Nation of Gardeners results: Strawberry Sweetheart

Our Nation of Gardeners were 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 and so this will test this theory.   The table below charts their progress.

Location Elevation Date planted Date first signs of growth Notes
Cheshire 49m 12 November 15 November x13 plants growing well
Renfrewshire 28m 9 November 12 November x8 planted.   Planted in plastic veg trough.  Noticeable greening of the leaves and fresh growth 3 days after planting.
North Devon 30-50m 11 November
Worcestershire 55m 10 November Planted x6 into shallow raised bed and x6 into deep bed
Derbyshire 39m 10 November Planted into a raised bed with ph7
Cumbria 90m 8 November Planted into open ground x 10 plants
Ceredigion 131m 8 November Planted into raised bed in sunny aspect.
Bristol 55m 10 November end November Planted into raised bed.  Showing lush new green leaves by end November/start December.
Suffolk 6m 10 November mid November Planted into open ground.  Healthy growth observed within days of planting.
Hertfordshire 150m 12 November 14 November Planted x10 (gave x2 to neighbour who planted his on the 13th and saw growth on the 16th)
Surrey 58m
Pontypridd 157m 10 November
Buckinghamshire 66m 1 December
Guildford 56m
Gloucestershire 74m 5 November 10 November Planted into open ground. Healthy growth of all 12 plants observed 22 November
Derbyshire 241m 9 November mid November Planted into strawberry pots onto the patio. The leaves took on a healthier green within a few days of planting, with growth in size of leaf evident within a couple of weeks.

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