New England states can have shorter growing seasons and cold climate challenges for the fruit gardener. It is important to choose disease resistant strawberry plants that will thrive in the particular area in which you live. The plants in your garden should be resistant to red stele and verticillium root rot, while producing high-quality fruit on vigorous plants to make them worth the effort of growing them in New England.
Early or June Bearing Plants
Early strawberries produce a single fruit crop at the beginning of the growing season. Plants that grow and produce well in New England are Earliglow, Veestar, Sable, Annapolis, Mohawk and Northeaster. Mohawk ripens very early in the season on vigorous plants. Veestar produces a high-yield berry with good flavor, but this plant from Canada has no resistance to verticillium or red stele, which can be a problem in New England. The Northeaster, another good performer, has a very strong strawberry taste. The early crop berry yield will last about three weeks.
Day Neutral Strawberries
(Ref 2) Day neutral strawberries will flower throughout the growing season producing fruit. The plants will produce medium to large fruit throughout summer and into the fall. Tribute, Tristar and Seascape do well in New England. Tribute is a productive bearer of quality fruit. Tristar has more flavorful yet smaller berries. Day neutral strawberry plants should be replaced every three years.
Mid to Late Season Strawberries
Jewel, Mira, Seneca, Guardian, Winona, Allstar, Chandler, Sparkle, Honeoye and Cornwallis are strawberries that thrive and produce in New England. Red Chief grows well in heavy soil and produces a medium-sized, firm and flavorful berry. Allstar produces a conical shaped sweet berry. Cavendish is a vigorous plant with a heavy production of large fruit that has good flavor. The Sparkle berries tend to decrease in size after the early days of production. Early to late production berry plants should be replaced every five years.