A member of the rose family, the strawberry plant's attractive foliage, petite white blossoms and tasty fruit make it one of the most popular garden plants in the world. Planting strawberries brings the modern gardener back to the roots of civilization.
In fact, I often wonder if it wasn't the sweet, tempting strawberry plant, rather than the apple tree, that caused Adam and Eve's fall from grace and subsequent expulsion from the Garden of Eden. According to one legend, if you break the heart-shaped strawberry in half and share it with the one you love, he or she will fall in love with you.
At the gardeners supply company you will find anything to grow the best strawberries. For example Tristar Strawberries, a mouth watering easy to grow variety.
Although strawberry picking and eating has been a favorite pastime through the centuries, our ancestors had no reason to plant strawberries since in ancient times the wild strawberry plant grew profusely in wooded areas.
During the 16th Century, explorers brought a larger, sweeter, strawberry plant back from their travels in the Western Hemisphere and planting strawberries began in earnest.
Choosing the right strawberry cultivars can be a tough decision since there are hundreds that differ in flavor, size, texture and even color. When choosing strawberry varieties, even your local nursery may have several types that differ in terms of hardiness, yield, disease resistance, size, flavor, and color.
Fortunately, for the strawberry gardener, most strawberry varieties have several characteristics that make it easy to choose which cultivars to grow. Simplify your choice and find the perfect cultivar for your needs by finding information from your area Home Extension Service. Many Home Extensions have detailed web sites that contain descriptions of the strawberry varieties that thrive in their areas.
The USDA (United States Department of Agriculture) also maintains an extensive Internet database on strawberry varieties. So, even if you live in an area that doesn't have a Home Extension Service, you can probably still find strawberry varieties for your location by referencing an area that is environmentally similar to yours.
In fact, several strawberry varieties produce equally as well in both hemisphere's of the globe. For instance, the Alpine Strawberry is an American day-neutral favorite and is a versatile strawberry that is not only grown in beds, but is also used as a ground cover and grown as an ornamental in hanging containers and strawberry pots. Italy, which is a major exporter of strawberries, has imported the Pocahontas strawberry from the United States and this strawberry variety is now one of the favorite Italian strawberries.
If you live in a northern climate, hardiness may be a major priority in the strawberry varieties you choose. Disease resistance is also a big concern, especially if your garden is limited in size and you need to establish a berry patch in a permanent location. Another concern is how much your strawberry plants will produce and of course, the #1 concern is flavor!