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Old 07-22-2009, 07:21 PM   #1
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Default Strawberry- Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle'

Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle'
This strawberry has the absolute best taste you could imagine.

The heaviest fruiting was over when I took this photo. Take a look at what this plant produced the end of July. Amazing.

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Mature Spread/ 15 -18 inches
Soil Type/ Well Drained
Moisture/ Moist
Mature Form/ Spreading
Growth Rate/ Moderate
Sun Exposure/ Full Sun
Flower Color/ White
Fall Color/ Insignificant
Foliage Color/ Green
Zones/ 4-8
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:23 PM   #2
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These were photos of the pint totes they let us use when picking our own strawberries. Very handy. They look to be easy to make also.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:25 PM   #3
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From Nature Hills about 'Sparkle'-
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The Sparkle Strawberry, Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle', is a sweet, June bearing strawberry with glossy, crimson red fruit. This strawberry shows good resistance to disease and is great for fresh eating, freezing and preserves. Sparkle is a vigorous plant with many runners and a late season producer. They are loaded with intense, super-sweet, true strawberry flavor! Hardy plants are resistant to red stele and leaf spot diseases. Simply the most delicious strawberry available. It is also self-pollinating. One of the most important aspects of a healthy strawberry patch is location -- a minimum of six hours of sunlight a day. Although you can get a harvestable crop with as little as six hours of direct sunlight per day, the largest harvests and best quality berries come from those plants that get the advantage of full sun. They are perennial, winter hardy, and will thrive in full sunshine, as long as the soil is fertile and well drained. Healthy plants will produce an abundance of berries for three to four years, after which they should be replaced. Your strawberry bed should have good drainage and be well tilled with rich organic matter such as manure or compost to give your strawberry plants a good start, with amendments again in the spring. Keep your plants well watered until they are established (but don't overdo) and up to fruiting time. Strawberries can also be planted in tubs, containers and hanging baskets.

In addition to being low in fat and calories, strawberries are naturally high in fiber, vitamin C, folate, potassium and antioxidants, making them a sweet choice that advances heart health, reduces the risk of certain types of cancer, and gives a boost to total body (and mind) wellness. NOTE: When making a strawberry bed in an established garden, be sure to locate it away from any spot where you have grown peppers, tomatoes, eggplant or potatoes. These plants can harbor verticillium wilt, which is devastating to strawberries.
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Old 07-22-2009, 07:29 PM   #4
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From Miller Nurseries about 'Sparkle'
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Sparkle has the advantage of escaping those nasty frost injuries. Usually fruits late June. Extends the fresh fruit season. The name really describes the berry, which is so bright it sparkles on the vine. Outstanding flavor, fresh, in preserves or frozen. Shipped spring only.
Zones 4-8

Why Virus-Free?

If you have suffered through poor quality crops of strawberries… and could see little wrong with the plants…chances are the problem was virus or fusarium wilt. We suggest never to replant runners or gift plants from friends. As commercial growers would tell you, you risk losing irreplaceable time and your labor. Re-plant fresh, virus-free stock every 3 or so years.
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Old 07-22-2009, 11:46 PM   #5
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Thanks for ALL the information about this exceptional strawberry plant. It looks awesome, and if you say it tastes great, I'm sold!!!

I have a strawberry patch, but I've no idea what the variety they are. They all ripen about the same time in early June. It looks like I could still be gobbling up strawberries with the Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle' variety.

Thanks for the great tip!
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Old 07-23-2009, 08:02 PM   #6
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This is probably the best tasting strawberry I have ever had. There are basically two types of strawberries. The June bearing and everbearing. If you plant a variety of each you can have fresh strawberries all the way past Labor Day.

Plant them on mounds of around 6". Strawberry plants don't last but a few years so take offsets and replant them to keep production going. BooBoo, you will love 'Sparkle'.
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