Popular Name: Botanical Name: Fragaria x ananassa Plant Height: Plant Class: Pack quantity: 20 Runners Item code: 50179 Despatch: From 26th November 2019.
Extra Value Pack - Still the most widely grown variety in the UK thirty years after its introduction! It's a supermarket favourite due to its superb fruit quality and excellent shelf life. Expect, large, juicy, bright-red fruit which is superb picked fresh, just dripping with that strawberry flavour!
A June/July cropper, Elsanta is particularly heavy cropping and you can expect a very heavy crop even in the first year. Perfect for open ground or containers.
Despite the luscious fruits they produce from early summer onwards, strawberries are remarkably easy to grow and manage, and are also totally hardy in the UK.
Before planting it is important to ensure the ground is as free of perennial weeds as possible. Trying to remove them after planting often results in root damage to the strawberry plants. The incorporation of well-rotted organic matter into the soil a few weeks before planting will be beneficial, as will the application of a good quality, granular, general purpose fertiliser immediately prior to planting.
Strawberries are best grown in full sun, but they will tolerate light shade. They do well in a wide range of soil types, provided they are well drained and hold sufficient organic matter. Water new plants while they are getting established, and water all plants well during dry spells. Always water them from below and not from above to prevent the crown of the plant from rotting.
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