What would be a good strawberry variety for the home garden?
Home gardeners can choose from 3 types of strawberries. June-bearers are the most widely planted type of strawberry. They produce one crop per year, the majority of fruit ripening in June. A second type of strawberry is the everbearing strawberry. Everbearing varieties typically produce fruit in June and late summer/early fall with little flowering or fruiting in the intervening weeks. Day-neutral varieties are the third type of strawberry. Day-neutral varieties flower and fruit throughout the growing season if temperatures are moderate. Flower and fruit production stop during hot weather.
Suggested June-bearing strawberry varieties for Iowa include ‘Earliglow,’ ‘Allstar,’ ‘Honeoye,’ ‘Surecrop,’ ‘Redchief,’ ‘Jewel,’ and ‘Kent.’ ‘Ozark Beauty’ and ‘Ogallala’ are good everbearing varieties. ‘Tristar’ and ‘Tribute’ are the best performing day-neutral varieties.