strawberry 'Albion' (PBR)

everbearer strawberry - autumn fruiting

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Buy strawberry 'Albion' (PBR) everbearer strawberry - autumn fruiting: Harvest strawberries over a long period

This plant is semi-evergreen, so it can lose some of its leaves in winter. In colder regions or more exposed gardens, it may lose them all, but then fresh new foliage appears again in spring.

  • Position: full sun
  • Soil: fertile, moist but well-drained soil
  • Rate of growth: fast-growing
  • Hardiness: fully hardy

    The fruits of this 'ever-bearing' strawberry can often be harvested intermittently from June to September although the cropping times can be adjusted if you are growing them in a greenhouse or cloche. Each sweet and succulent berry has a long, conical shape, a bright red skin, and uniformly red flesh. The plants also show an excellent resistance to disease too.

  • Garden care:These strawberry runners are sent out as bare root plants, and as they are completely dormant, any remaining top growth will look shrivelled and dry. Ideally they should be planted out as soon as possible, and once settled in (and if the temperatures have started to rise), they will start to emerge from their dormancy. This will typically take around 6 weeks if they are planted in late winter or spring.

    Before planting, soak the rootballs in a bucket of water for half an hour or so. Meanwhile, prepare the bed well by removing any 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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