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Buying Strawberry Plants

Before the purchase of new strawberry plants you have to consider two things. Firstly, if you would like to plant strawberries that fruit every year at the end of May and June, or if you would prefer everbearing varieties that bloom and fruit all summer? And the second consideration when buying strawberries is: are you planning to plant your strawberries in a garden bed, or will they be grown in a container on a balcony or terrace? For the latter, there is a Lubera range which is particularly suitable, the two varieties from the Parfum Strawberry Range…’Fraisonette’ and ‘Fraisibelle’.

Strawberry Plants from Lubera

You can find most varieties of strawberries for every application everywhere.  But when you buy strawberry plants from the Lubera Online Shop, you can be sure that we have bred our own varieties. We have bred these strawberry varieties not only for all types of use, but also for their extraordinary fruit quality and their resistance, as well as for the easiness of use in the garden.


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Strawberry Mara des Bois 6-Pack

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Strawberry Parfum Fraisibelle®

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Strawberry memories

What are your first memories and associations when you think of strawberries and strawberry plants? Sweet, child, children's mouth, sweetness, aroma, scent, summer, sun and the feeling of endless pleasure: another strawberry and another. With strawberries, when you were a child, you simply could not stop eating them!  Only very few fruits can one remember as clearly as the strawberry. However, a shop bought strawberry from the supermarket is a poor imitation of what a strawberry plant can do in the garden, on the balcony or on the terrace, when we grow strawberries ourselves and reap its fruit fully matured in the sun.

Strawberry PlantThis is because the strawberry from our own garden or from the balcony box does not have to be transported for weeks, it does not have to resist the inspecting glances and groping fingers of the buyers in the supermarket, no, it only needs to taste beautiful when our children or grandchildren or even us, pop these tasty fruits into our mouths. Summer warm, sun-ripened, sweet and bright red, fragrant melting, sometimes also crunchy and juicy-fruity…..for this, a strawberry must be straight out of the garden. And so this amazing strawberry experience can be yours when you choose the right strawberry varieties from the Lubera shop and also read our strawberry tips below.

What Does June Bearing and Everbearing Strawberries Mean?

This is perhaps the most important distinction in the world of strawberries. First of all, the June bearing varieties, bear fruit only in May and June, once a year, but with a concentrated quantity and quality.  These June bearing strawberry varieties have their own growing rhythm, which is in time with the length of daylight, therefore in the shorter growing days, from August, they only internally prepare the flower buds for next year. In the spring / summer, with more daylight and after the vegetation rest in the winter, they can develop their flowers and fruits.

The everbearing varieties constantly produce new flowers during the vegetation period. They do not depend, therefore, on the length of the day, like the June bearing strawberry varieties. Some everbearing varieties have a rather stronger yield in June / July, others such as e.g. Parfum Fraisibelle run into their high form in summer / autumn. But basically, they can develop both fruits and flowers over the whole growing season. All in all, both types of strawberry, the June bearing and the everbearing, have comparable yields, but these are distributed over a longer period with the everbearing strawberries than with the June bearing classic strawberries.

Where Are Lubera Strawberries Grown And Propagated?

We breed our strawberry plants in Buchs, in the St. Gallen Rhine Valley in Switzerland, near Lake Constance, and also in our plant nursery in Northern Germany, in Bad Zwischenahn.  Because of this we are able to monitor the entire history of a strawberry plant and, therefore, can fully vouch for its quality. Our work is not limited to the cultivation and selection of new varieties of plants, we also test our existing varieties every year in fruit cultivation and every two years we select the best carriers and tastiest favourites, which are then used again as a basis for propagation. This allows us to ensure that our varieties remain stable and not only retain their good properties, but also use this method to improve these properties step by step. In addition, our plants are regularly tested to make sure that they are virus-free. So you can be sure that you buy the best and most healthy strawberry plants from us.

(Picture of the experimental cultivation of Lubera varieties with assortment selection)

The Right Time For Planting Strawberries

Thanks to the use of potted plants, todays strawberry plants can always be planted at any time. Once planted, they grow immediately and quickly find themselves in their normal rhythm, which takes into account the course of the season. Nevertheless, the best planting time for strawberries is still the summer, mid-July to mid-September. The relatively freshly propagated plants with their active white roots immediately establish themselves in the warm summer soil and begin to form flower buds in their plant heart after a short growing phase in the shorter summer and autumn days. After the cold phase in winter, the plant is firmly established and ready to start to develop the many pre-arranged flowers into tasty and sugary fruits. In the case of the everbearing varieties, the time of planting plays a less important role since they are always ready and able to differentiate and grow new flowers. If you buy everbearing strawberries with a rather small root ball, it may be useful to remove the first flowers or fruits, to allow the fertile plant a little time and strength to grow. In order to have ease of any problems and successful strawberry planting, Lubera has chosen large pot bales. In our 6-packs (6 strawberry plants in a tray), the root balls are 7 x 8cm, the balcony strawberries such as ‘Freeclimber’ we even offer in the big single pot with 12cm diameter. So you can always rely on the fact that our plants grow well when you buy them from our shop.

The Right Place For Strawberry Plants

Strawberries love humid, moist, rather light soil. If your soil is rather heavy in your garden, it is worth adding some sand, well-stored garden compost, or 1 to 2 sacks of Fruitful Soil No. 2 (per m2) to the planting area.  The strawberries will thank you with faster establishment and more yield. Strawberries also needs enough sun, otherwise how would they be able to produce such sweet fruits? However, they can also be planted in sunny and half-shaded areas. As with most fruit-bearing plants, an open, exposed situation is better than an overly sheltered site: some air passage helps to dry the leaves more quickly and allow less fungi to accumulate on the leaves and on the ripening fruits. Note: Strawberries are Rosaceae and suffer from replanting problems, so you should always have a break of 4 to 5 years between two strawberry cultures.

How To Plant Strawberries?

Strawberry plants are best planted at a distance of about 30 cm in the row and from 40 to 70 cm between the rows. If the strawberry plants are to be kept in the same bed for two to three years, the distance may also be chosen a little further, since the heart of the strawberry plants become thicker and wider each year, forming more and more leaves, flowers and runners. Conversely, a very compact growing variety such as Parfum Schweizerherz can also be planted to a distance of only 25 cm.

The depth of the plant is chosen so that about one third to half of the heart is covered with soil, but the rest is still visible. If, after planting, however, only the leaves are seen, it has been planted too deep; if one still sees a part of the roots, it has been planted too high. Perhaps the most important measure in strawberry planting is to break the root ball somewhat; this is particularly important when you plant strawberries in autumn or spring, because they will already have an older, densely rooted root ball. If you do not so this, there is a danger that the roots will remain in the root ball and will not want to root out; in wet years, the roots rot; in dry years, the plants dry up ...

When Should You Renew A Strawberry Bed?

Strawberries cannot be eternally fruitful and produce good and equal fruits, as they tend to degenerate in the same bed. They are attacked by diseases, the leaf-like tissue becomes too dense, and the attack of Botrytis becomes stronger and viruses accelerate. This degeneration can easily be explained by the growth of the heart. Every year more leaves and flowers are formed, the power of the plant spreads on more of the fruits, and so the quality of the fruits and later also the vitality of the plant deteriorate. The strawberry plant has been well protected against this degeneration in nature. It has learned in evolution not only to propagate seeds, but also to form runners, which then re-establish themselves at some distance from the plant. Over this vegetative process, which has not been carried out by seed, the strawberry ensures that it can always rejuvenate itself.

What does this mean for home gardening? Most cultivar varieties are cultivated today for 1-year cultivation. June bearing varieties are planted in the summer, bear in the following May and June - and then their strawberry life is already finished. In contrast, we have selected the Lubera varieties so that they have their climax in the second year of the yield and can easily endure for 3 years. After that, however, it is time to renew the bed. Of course we are happy if you buy fresh, strawberry plants selected for beneficial effects from our shop, but of course it is also possible to propagate plants yourself from the old bedding and establish a new bed. Attention: This should not happen over several generations, otherwise the quality of the young plants decreases rapidly, and this DIY propagation should only be done with healthy and well-bearing varieties and mother plants.

Strawberry Plant Propagation

It is quite simple and also a lot of fun to propagate strawberry plants. Of course, I say this with a laughing and a crying eye. 'With a weeping eye: Because we are naturally looking forward to you buying fresh and healthy strawberry plants of our very best varieties from our shop. And with a laughing eye: Because I know that the propagation of plants is indeed so much fun, one is full of joy from helping new strawberries begin life anew. And as already mentioned above, after a few years the whole cultivation cycle will begin again with fresh tested and raised plants by the professional propagator ...

Here We Show The DIY Propagation Of Strawberry Plants In 6 Steps:

First step: Look at your 2-year or 3-year-old strawberry plants during the flowering and harvest periods and select the plants with the highest yield, with the best fruits and with the healthiest leaves.

Second step: After harvesting, loosen the ground around the mother strawberry plant, make it weed-free and improve it with some compost or with the Fruitful Lubera soil No. 2.

Third step: At the end of June, early July, there will be fresh runners spreading around the mother plant, press these runners slightly into the loose and rich garden soil, so that they can develop roots.

Fourth step: After 3 to 4 weeks, the fresh young plants will have grown and formed beautiful fresh young roots. They can now be carefully separated and transplanted. If some soil remains on the roots, this is of course better, but it is not a problem if the roots are exposed. Do this when the weather is overcast and not too hot. Remove the largest leaf of the young seedlings and keep the 1 to 2 leaves of the young plant if possible, so that they cannot use up too much water until they grow.

Fifth step: Now the freshly excavated new strawberry plants can be planted in the new well-prepared strawberry bed. The strawberry plants should be watered well after planting. If possible, they should now be slightly shaded for 1 to 2 weeks. Alternatively, a small greenhouse can be built above the bed with spring steel rods and tunnel plastics, which ensures absolute humidity thanks to daily watering. Do not be afraid if the young strawberry plants look a bit limp at first and leave their leaves hanging. As long as the leaves do not dry up, they will soon recover and stand up to their old freshness.

Step 6: After about 2-3 weeks, the young plants have grown, they do not need to be regularly watered and kept moist, but are now weaned by their own care and learn to get their water needs and nutrients themselves.  In another 2-3 weeks, Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser (long-term fertilizer, 50 gr per m2, slightly mixed) can be used, so that the June bearing varieties can quickly produce flowers and the everbearing varieties can start immediately with the formation of flowers and fruits.

Where Can I find The Best Strawberry Plant?

The best strawberry plants are those that meet your requirements in taste and timescale and are easy to grow.  So look no further than our specially bred varieties at our Lubera online shop!  The shortest route and easiest option is usually the best way !

When And Where Can One Buy Cheap Strawberry Plants?

Strawberry plants can be bought almost everywhere in the spring and also in August, also in chains such as Aldi and Lidl, where there are many interesting offers. Make sure that you have good varieties and that they have descriptions of these varieties. All too often strawberry varieties are sold with fantastical promises offered. Another important criteria: The root ball should be as large as possible, so that the plant can develop next year’s flower-buds in their heart. With Lubera, therefore, we offer plants in the 6-row tray whose pot bales are twice as large as most competitors. We are deliberately producing everbearing varieties even in an even larger 12cm pot.  Nevertheless, we also understand that you will probably plan to buy strawberry plants as cheaply as possible when planning a larger bed.  In the height of strawberry planting season, in August, we often offer special deals on our website to cover your bigger strawberry plant demands! The best and safest way to find out about it is by subscribing to our newsletter, the Lubera garden newsletter.

Strawberry Selection: Old Strawberry Varieties, New Varieties, Lubera Varieties

There are so many strawberry varieties and this can get quite confusing. On the whole, most of the varieties offered for home gardening are older commercial cultivars, e.g. Korona, Elsanta, Elvira, Honeyoye etc. Because these have not been specifically bred for the home garden, they are not necessarily the best choice for growing at home. You can also find very old varieties, which are then praised as a special feature. Yes, it is true, an old historical variety like Mieze Schindler tastes very good, but the yield is very small, the fruits are small and they fry on the plant in the summer sun, and above all many old varieties as well as Mieze Schindler cannot pollinise themselves, so that you would still have to use a pollinator plant. Not exactly the dream of simple strawberry growing ... In our Lubera strawberry breeding, we try to combine the best of both worlds: the aroma and, above all, the smell and perfume of the old varieties (and the special characteristics of other types of strawberries like Fragaria vescana) on the one hand, and on the other hand, the yield, the fruit-size, and the fertility and fruitiness of the modern varieties. For this our breeding lines, the Parfum varieties and also the Frutium varieties have been developed. For the Parfum varieties the influence of the old varieties as well as the botanical strawberry varieties is most noticeable, their aroma is simply incomparably intensive, perfumed and aromatic. In the case of the Frutium varieties, our goal is to create modern varieties with a gourmet taste and also exciting combination of crunchiness / bite, sugar and acidity. Yes, even the acid is very important for the fruity taste, only sweet varieties are quickly boring and lame.

Strawberries In Pots, Containers Or Balcony Box

In our strawberry cultivation and with our varieties, we also pay particular attention to properties that are important for growing in containers, pots and balcony boxes. Of course, we have selected specific varieties for this purpose, which are everbearing and have beautiful and always new & fresh flowers, which in turn themselves have also ornamental value. The perfect examples are the extremely strong flowering strawberries called Fraisonette and Fraisibelle and we will be continuing in our work with this direction in breeding.

The Pink Future Of The Garden Strawberry

At the moment, we are breeding and preparing new pink and red flowering strawberry varieties, which have the same fruit quality as the white blossoming varieties. The handicap of rose coloured varieties is that although they are beautiful (as are our varieties Schweizerrot and Fruirose), they still suffer from the fact that the rosaceous colour was caused by the crossing of Potentilla into the strawberries and so the pink-breeding had to start with strawberry fruits, which taste very watery .... With our new generation of rosaceous varieties, the taste will be good and the ornamental value will be even better because we have been able to strengthen the flower formation by the inter crossing of Vescana strawberry blood.

The Five Most Important Tips For Your New Strawberry Planting

If you buy strawberry plants from Lubera, here are the 5 most important strawberry tips to help you grow them easily and successfully.

1. Fresh soil: Plant it in a fresh place, where no strawberries have been growing for 4 to 5 years. If a plant has not worked well in an area, do not plant it there again.

2. Fertilise your strawberries 2-3 weeks after planting with long-term fertiliser (Frutilizer Seasonal Fertiliser Plus) - 50 grams per m2, please lightly mixed; if you have introduced a lot of compost into the bed, you can reduce the fertiliser by 50%.

3. Planting density: Do not plant too close together, so that leaves are able to dry; so fungi can also be less of a danger, 25-30cm distance must be!

4. Fighting diseases naturally: Always remove fruits which are infected during harvesting.

5. Straw: Before the first fruits begin to colour, carefully place a straw under the strawberries and place the flowers and fruit on them. They remain so dry and clean and tend to decay less.

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