Surecrop Strawberry Plant (Fragaria ‘Surecrop’)

Surecrop Strawberry Plant

Surecrop Strawberry grows medium to large size, firm, glossy, deep rich red fruit. They have an excellent, slightly tart flavor which makes them a good choice for desserts and freezing. It’s a vigorous, productive grower and low maintenance. A self-pollinating plant that is cold-hardy with fruit ripening in June. The harvest is mid-season and they are disease-resistant to verticillium wilt, leaf spot, and leaf scorch.

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Surecrop Strawberry Plants

Preparation

  • The Surecrop Strawberry grows medium to large size fruit.
  • This edible plant produces firm, glossy, deep rich red berries that have an excellent, slightly tart flavor good for desserts and freezing.
  • It’s a vigorous, productive grower and low maintenance.
  • This is a self-pollinating plant, cold hardy and ripens in June.
  • The harvest is mid-season and they are disease-resistant to verticillium wilt, leaf spot, and leaf scorch.
  • Hardiness is zone 3.
  • Surecrop Strawberry plants need a soil pH level 5.3 – 6.5. Not sure what your soil level is? Run a test before planting.
  • We suggest pinching off all blossoms during the first season, to save the plant’s strength for heavier bearing in the future.
  • A June bearing variety has a harvest period of about 10 days.
  • When choosing which strawberry type to plant, remember that June bearing strawberries only flower and fruit once a year.
  • There are three different ways you can plant your strawberry patch; matted rows, hill rows or solid beds. Strawberries can also be grown in containers.
  • Life of plants 3-4 years with proper maintenance.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root – Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted.

Planting Bare Root Bundles

  • Strawberries come in bare root bundles.
  • When you receive your plants separate the bundled plants, remove any dried leaves at their tops and soak the roots in water for an hour or two before planting.
  • Plant them early in spring, while the ground is still cool and moist, and in a sunny spot, if possible.
  • Fan out the roots, keeping them straight down. (If the roots are long, you can trim them back to about 4 to 5”, before planting.)
  • Plant the crown even with the soil line. Avoid planting too deep or too shallow.
  • Firm the soil around each plant and water well.

Pruning – Through-out the Season

  • Don’t be intimidated when it comes to pruning. It’s important to do so to ensure the size and shape of your plant stays regulated, stimulate strong growth, and overall fruit quality.
  • For June bearing types, plant this spring and harvest next June. In early August, remove foliage by mowing at 3-4” height and fertilize. In the third spring, start a new bed. Harvest fruit in June on original bed. Destroy plants after the second harvest to prevent disease and since production goes down.

Watering – After Planting

  • If summer brings about one to one and a half inches of rainfall every week or so, you won’t need to use the hose. But if it gets really dry, you can give your new plant a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.

Watering – Through-out the Season

  • Water strawberries so that they receive a minimum of 1 inch of water per week during the growing seasons.

Surecrop Strawberry Plant (Fragaria ‘Surecrop’) Details

Common name Surecrop Strawberry Plant
Botanical name Fragaria 'Surecrop'
Hardiness zone 4-9
Height 6 - 8 inches
Width 12 - 15 inches
Sunlight Full Sun
Soil condition Widely Adaptable
Pollinator-friendly Yes
Flower color White
Leaf color Green