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Beverly Hills, CA

September 7, 2008
10:19 PM

Post #5521582

Hello all,

It is nigh on autumn and here in the desert Southwest I am preparing for my winter fruit and vegetable beds. I am determined to grow strawberries. Does anyone have any recommended heirloom varieties. I prefer ever bearing.

I thank you very kindly in advance,
Beverly Hills, CA

September 10, 2008
9:56 PM

Post #5535402

Could it be there is no such thing as an heirloom variety of strawberry?

Augusta, GA
(Zone 8a)

September 11, 2008
12:58 AM

Post #5536195

Possible, since all commercail strawberries are hybrids propagated by stolens, The oldest cultivars that I know about that are still around but rare are Blakemore and Fairfax.
Newport, NC

October 31, 2008
1:54 PM

Post #5736453

Is it easy to propagate strawberry plants from seed? Can the seeds go directly into the ground or should they be started in flats? What about the daughter plants - do they produce as much as the mother plants? Hope to actually have some to eat next year.


Benton, KY
(Zone 7a)

October 31, 2008
3:08 PM

Post #5736675

Fairfax is listed with SSE, as is one called Old North Sea. It was found growing in an abandoned Viking settlement in Denmark. Supposed to be suited for PNW type of climate, so that leaves AZ out though. Another variety is called Scarlet and was from a 1700's English source.

It would be my guess that heirloom strawberries would be more suited for cooler, damper weather,as that is their natural habitat.

Alpine strawberries can be propagated from seed. The more 'tame' ones will probably not grow true from seeds.
Beverly Hills, CA

October 31, 2008
6:30 PM

Post #5737354

Hi Melody,

Thank you so kindly for this information. Strawberries are more than a challenge here in Arizona. I have some good plants growing and if I am lucky I will get an early spring crop. Despite my desire to grow varieites like what you have mentioned, I know I wouldn't be doing them or myself any sort of service by trying to get them to survive our heat. I shall have to move!

Thank you once again,
Hester, LA
(Zone 9a)

February 10, 2009
6:15 AM

Post #6118658

I'm trying to get some old Louisiana strawberries that are dwindling next to extinction. There are a few varieties, all are smaller with less of a yield - but have a flavor so good, you'll spit the regular ones out. One is the Tangi, can't remember the others off hand - quite possibly some could have been Sicilian originally. I need to try to find the guy in Tickfaw, LA who keeps a few going to make strawberry wine. I think Henry Amato, I saw an adress on the ineternet, but don't know where it is as of now. I should've planted by December.

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