Strawberry Update

June 30 013Our strawberry patch is gearing up for the next go-round of ripe fruit. A couple weeks ago there were tons of flowers, and now we have some nice fruit coming on. The strawberry we have planted, ‘Eversweet,’ is supposed to be a heat-tolerant day-neutral variety. In other words, it will flower and set fruit all season long, even when the temperature gets above 90 degrees. In fact, the catalog said that it would set fruit even above 100 degrees. That’s one reason we have it planted – I wanted to test that advertisement!

Well, last week was a pretty good test, since it was blazing hot all week. I have to say that I’m pleasantly surprised by the fruit set, but I think most of it occurred before last week. Upon closer inspection, I can see several flowers that have died without setting fruit.

June 30 012If you look closely at this picture, the top center blossom is black in the middle rather than green. This indicates that the blossom aborted in the heat last week rather than setting on a strawberry. So….my unofficial opinion is that this strawberry variety will set fruit under high temperatures, but over 95-100 is pushing it!

About Rebecca

I'm a Horticulture Educator with Sedgwick County Extension, a branch of K-State Research and Extension, located in Wichita, KS. I teach about fruits, vegetables, and herbs.

Posted on July 2, 2009, in Around the Garden and tagged , , , . Bookmark the permalink. Leave a comment.

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