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Strawberries - Fragaria ananassa 'Tristan'

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Photo Courtesy of Walters Gardens, Inc.
 Common Name: Strawberry-Ornamental and Edible Everbearing

Combining showy flowers and delicious fruit, this everbearing strawberry can be grown as both an ornamental and edible perennial fruit. 

Unlike most strawberries, this one is very compact and produces few to no runners.  That means it can be grown neatly in a pot to both decorate your patio table and provide delicious fruit all summer long.  

Hot magenta pink blossoms top the attractive dark green foliage while at the same time small 1”, bright red, highly aromatic, sugary sweet fruits are being produced.  ‘Tristan’ will also happily grow and produce fruit all season when planted directly into the garden.

Intro Year: 2012

Characteristics:



Height:
  12 Inches
Spread:
  20-25 Inches
Flower Color:
  Pink shades
Foliage Color:
  Green shades
Hardiness Zone:
4,5,6,7,8
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Sun or Shade?:
  Full sun (> 6 hrs. direct sun)
Wet or dry?:
  Average water needs
Want to see wings?:
  Attracts songbirds
How fast should it grow?:
  Medium
When should it bloom?:
  Early summer
  Midsummer
  Late summer
How's your soil?:
  Average Soil
  Fertile Soil
Sweet or Sour Soil?:
  Acidic Soil (pH < 7.0)
  Neutral Soil (pH = 7.0)
What's your garden style?:
  Container/Patio

Attributes:

Container
Specimen or focal point

Grower Note:

We suggest planting one 72ct plug per 1-quart container or three 72ct plugs per trade 1-gallon container.

Homeowner Growing & Maintenance Tips:

'Tristan' was bred for patio pots and it thrives when grown in rich, evenly moist, well-drained potting soil and full sun.  It produces few to no runners like regular strawberries. 

If you prefer to plant 'Tristan' in the ground, it is best planted in early spring. Do not plant it where tomatoes, peppers, potatoes, eggplant, or okra were planted the previous year. There is a disease that sometimes attacks these plants that will also attack strawberries.

When planting, make sure that the roots are spread apart, and not tightly packed in a small hole. Because strawberries have shallow roots, they should be fertilized during the growing season.


Companions:

Common/Botanical Name
Zones  
Rhubarb 'Victoria'
Common Name: Rhubarb
3,4,5,6,7,8,9
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Asparagus 'Jersey Giant'
Common Name: Asparagus
4,5,6
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Asparagus 'Purple Passion'
Common Name: Asparagus
3,4,5,6,7,8,9,10
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While every effort has been made to describe this plant accurately, please keep in mind that the height, bloom time, and color may differ in various climates throughout the country. The description of this plant was written based on our experience growing it in Michigan (USDA hardiness zone 5) and on numerous outside resources.