STRAWBERRIES, Which are the best?

I have raised Strawberries for many years. I raise June berries(berries that produce one crop in June here in zone 7).
After reading several articles on everbearing and day neutral strawberries, I ordered 50 of four different varieties.
Please understand, that in different areas and climates you would probably not have the same results. (even the soil makes a big difference).I raised these in a 6" high raised bed, sandy soil, with black weedbarrier, and soaker hose irrigation and straw mulch.
The berries were, Ft Laramie, Tristar, Quinault and eversweet.
Ft Laramie(day neutral) Very disappointing--Made one small crop, and before the berries were ripe, leaf blight set in. I think these berries would do well in a hanging basket, they have a very colorful bloom, that is different from any I have ever seen.
Tristar(everbearing) Also disappointing, One fair crop, and no more as of yet. It was billed as a very heavy bearer.
Quinault(everbearing)A very good berry, large fruit, is blooming for the third time(not a good berry for comercial) They get soft when ripe, but Oh!what a flavor. Only disadvantage I find is the heavfoliage, it makes harvest a little difficult.
Eversweet(everbearing) Outstanding!! Medium size berry, good flavor, and the bloom pods raise above the foliage. We have had several 100F days, and yesterday it was 101F, this berry is still producing(though the berries are small) but we are in the middle of an unusual heat wave.
These berries are in full sun, and the heat wave probably has to do with poor performance of some of these berries.
QUESTION: Does anyone have a recommendation on Other Day neutral, or everbearing Strawberries. That I can try next year?
Have a good day, Rogerx
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I don't know anything about what kind is good. My neighbor gave me some that she said were everbearing and I bought some from Gurney's that are called Whoppers. I live in zone 8, we had a very wet spring and then the heat set in. None of the berries did very well. The first to come on were sour and not very big. Won't buy the Whoppers again. There everbearing ones that I have are still trying to produce berries but the sun is getting them before I do. They look to be sunburned and dry up with in a day or two. I would also be interested in knowing what kind to try next. Anna
|I have raised Strawberries for many years. I raise June | berries(berries that produce one crop in June here in zone 7). | | After reading several articles on everbearing and day neutral | strawberries, I ordered 50 of four different varieties. | | Please understand, that in different areas and climates you would | probably not have the same results. (even the soil makes a big | difference).I raised these in a 6" high raised bed, sandy soil, with | black weedbarrier, and soaker hose irrigation and straw mulch. | | The berries were, Ft Laramie, Tristar, Quinault and eversweet. | | Ft Laramie(day neutral) Very disappointing--Made one small crop, and | before the berries were ripe, leaf blight set in. I think these | berries would do well in a hanging basket, they have a very colorful | bloom, that is different from any I have ever seen. | | Tristar(everbearing) Also disappointing, One fair crop, and no more as | of yet. It was billed as a very heavy bearer. | | Quinault(everbearing)A very good berry, large fruit, is blooming for | the third time(not a good berry for comercial) They get soft when | ripe, but Oh!what a flavor. Only disadvantage I find is the | heavfoliage, it makes harvest a little difficult. | | Eversweet(everbearing) Outstanding!! Medium size berry, good flavor, | and the bloom pods raise above the foliage. We have had several 100F | days, and yesterday it was 101F, this berry is still producing(though | the berries are small) but we are in the middle of an unusual heat | wave. | | These berries are in full sun, and the heat wave probably has to do | with poor performance of some of these berries. | | QUESTION: Does anyone have a recommendation on Other Day neutral, or | everbearing Strawberries. That I can try next year? | | Have a good day, Rogerx | |
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I don't know if it would be fair to give up on any variety based upon a single year's results. I can tell you I've had very disappinting result with peppers this year, and had good results previously. I tended a pepper plant for a month from a friend who lives in a more northern woody area. Much less sun than I have and their container plant is doing better than ALL of my pepper plants in the ground.
The heat has been bad this year, but we've also had long periods of dry. Repeatedly they forecasted rain and we had nothing. The grass at the back of the house is brown and yellow and that didn't happen the last two years I've gardened. My work schedule has not encouraged me to be all that attentive, so I don't think I can write off the varieties of plants I grew this year.
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