Strawberry : Sequoia
Semi-early season. The fruit freezes well. Immensely popular in CA, especially for Southern CA winter production; also performs well in the East and worth trying in the South.
Rosaceae Fragaria x ananassa
These were the original garden strawberries and produce a single large crop over a period of several weeks in early summer (which is why they are called June bearers). You may be able to extend the harvest season to a couple of months by planting several varieties (early, mid-season and late). A single large crop may be a problem if you only like fresh berries, but it’s fine if you are growing for sale or preserving.
Be aware that they don’t produce a crop until their second season of growth.
The June bearers have declined in popularity with the introduction of the more versatile, longer bearing types, but they can produce exceptionally flavored fruit.
Strawberries are hardy during the Winter and can withstand frost. It is important to plant your berries in a place that is sheltered from Spring frosts, as strawberries become very tender once they blossom.
Crops Spring Transplant, Fall Transplant Growing Season Short, Long Cultivar Type Early Growing Conditions Cold, Cool, Warm, Hot, Short days
Strawberries love sunshine. They will tolerate moderate shade, but they produce significantly better when they are planted in an area that receives full daytime sun. Plants will tolerate frost, but should be protected before.
Plant strawberries as early as you can so you can get growth going. You’ll have to wait until the soil is at least 60F.
Strawberries must have full sun (at least 6 hours daily) for maximum productivity and best flavor. They will tolerate some shade, but productivity will suffer.
In hot climates, strawberries will benefit from afternoon shade.
Strawberries must have a steady supply of water at all times, but especially during flowering and fruiting. Water is also very important in fall when next year’s flower buds are developing. If they are dry at this time it can affect the following year’s crop.
The plants should receive at least 1″ of water per week, though of course the exact quantity needed will depend upon the growing conditions. Drip irrigation works best as it keeps leaves and fruit dry, which reduces the potential for serious fungus and disease problems.
Strawberries are fairly hungry plants and should be given plenty of nutrients (especially phosphorus and potassium) for maximum fruit production.
Suitability Tolerates light frost, Tolerates hard frost, Needs summer shade Small Gardens? Yes Containers? Yes
Strawberries are an excellent candidate for container growing, and will thrive in almost any size container so long as it drains well. Fill the container with a good, loamy potting mix and add fertilizer as necessary. Plant the strawberries so that the root is fully covered and the crown is just above the soil line.
Attracts beneficial insects? Yes Color Red Fruit Size 1.0 – 2.0″ Plant Height 6.0 – 8.0″ Plant Diameter 10.0 – 12.0″ Hardiness Zone 4-10 Disease Resistance verticillium wilt (V) Taste Profile
Dark red, sweet fruit.
Rotation Group Perennial
Plant and grow strawberries in your own backyard!
Last Frost Date (LFD) refers to the approximate date of the last killing frost of spring. Example first frost date on April 08.
First Frost Date (FFD) refers to the approximate date of the first killing frost of winter. Example first frost date on November 01.
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Sequoia Strawberry Plant
Early-maturing variety! Grow your own excellent dessert-quality fruit without the wait. Medium-height plants develop vigorous runners for increased berry production. Large, glossy berries are plump and juicy with a long conic shape. Flavor is outstandingly sweet and subacid with highly pleasing aromatic qualities. Developed by University of California and introduced in 1972. Disease-resistant to leaf spot. Cold hardy. Ripens in June and may bear into fall. Self-pollinating.
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