in your area, see here: Recommended Strawberry Varieties by State.

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8 thoughts on “Michigan Strawberry Plants”

  1. I used to pick wild strawberries on the way to school in Ann Arbor in the seventies. The berries were small and very sweet. Can anyone hazard a guess as to what variety they were?

  2. The “click here to download or access this resource” link is not working. What JUNE BEARING varieties are recommended for good taste and high yield in West Michigan? Thank you

  3. I have grown sure crop strawberries for many years (30+years) in my home garden and have been very pleased with them, using them for freezing and fresh eating. However, for the past few years, including this year, my berries are lovely to look at, but have very little taste. Do you have suggestions to improve this? Can you suggest a variety that might be more satisfactory for me? I live in the middle of lower Michigan near Adrian. Thank you for any help you can give me.

    • Carol,
      The most common cause of that is cold injury. If you had a frost or very cold temperatures in the last several days, the cold temperatures are likely to blame. Certain fungal infections and parasite infestations can also cause it. Those are harder to deal with, however, so hopefully you just had a bit of frost damage. Good luck!

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