Fragaria ananassa Berries Galore is both an edible and ornamental and is popular for its wild berry flavor. This runner variety is ever-bearing and produces a large fruit. The berries can be harvested regularly throughout summer and fall. The leaves are glossy and deep green with large, early blooms. As the plant matures, production increases. Ensure the roots are planted deep in a fertile, well draining soil. The crown must have plenty of light and air. If the crown is buried in the soil, the plant will likely rot. Water regularly, keeping the soil at an even moisture.
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Perennial – Edible
Select a site that offers full sun and good drainage and air circulation.
Prepare the garden bed by using a garden fork or tiller to loosen the soil to a depth of 12 to 15 inches, then mix in a 2- to 4-inch layer of compost. Space your rows 4 feet apart. Trim the roots of the new plants to no more than 6 inches long. Soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting. Set the plants 18 inches apart in the rows. Dig holes in the ground deep enough so the roots are covered but the crown isn’t buried. Pack the soil against the roots.
In spring of the first year, pick off blossoms to prevent fruiting and encourage production of healthy daughter plants. In late spring, train daughter plants to take root in a 9-by-9-inch spaced row system. In late fall, after a few freezes, mulch with 5 to 6 inches of straw or 4 to 5 inches of pine needles.
During the second year, in late spring, remove the mulch gradually in spring, but protect blossoms from late frost with covers of mulch, if needed. Provide 1 inch of water per week while the fruit is developing, through harvest. Cover the patch with tobacco cloth or strawberry netting to keep birds out. After harvest, till the plants under, plant a cover crop, and prepare the bed for new plants next spring.
Begin harvesting most types of berries the year after planting — about 14 months from planting in northern zones and 9 months in the south. Highest yield will come from the youngest plants.