Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits grown in home gardens. Plant breeders have developed varieties that produce crops under virtually all growing conditions. Most varieties grow well and crop reliably in USDA hardiness zones 4 through 8.
Strawberries are low-growing perennials that spread by runners. Renew their growing beds every few years by removing the oldest plants and leaving the younger more vigorous runners.
Seneca produces large, firm berries that are bright red. Its irregularly shaped fruits have a mild strawberry flavor. Produces few runners on only moderately vigorous plants. It has little resistance to common strawberry diseases. Seneca is grown primarily for the size and color of its berries.
This variety is one of the most popular in commercial cultivation, due in part to its large fruit with good flavor. Jewel blooms in mid to late June and is a heavy cropper. Does best on sites with rich soil.
Idea is a late season, very vigorous plant. It produces large light colored berries with a sweet, mild flavor. This variety is highly productive and shows excellent disease resistance. Often used as a parent when developing new varieties because of its disease resistance.