Short Day "June Bearing" Varieties
Short Day or "June Bearing" Strawberries produce a single, large crop per year during a 2-3 week period in the spring. June bearers are the traditionally grown plants, producing a sign flush of flowers and many runners. They are classifies into early, mid season and late varieties. The largest fruits are generally from June bearing varieties.
Ruby June has the darkest exterior and interior color. Large, medium firm berries with excellent flavor. The fruit is great for recipes call for strawberries.
Camarosa is an early short day variety. This vigorous plant produces large to very large firm fruit throughout most of its fruiting cycle. Interior color of Camarosa is brilliant red and fruit color is uniform. Yield potential is high to excellent.
Camino Real is an early short day variety. Large Fruit with excellent flavor. Color is beautiful dark red and is very firm.
Fronteras is an early short day variety that produces the bulk of its fruit in the shorter days of spring and fall. Large fruit with excellent flavor. Color is a beautiful dark red and is very firm.
Day Neutral Varieties
Day-neutral strawberries will continue to set and ripen fruit all summer long until a hard frost puts them into dormancy. Day-neutral refers to the light sensitivity of the variety. Day-neutral strawberries will blossom and set fruit no matter how long or short the days are. Today there are several excellent varieties of day-neutral strawberries and they are a wonderful choice for the gardener who wants a steady supply of fruit instead of having it all ripen at the same time.
Albion fruit is typically long, conical and very symmetrical, moderately firm and dark red inside and out. The attractive fruit is large in size with excellent flavor.
The newest Day Neutral cultivar release from UCDavis, CA. this is a moderately strong flowering variety that is adaptable to both winter and summer plantings. Large fruit size and firmness is comparable to that of Albion.
The fruit color for San Andreas is slightly lighter than for Albion and it has similar post-harvest characteristics. The flavor of San Andreas is outstanding similar to Albion. San Andreas has a good disease resistance profile with no outstanding cautions. Its typically high-quality fruit early in the season, together with a low chilling requirement, make this a good candidate cultivar for Southern California. San Andreas produces few runners in the fruiting field.
Sweet Ann is a vigorous plant with high productivity and exceptional flavor. The attractive fruit is large in size, with a beautiful long conical shape. It has medium firmness with a good acid-sugar balance and very sweet taste. Sweet Ann is a glossy red color both inside and out. The variety produces few runners in the fruiting field.