Strawberries & Rhubarb
Tristar Strawberry Plants
Fragaria x ananassa Growing your own strawberries is fun, inexpensive, and easy. Developed at the University of Maryland and proven to perform well across the country. Recommended for freezing, Tristar bears from spring through fall. It consistently yields a large crop of firm, sweetly aromatic, large, glossy red berries that are filled with lip-smacking flavor. Remove runners for best fruit production. Tolerant to leaf blight and resistant to verticillium. Everbearing variety.
Our Strawberry plants are shipped in mid-March. Order early for best availability. Complete growing instructions are included with each order.
PLEASE READ: Not available to US Territories or Canada.
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• Strawberries require fertile, well-drained soil, high in organic matter, with an optimum soil pH of 5.5-6.5
• Prepare beds by deeply digging in a 1 inch layer of compost and 5 pounds of bone meal for 100 square feet
• Plant in raised beds, and cover with plastic or straw mulch to prevent fruit contact with soil, which can cause rot
• Keep beds evenly moist, use drip irrigation if possible, avoid wetting fruit; plants need 1-1.5 inches of water per week during the growing season
• Plant 12-15 inches apart in all directions
• Pinch off runners to keep plants productive
• June bearing: Produce berries over a 2-3 week period in early summer
• Everbearing: Produce berries consistently from late spring through fall
• Plant in 4 inch pots and hold for a few weeks if soil is not ready when you receive plants
• Dig in 1/4 cup complete fertilizer per plant
• Pinch off blossoms of everbearing varieties until July 1st
• Pinch off blossoms of June bearing varieties the entire first year
Insects & Diseases
• Common pests: Root weevils, aphids, and slugs
• Pest control: Neem oil or Pyrethrin, and baits or traps for slugs
• Common diseases: Mold, mildew, root rot and verticilium wilt
• Disease control: Rotate every 3-4 years with new plants, Greencure®