Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
Bred especially for southern growers! ‘Chandler’ strawberry plants are very popular with commercial growers because of their high yield, brilliant fruit color, and excellent flavor. Fruit is medium to large, long to flattish wedge, moderately firm, juicy berries with good flavor, freezes well. ‘Chandler’ plants are a vigorous, early, midseason variety and must be well supplied with water and nutrients. Recommended for southern planting. Originated in California. Fruit flavor and color are exceptional in this southern variety. A vigorous variety; high yields have been experienced throughout the Carolinas and California. Due to lack of winter-hardiness, not well suited for planting north of the Mid-Atlantic region. They are a good Pick-Your-Own variety.
Strawberries are high in Ellagic acid, shown to help prevent cancer & heart disease. Fresh strawberries are very high in fiber and very low in calories and they contain more vitamin C by weight than oranges or grapefruit.
To enjoy fresh, juicy strawberries from your own garden, begin by setting plants out as early as possible in the spring. Spade the soil deeply and set the plants in double or triple rows. Strawberries also do well planted in containers.
Runners should be removed as well as the first flush of flowers so plants can direct energy into establishing a strong root system. For winter protection, cover plants with straw or leaves after the temperature has fallen to about 20° F. Remove covering in the spring once growth begins. The bed should be replaced after two years because quality and yield begin to decrease.