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The Best Strawberries to Plant in Tennessee

By Sheri Lacker ; Updated September 21, 2017
Tennesseans successfully grow hardy varieties of strawberries.
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Tennessee produces sweet, fresh strawberries. The task of producing a satisfactory crop in this state is tricky, as springtime weather isn't predictable. One day might bring 70-degree F temperatures with sunny skies, and the next might bring pouring rain and 40 degrees F. Because of this fickle climate, Tennesseans choose strawberry varieties that are hardy and resistant to moisture-born diseases, to ensure a tasty crop of strawberries.


This variety of strawberry is a June-bearer and is harvest-ready in late spring to early summer. Plants are available through grower's catalogs and local garden centers. Because Earliglow is a June-bearing plant, it gives off a large one-time harvest during this period. The berries are firm, deep-red specimens and are reportedly “very sweet” according to growers.


Allstar is another June-bearer and produces a quintessential strawberry-shape fruit, large at the shoulders that narrow to a pointed end. This variety holds up well to freezing and rendering for preserves, as commercial growers report the berry possesses a prolifically sweet flavor and sturdy texture. Allstar is a favorite of Tennessee gardeners because it's disease resistant and grows well in the state’s damp spring season. This fruit is typically ready for harvest mid-season.


A late-season ripening variety, Primetime produces large, aesthetically attractive fruit. The plant renders a substantial crop and is favored by commercial growers for their mail-order and ship-to customers. Like most strawberry plants Primetime loves loose, organic-rich and well-drained soil. Strawberry plants of this type propagate by sending out shoots and runners to form new plants that self-anchor into the soil.


About the Author


Sheri Lacker has more than 30 years' experience as a writer, photographer and multimedia artist. Her work has been used by Warner Brothers, Barbour/Langley and Casey Kasem Presents, among others. Her awards include the Theatre Excellence Scholarship and Guest-Artist-in-Res. Lacker studied journalism, Web design and historical research at the University of Memphis.