Nation of Gardeners results: Strawberry Sweetheart spring planted

Strawberry SweetheartStrawberry Sweetheart  is a modern variety bred at the famous East Malling Research in Kent. The sweet and juicy berries are conical in shape and have good colour.  The plants have a good habit and the fruit is well displayed too. The plants will fruit whether planted in the ground, container, window box or hanging basket making them a versatile and rewarding variety to grow.

Our Nation of Gardeners were originally asked to plant 12 bare root plants of variety Strawberry Sweetheart in November 2013 to test raising these bare root plants over winter in the open ground.  Mr Fothergill’s believes that autumn planted strawberries benefit from planting at this time in order to gain best fruiting results the following summer.  In March 2014 our gardeners were asked to plant out another 12 plant spring consignment of the same variety to test this theory.

The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 17 March 23 March Planted in open ground in west facing position.
Renfrewshire 28m 16 March Planted out in raised pots
North Devon 30-50m 31 March 14 April 6 put in raised bed, 5 in strawberry planter. 14/04 looking very settled in both location, new growth spotted.
Worcestershire 55m
Herefordshire 16 March 16 March Planted in raised bed on open site
Cumbria 90m
Ceredigion 131m 13 March 22 March Much quicker to show new growth
Bristol 55m 13 March 14 March Planted in open ground in raised bed.  First bloom 23 April.
Suffolk 6m 13 March First bloom 13 April.
Hertfordshire 150m 14 March 21 March Planted in open ground alongside the autumn planted Strawberries in partial shade position.
Surrey 58m 20 March 29 March Planted into pots outside
Pontypridd 157m 15 March 22 March Planted in open ground in south facing position. Established quickly and are now the same size as the autumn sown, but no flowers yet 13/04/2014
Buckinghamshire 66m 13 March Soaked in water before planting out in pots.
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 13 March Planted out in raised beds in south facing position
Moray 14 March 10 of 11 original plants still surviving.
Derbyshire 241m 16 March 20 March Planted in open ground on south facing plot. 10 live plants on arrival, x2 DOA. By 23 March they have established well. 12 April: one plant has been eaten, or withered away.

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