Strawberry 'Fairfax'

Fragaria x ananassa

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

Water Requirements:

Average Water Needs; Water regularly; do not overwater

Sun Exposure:

Full Sun




Foliage Color:

Unknown - Tell us


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)

Where to Grow:

Grow outdoors year-round in hardiness zone

Can be grown as an annual


Handling plant may cause skin irritation or allergic reaction

Bloom Color:

White/Near White

Bloom Characteristics:

This plant is attractive to bees, butterflies and/or birds

Bloom Size:

Unknown - Tell us

Bloom Time:

Mid Spring

Other details:

Unknown - Tell us

Soil pH requirements:

5.6 to 6.0 (acidic)

6.1 to 6.5 (mildly acidic)

Patent Information:


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


This plant is said to grow outdoors in the following regions:

Middletown, Delaware

Radford, Virginia

Troy, Virginia

De Forest, Wisconsin

Gardeners' Notes:


On Jun 29, 2016, coriaceous from ROSLINDALE, MA wrote:

This cultivar is now again available in commerce. Not a viable commercial cultivar, but an option for the home garden.

The flavor is unsurpassed. Less productive than modern cultivars, and more prone to bruising in harvesting. The variety is resistant to leaf spot and other leaf diseases, but is susceptible to red stele root disease and virus infections.

Bred by George M. Darrow in 1923, selected in 1925, and released in 1933.


On Jun 29, 2016, strawberrystore from Middletown, DE wrote:

I have been growing this amazing variety for 2 years. The fruit flavor and aroma is phenomenal. The berries are not as soft as many have reported. I'm sure they wouldn't withstand a cross country trip in a truck but I believe that are suitable for market gardeners, pick your own operations and definitely home gardens. The season is way too short but the harvest is fair sized. I grew the plants in aeration containers where they have thrived. The plants produce moderate numbers of runners starting as the fruit season winds down. I now am rooting runners for sale in the fall of 2016 and beyond.


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 su... read more


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.