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Junebearing vs. Everbearing Strawberries

Junebearing vs. Everbearing Strawberries

Junebearing? Everbearing? Day-neutral?

Strawberries are an easy plant to grow, for either commercial applicatins or beginner gardening. One of the few hurdles a beginner can face is selecting which variety of strawberry. Very early on, you will have to choose between ever-bearing and june-bearing varieties. What is the difference?


1. June-bearing Strawberry Varieties

June-bearing Strawberry Varieties (such as Jewel or Honeoye) are the traditional farming staple. With one bumper crop each year, usually in early June, they make it easy to schedule production and accomodate your other plants, as well. These varieties are the first fruits to ripen, and tend to taper off when the summer heat comes (90+), and will bloom again the next year. The berries and harvest of junebearing strawberries are somewhat larger than the ever-bearing varieties. They also runner heavily, which makes propogation easy, and also makes them a good groundcover option for landscaping.

Hardiest varieties can winter to about minus -20 degrees Fahrenheit.


2. Ever-bearing Strawberry Varieties

Ever-bearing strawberry varieties (such as Ozark Beauty or Quinalt) generate several harvests (usually two, once in mid-summer, and once again in early fall). You can expect harvest the very first year of production. You can regulate growth by pinching the blossoms or letting them grow. Each harvest is smaller than the June-bearing varieties, but having these fruits available in the late summer and fall will be a great treat for your table, or remarkable profit at your fruit stand

These runner well, and are ideal (and highly recommended) for hydroponic, auquaponic, and multi-level growing environments, where the benefits of these varieties will be abundant.

Hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit.


3. Day-neutral Strawberry Varieties

Day-neutral strawberry varieties (such as Seascape, Albion or Tristar) were developed in the early 60's by select breeding programs in California to produce continuously throughout warmer weather (even above 90F) until frost. They are unaffected by day-length and able to grow in temperatures between 35-89 degrees. You can regulate growth 'clusters' by pinching the blossoms or letting them grow. You can expect three harvest periods the very first year of production. The berries and yields are smaller than the June-bearing varieties, but extending the strawberry season adds remarkable profit at your fruit stand -- imagine if you could provide fresh strawberries throughout the year! 

These runner well, and are ideal (and highly recommended) for hydroponic, auquaponic, and multi-level growing environments, where the benefits of these varieties will be abundant.

Hardy to about 20 degrees Fahrenheit.

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