strawberry 'Buddy' (PBR)
strawberry everbearer - autumn season fruiting
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Aromatic everbearers produce fruit over many months. The fruit is generally smaller with an alpine-strawberry flavour. However the new varieties such as 'Buddy' and 'Albion', combine the best of both. Choose a sunny position away from frost pockets and water
- Position: full sun
- Soil: any soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
Just released onto the market, 'Buddy' is an everbearing strawberry that is being hailed as a breakthrough in breading. This is because all the everbearing strawberries to date have produced a big crop of long-lasting fruits, but often at the expense of the flavour. 'Buddy' has all the benefits associated with the everbearers, but it also has a delicious flavour. It has also shown a good resistance to most common soil borne diseases and although trials are still ongoing, its resistance to powdery mildew is also very promising.
- Garden care:Choose a spot in full sun and prepare the bed well by removing all the weeds and digging in a generous amount of compost. You can also work in some general purpose fertiliser if planting in spring. Space them at 45cm intervals, allowing 75cm between each row. After planting, immediately give them a thorough water and apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plants, being careful to avoid the crown. Keep the plants well watered, especially during warmer weather and when the fruits are developing. When the strawberries are starting to form, a thick layer of straw or a strawberry mulch mat can be placed under the plants to stop the fruit touching the soil. Sheets of black plastic mulch can also be used, and this will also help retain soil moisture, reduce weeds and encourage early cropping. Strawberries can also be planted in tubs, containers and hanging baskets.
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