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PlantFiles: Strawberry
Fragaria x ananassa 'Fairfax'

Family: Rosaceae (ro-ZAY-see-ee) (Info)
Genus: Fragaria (frag-AY-ree-uh) (Info)
Species: x ananassa (a-NAN-ass-uh) (Info)
Cultivar: Fairfax

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Edible Fruits and Nuts

12-18 in. (30-45 cm)

15-18 in. (38-45 cm)

USDA Zone 3a: to -39.9 C (-40 F)
USDA Zone 3b: to -37.2 C (-35 F)
USDA Zone 4a: to -34.4 C (-30 F)
USDA Zone 4b: to -31.6 C (-25 F)
USDA Zone 5a: to -28.8 C (-20 F)
USDA Zone 5b: to -26.1 C (-15 F)
USDA Zone 6a: to -23.3 C (-10 F)
USDA Zone 6b: to -20.5 C (-5 F)
USDA Zone 7a: to -17.7 C (0 F)
USDA Zone 7b: to -14.9 C (5 F)
USDA Zone 8a: to -12.2 C (10 F)
USDA Zone 8b: to -9.4 C (15 F)
USDA Zone 9a: to -6.6 C (20 F)

Sun Exposure:
Full Sun

Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:
White/Near White

Bloom Time:
Mid Spring


Other details:
This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds
Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Soil pH requirements:
5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)
6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:
Unknown - Tell us

Propagation Methods:
Unknown - Tell us

Seed Collecting:
N/A: plant does not set seed, flowers are sterile, or plants will not come true from seed

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1 positive
1 neutral
No negatives

Gardeners' Notes:

Positive hagquist On Jan 13, 2013, hagquist from De Forest, WI wrote:

Grew here, just north of Madison, Wisconsin. The strawberries were perfection--in taste and in perfume. I was told Fairfax disappeared because it was another victim of the need for fruit that ships without damage. We found that it was absolutely true that Fairfax could hardly survive the trip from garden to kitchen without bruising. Seriously. Although we usually ate most of them on the way to the kitchen, we learned to eat the rest soon after as refrigerating them reduced the amazing quality. Bottom-line, Fairfax is one of those ephemeral, seasonal treats you dream about all winter, and greedily gobble up when its time finally arrives. So, is Fairfax worth the trouble? Absolutely. Grow Sparkle strawberries to freeze; grow Fairfax strawberries, if you're lucky enough to find them, for a sublime strawberry experience. And please get in touch if you find any as we'd love to grow them again.

Neutral Farmerdill On Sep 29, 2005, Farmerdill from Augusta, GA (Zone 8a) wrote:

Another ancient cultivar noted as a dessert berry. It is a small dark red berrt. The plant is not very vigorous and is not as easy to grow as most other cultivars. Flavor is excellent, performance iffy.


This plant has been said to grow in the following regions:

Radford, Virginia
Troy, Virginia
De Forest, Wisconsin

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