An excellent high yielding mid-season Dutch variety, one of the most widely grown commercial cultivars. A supermarket favourite due to its excellent storage qualities, size of fruit, and the fact that the fruit is less prone to bruising than many other varieties. The attractive fruit is glossy, orange-red in colour, has a delicious sweet flavour and is produced in abundance. The berries are large, conical in shape and easy to pick by virtue of the open growth habit of this variety. A good choice for the home grower as it has a delicious taste and can grow under most conditions. Can be susceptible to powdery mildew and will require protection from frost. Height: 20cm (8in). Spread: 30cm (12in). Cropping period: mid-June to mid-July. Self fertile.
Plant at a distance of 12-18in (30-45cm) apart, and 2ft (60cm) between the rows.
A sunny & sheltered position is ideal, but they will tolerate most soil types. When creating the bed, mix in a good dose of compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil. Create a small mound in the middle of the bed/planting hole and spread the roots out evenly over it. Ensure that the crown is level with the soil then replace and carefully firm the soil around the roots. Water in well.
Regular weeding is important as with the very nature of their low growing habit, Strawberries run the risk of being swamped. Ensure you don't cultivate too deeply close to the plants & rooted runners as they are shallow-rooted and could easily be damaged. Apply a mulch yearly to prevent heaving action caused by frost & a yearly dose of general purpose fertiliser will help to maintain your plants in top condition.