How to distinguish between the 3 types of Strawberries
There are 3 types of strawberries namely Spring-bearing (Known as June-bearing in the Northern Hemisphere), Ever-bearing and Day Neutral. In the Northern Hemisphere Spring-bearing is called “June-bearing”, because June is the start of Spring in the Northern Hemisphere. Since South Africa’s Spring starts in September, I make use of the term Spring-bearing as opposed to June-bearing, to avoid confusion.
- Spring-bearing strawberries are the traditionally grown strawberries that produce a single, large crop per year during a 2 – 3 week period.
- They are classified into early, mid-season and late varieties.
- Spring-bearing strawberries produce many runners, their fruit are larger than the other 2 types and they produce their crop at once.
- They need space and will grow as a groundcover.
- Ever-bearing strawberries are very productive and produce three periods of flowers and fruit during spring, summer and autumn.
- They do not produce many runners and instead focus their energy on producing multiple harvests.
- The fruits are usually somewhat smaller than those of the spring-bearers and they are excellent to eat fresh.
- Ever-bearing strawberries are ideal for gardeners who have limited space – they can be grown in terraced beds, barrels or pyramids.
- They can also be used as an edging plant or a groundcover.
Day Neutral Strawberries
- Day neutral strawberries are similar to the Ever-bearing types, except that they do not produce runners and they produce fruit ongoing throughout the growing season.
- Four to 6 plants will provide a handful of strawberries on a regular basis.
- They are ideal for edgings, in the rock garden, containers or narrow rows in the vegetable garden.
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