Temptation Strawberry Plants
This strawberry is a complex hybrid species developed over many years by crossing several wild strawberry species. The plant is a low growing perennial with three-palmate leaves and toothed leaflets. Individual plants are usually around 4-6 in (10-15 cm) high but they send out numerous stolons (above ground runners) which root and start new plants.
The flowers are white or pink with five rounded petals and usually produced over an extended period. The strawberry "fruit" is actually a fleshy receptacle with many dry, thin walled achenes embedded in its surface. Each achene (the true fruit) contains a single seed. There are hundreds of strawberry cultivars, adapted to different climates, different day lengths, different soils and with different fruit characteristics. Strawberry cultivars known as "everbearing" tend to produce throughout the growing season, whereas "June bearing" produce most of their crop in spring and early summer.
Day-neutral varieties can produce fruit within three months of planting, regardless of the season. Development of new strawberry cultivars continues at a fast pace as growers search for improved flavor, productivity, disease resistance, and improved methods of cultivation and harvest.
Wild strawberries are still popular, especially in Europe and the northern U.S., and many people insist that, although smaller, they are mush tastier than the man-made cultivars we have today.
Strawberries do best in sandy soils. Unfortunately they are susceptible to numerous diseases and pests, and although technically perennial, strawberries are usually grown as annuals. Light: For the best fruit production, strawberries should be grown where they get full sun all day. Moisture: Strawberries grow best on well drained but moisture retentive soils.
The small plants have shallow roots, and require frequent watering, especially during dry spells. Hardiness: USDA Zones 2 - 11. There are strawberry cultivars adapted to all climatic zones where plants will grow. To overwinter in cold climate areas, strawberry plants should be covered with a straw or hay mulch before permanent snow buries them. A floating row cover in spring protects against late frosts which would kill early blossoms. Propagation: Strawberries are propagated simply by removing and replanting the little plantlets that form at the end of runners usually near the end of the growing season.