Grow Your Own Fresh Fruit!
‘Éclair’ is a great new Strawberry selection. This new gourmet berry is creating quite a stir at farmer’s markets along the west coast and preliminary trials across the nation are drawing raves as well. Fragrant, sweet, and juicy, with hints of raspberry and citrus, it should become the berry-of-choice for discriminating strawberry connoisseurs. Its unique taste is quickly becoming a favorite of those who have tasted it!! This “short day” or “Junebearing” variety has early season productivity of med-large, wedge shaped, extremely sweet berries, with medium firm flesh. The variety is resistant or very tolerant of garden soil diseases. With parent stock consisting of both “Junebearing” and “everbearing” varieties, it will produce fruit longer in to the season than ‘Sequoia’ and other “Junebearing” varieties.
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 as quality and yield begin to decrease.