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Everbearing Strawberries

Everbearing Strawberries

Everbearing StrawberriesIf you want to harvest strawberries not only in May and June, but over the whole vegetation period, you can … by buying everbearing strawberry plants. These are also called remontant strawberries or whole-year strawberries; in English they are called everbearing strawberries and in French they are known as remontants and perpetuels. The advantage of this type of strawberry is obvious: regular harvesting of tasty fruits every week is an interesting alternative to the concentrated harvest only in May or June as with the June bearing strawberries. After all, the strawberries are destined for everyday enjoyment, for muesli, for children and grandchildren, in short: they are the perfect fruits! 

The best everbearing strawberry varieties can be found in the Lubera Garden Online Shop

In our own breeding we succeeded in raising the quality of everbearing strawberries to a gourmet level, which has naturally increased the attractiveness of the permanent carrier varieties. In addition, the constantly developing flowers naturally also increase the ornamental value, the visual attractiveness of the strawberry plants and thus make the everbearing strawberries ideal candidates for the culture on balcony and terrace. This applies in particular to the pot and balcony strawberries Fraisibelle and Parfum Fraisonette, but, of course, also the hanging strawberry Parfum Freejumper and the climbing strawberry Parfum Freeclimber. The best-tasting everbearing strawberry for the classic garden bed is surely Parfum Eternal Love (Ewigi Liebi) - here the name is quite irresistible and reminds us of the Swiss connection (‘Ewigi Liebi’ is Swiss dialect for ‘eternal love!)

   
 
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Opulent, dark pink flowering climbing and hanging strawberry

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Neon pink flowering gourmet strawberry for balcony boxes and bed plantings

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Strawberry Alexandria 6-Pack

Wild strawberry, also for balconies

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Strawberry Mara des Bois 6-Pack

An aromatic everbearing variety that bears strawberries all summer long

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Everbearing Strawberry - The Strawberry for Pots

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Everbearing Strawberry - The Balcony Strawberry

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The aromatic climbing strawberry

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When do you buy and plant everbearing strawberry plants?

Whenever you want to do it ;-) But seriously: these strawberries can be planted always in the growing season, since they do not obey any seasonal laws in their growth rhythm and flower formation, and therefore they can always differentiate flowers and immediately develop them. However, from mid-October onwards, only in exceptional cases, one should plant unspoiled strawberry varieties as the plants can no longer establish themselves safely in the garden site or in the pot. As with the June bearing strawberries, a good planting time is also in the summer, since the plants can grow most rapidly in the warm summer soil. Also the spring planting at the end of February to May works well too.

Benefits and disadvantages of everbearing strawberries

The advantages of the everbearing strawberry varieties or all-year strawberries, are obvious: from these plants you can harvest fruits during the whole vegetation period, whilst with other types the harvest is limited to 2-4 weeks. This also leads to the most important drawback of the everbearing strawberry varieties: the harvest quantity per unit of time, e.g. per week, is of course, much smaller than for the classic June bearing strawberry varieties. Therefore, you should select and buy everbearing strawberry varieties, if you want to continually pick and pick some strawberries ... Until recently it was also the case that the none everbearing varieties tasted much better than the everbearing varieties, but now with Lubera’s breeding, we have reached a gourmet standard with our everbearers, and they taste just as good as Parfum Schweizerherz, for example. In particular, the Parfum Ewigi Liebi is a real breeding breakthrough, because it is the first ever-present variety with excellent taste quality and at the same time the same fruit size and fruit strength, which even most of the June varieties cannot keep up. A small disadvantage of the everbearing strawberry varieties is, however, unfortunately still present: they are still somewhat less winter hardy than other regular varieties. This is the case, in particular, with the everbearing varieties in containers and will be discussed in more detail below. However, no special winter protection is necessary for the permanent bearers, if they are plated in the soil, in normal garden beds.

The most important tips for the right planting of everbearing strawberry plants

In order to make the planting of everbearing strawberry varieties simple, safe and successful, we offer them in specially sized pots: the garden gourmet strawberry Parfum Ewigi Liebi as well as the strawberry Alexandria in a 6-Tray with large 7-8cm root ball and all other varieties in a big single pot of 12cm diameters. This is a good start guaranteed. In addition, it is worthwhile to pay attention to the following tips when planting everbearing strawberries:

Break the ball & not too high!

1. Breaking the root ball: break the root ball before the planting, especially in spring planting, so that the roots are forced to root outwards. This is all the more important, the more dense the existing root balloon has already grown through the strawberry roots.

2. Too high and not too deep plants: After the planting, the strawberry heart, from which new leaves, branches and blossoms emerge, should still be visible, but should also not be completely "in the air".

Keep your distance & relieve growth stage!

3. Keep sufficient distance: When planting in a strawberry bed, we recommend to make the distances a little further than with the June bearing strawberry varieties: ideal is about 40 cm in the row and 50cm and also more between the rows. If possible, a single-rowed plant is also ideal, since it is often harder to harvest your strawberries regularly and for a longer period of time; thus the easy accessibility of strawberry plants is of great importance for harvesting. For pot culture, we recommend that only one strawberry plant be planted for pots and buckets of up to 6 litres (20cm diameter). In a 10 litre pot, up to three long-standing young plants can be placed.  Strawberry Alexandria as well as the Parfum Freejumper can be planted closer to a distance of 30cm (9 plants per m2), so that the soil is covered as quickly as possible and no weeds can develop.

4. Relieve the first runners while establishing: In the first 3 weeks after the planting, remove the immediately developing runners and flowers. Thus, the plant can concentrate entirely on the root growth and on the leaf formation at the new location. In the case of the Strawberry Freeclimber, as well as keeping drought-free, the blooms are still to be removed for a little longer (6 weeks), so that after the start a lot of runners and tendrils can develop quickly.

Wait for mulching & fertilise!

5. Wait for mulching: If you are planning to mulch the bed for better weed control, wait at least 8 weeks for the plants to be well established. Remember not to make the mulch layer too thick and increase the fertiliser level. The mulching material binds nitrogen, which is then not available to the plant and has to be balanced with additional fertiliser.

6. Fertilising after 4 weeks: The young freshly planted strawberry plants are only able to absorb additional fertiliser after a growing time of approx. 4 weeks. We recommend a dose of approx. 50-100 gr Frutilizer Full Fertiliser Plus per square metre. This fertiliser has the advantage that it contains a lot of organic material, which releases the nutrients continuously and at the same time improves the soil.

When and how often do you plan to harvest the everbearing strawberries ?

While the June bearing strawberries ripen very quickly, so that in the harvest period at the end of May and June they must be picked every two days, the everbearing varieties mature more slowly, but of course also more continuously. Two harvests per week are completely sufficient, e.g. once at the beginning of the week and a second time on Thursday. If you want to enjoy the full strawberry flavour , you should only harvest fully red fruits. These can then be stored in the refrigerator for 2-4 days, so you do not have to leave a single weekday out of enjoying delicious fruits from your own garden. Of course, it is not a problem if you do not get the chance to pick your strawberries, because you have not had time or because you have been away. It is important, however, during the first harvest after the break to dispose of all rotten fruits, so that they cannot continually infect fresh strawberry fruits with Botrytis and other fungal diseases.

How many strawberry plants do you need for a household?

So that the strawberry wishes of the whole family can be fulfilled from the end of May to the end of September, you can count on about 6 everbearing strawberry plants for each family member. So that there are no harvest gaps, two different strawberry varieties should advantageously be planted, that is, e.g. Parfum Fraisonette and Parfum Fraisibelle, or two thirds of Ewigi Liebi and one third of Fraisibelle. By the way, if one wishes to confine the joy of strawberry to the actual strawberry season in May and June, you should plant June bearing varieties.  Of course, it is also possible to combine June bearing and everbearing varieties: then, for example, Parfum Swiss Heart would be a very good choice for spring harvesting. The immersed strawberries may be delayed by cover with straw in February to mid-April; after the straw has been cleared, they start a little later in the growing season, and begin with the harvesting process just after the June bearing varieties.

What do you do with everbearing strawberry plants during the holiday season?

We are often asked what to do with the everbearing strawberries during the holiday season or during a longer absence. Of course, it is possible to do nothing at all.  However, then, as mentioned above, it is all the more important when you return to the garden to remove all the overripe and rotting fruits and to dispose of them and then the plant will start again with freshly maturing fruits. In many cases, it makes sense to take an artificial harvesting break by cutting back the plants before the holiday season, which means cutting and removing all leaves and flowers. If at the same time you also add some additional fertiliser, the plant starts to grow again and will develop new healthy flowers and fruits that are ready for harvesting after 5 to 7 weeks on your return.

The overwintering of everbearing strawberry plants

As a matter of principle, everbearing strawberry varieties are somewhat less winter-hardy than their other strawberry relatives. This is due to the fact that they do not respond to the day's length in contrast to the one-colour strawberries and reproduce new leaves and, above all, inflorescences with corresponding light and sufficient heat - right into the late autumn. This means that they store less starch in autumn and are thus less well prepared for the winter than the other strawberry types.

…but the Lubera range….

For our fine Lubera strawberry range, however, we have only selected varieties which have survived on our cultivation fields for at least 5 years without any winter damage, without additional winter protection, and thus bring only everbearing varieties on the market which have a good winter hardiness. In regions known for winter temperatures below -15 ° C, we recommend to prepare the plants for the winter by removing the remaining inflorescences and runners at the end of October. This is especially important for container plants, which are then to be wintered in the pot. - In contrast to the varieties which are planted in the garden bed, the pot and strawberries are to be protected over the winter: the pots and crates with the strawberries in are wintered in a shaded and sheltered place so that the winter sun does not wake the plants too early from their winter sleep (and not too much water is drained from the pot). In very cold regions, the hanging and climbing strawberries can also be protected with a fleece against the cold (but also against the winter sun). In the garden bed however, as usual, no additional protection is necessary.

Which everbearing varieties are suitable for the garden?

For the classic everbearing strawberry bed, Parfum Ewigi Liebi is certainly the best variety. With this variety, we have succeeded in breeding by significantly improving the quality of the fruit (aroma and fragrance) as a result of the crossbreeding of Vescana strawberry hybrids compared to standard everbearing varieties such as Mara des Bois or Seascape and Albion but still with the classical characteristics of the normal garden strawberry (large solid fruits). Of course, also the balcony strawberries Fraisibelle and Fraisonette can be planted in the garden; but these form somewhat smaller and softer fruits, but compensate for this with gigantic yields and a huge and also very attractive bloom. When choosing the latter, you should definitely plant a mix of the two strawberry varieties, because Fraisonette brings the higher yield in early summer, while Fraisibelle can then play its strengths in autumn. Of course, also the alpine strawberry Alexandria is suitable for garden planting (and above all for nibbling children); we were able to significantly improve the fruit size and the robustness by selecting them ourselves.

Which everbearing strawberry varieties are suitable for the balcony?

For pots on the balcony and terrace we have bred special varieties, which are characterized by the fact that they grow even more strongly and the flowers and young fruits develop attractively above the leaves. As the maturity and size of the fruits increase these strawberries are easily visible at the top of the container and can also be harvested easily - as new inflorescences develop from the plant centre.   It is also best to plant a mix of Fraisonette which has the stronger flowering and harvest in the early summer, and Fraisibelle which is better in late summer. -We have also carefully tested strawberry Freejumper and the Freeclimber for pots and containers. They also have the properties which mean they can develop flowers and fruits very quickly.

Where do the everbearing strawberries come from?

The ability of the varieties of strawberries to develop blossoms and fruits during the whole growing season seems like a miracle - and it is simply wonderful. It is, however, a miracle of nature, which also occurs at the natural sites of the strawberry.  Both in the alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca) as well as in the background of the garden strawberry, the Fragaria chiloensis and still more in the North American Virginia strawberry, the Fragaria virginiana, one also finds plant populations with the perpetual bearer character. The reason for this is, ultimately, to be found in evolution: most successful plants are plants that are as fast, simple and safe as possible. If, therefore, everbearing strawberry varieties produce fruits immediately and over the entire growing season, this naturally gives them an evolutionary advantage. However, the fact that the strawberries in the wild have remained in the majority one time bearing in the northern climates is linked with the hardness of the winter, and also with the fact that late maturing summer strawberries do not reach their maturity during a limited vegetation period. In our breeding programs, we have used and strengthened these natural qualities of the strawberry and, above all, we have combined the continuous flowering qualities Fragaria vesca and Fragaria virginiana, so that our everbearing new strawberry varieties have an unprecedented bloom and that bring big fruit yields over the whole harvest period.

Lubera breeds new and better strawberry varieties for the home garden

Since the beginning of the modern breeding history of the strawberry, which began with the initially random and then conscious parallel cultivation of Fragaria chiloensis and Fragaria virginiana in the region of Brest (from which the modern garden strawberry, Fragaria ananassa originated, see more about this in our introductory text the main category strawberries)  the focus was always on the cultivation of the crop, the professional production of fruit for the fruit market. To this day, agronomic advantages such as fruit size, kilogram yield, fruit strength, pickability and transportability have been and still are the most important. For the home? garden cultivation, however, other characteristics are more important, especially the taste, aroma and fragrance, as well as the robustness of the plants and the simplicity of the culture, the continuous harvest and finally the ornamental value of the beautiful flowers. We have concentrated precisely on these qualities in our Lubera strawberry breeding program for the everbearing strawberries, with their intense aroma and fragrance. Today, due to 15 years of breeding work, we are able to offer a complete strawberry assortment of everbearing varieties, all of which come from our own breeding workshop and have been specially developed for Home? gardening. Some varieties like Parfum Ewigi Liebi and also Parfum Freeclimber are closer to the normal garden strawberries and bring a nice fruit size and good fruit strength, adaptability to all garden locations with special emphasis on aroma and perfume, while other varieties like the pot and balcony strawberries Parfum Fraisonette and Parfum Fraisibelle as well as Parfum Freejumper have inherited more portions of the alpine strawberry and their hybrids. Here the fruits are somewhat smaller and also more irregular, but they are unmatched in the aroma and in the bloom and fruit filling. All in all, thanks to the investments in our own breeding, we are able to offer an unprecedented assortment of garden varieties, with the aim of "better varieties for the home garden", which (almost) leaves nothing to be desired.  But breeding never ceases, you can always imagine more and better. In the coming years, new varieties from Lubera strawberry breeding program will also be introduced to the market. Almost automatically, however, our own breeding gives us a further advantage for our strawberry plants: contrary to normal plant breeding and trade companies, which propagate extraneous varieties of strawberries and often trade only their plants, we know our strawberry varieties very precisely, have years of experience with breeding and cultivating - and thus guarantee for your enjoyment.

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