bubble berry / Fragaria 'Bubbleberry'
- 6 × 12cm pots
- available to order from summer
- 12cm pot
- Standard £4.95
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: any soil
- Rate of growth: fast-growing
- Hardiness: fully hardy
If you love your strawberries then you will definitely want to add this one to your collection. The pinkish fruits are slightly smaller in size than the widely cultivated red strawberries, but it is packed full of flavour - in fact they are hailed as having the strongest aroma and flavour of them all. They make a wonderfully addition to summer puddings (if you can manage not to eat all these sweet bubblegum-tasting treats before you get back to the kitchen).
- Garden care: Prepare the ground well before planting. Clear all the weeds and dig in lots of well-rotted manure. When planting out, space the plants at 45cm intervals with 75cm between each row and apply a generous layer of mulch around the base of the plants, being careful to avoid the crown. If training onto a support, tie them in as they start to grow and keep the runners off the ground. If you want to grow them in the more conventional way and let them trail along the ground, then put a thick layer of straw or use strawberry mats under the plants to stop the fruit touching the soil when they are starting to form. Sheets of black plastic mulch can also be used, and it will also help retain soil moisture, reduce weeds and encourage early cropping. Cropping times can also be brought forward or extended if you grow them in a greenhouse or cloche tunnel.