Ft. Laramie Strawberry Plants
Everbearing and So Disease Resistant!
Ft. Laramie is an everbearing or day-neutral strawberry, meaning that it sets 2 big crops a year -- early summer and early fall -- with intermittent berries in between. These are some of the largest strawberries you have ever seen, and the most colorful. Unlike many, the red and pink color continues all the way to the core of the berry. Juicy, sweet, and wonderfully fragrant, they're a mouth-watering delight.
And the plant they grow on is versatile and very tough. The foliage is leathery, for good resistance to nibbling marauders, and totally resistant to leaf spot. Just 8 to 10 inches high in bloom, Ft. Laramie spreads or trails 2 feet wide. It's a good choice for pouches, hanging baskets, and tall planters, its tendrils spilling down beautifully, setting blooms and berries along the way!
Developed in Wyoming (as you might have guessed from its name!), Ft. Laramie demonstrates good cold-hardiness, and also tolerates the high heat of southern and western climates. For best harvest, pinch off the blooms for the first few weeks of spring. You'll be amazed at the difference this makes to your yields! Zones 4-8. Pack of 25 plants.
|Item Form||Pack of 25|
|Zone||4 - 8|
|Bloom Season||Mid Spring|
|Plant Height||10 in|
|Plant Width||24 in|
|Additional Characteristics||Berries, Edible, Fragrance, Season Extenders|
|Foliage Color||Medium Green|
|Harvest Season||Early Fall, Early Summer|
|Light Requirements||Full Sun|
|Moisture Requirements||Moist, well-drained|
|Resistance||Bacterial Leaf Spot, Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant|
|Soil Tolerance||Normal, loamy, Sandy|
|Uses||Baskets, Border, Containers, Cuisine, Outdoor, Vines and Climbers, Ground Cover|
|Restrictions||Hawaii, Puerto Rico, Virgin Islands, Canada, Guam|
The dry, sparse appearance of bareroot perennials can be alarming to the novice gardener, but in reality ordering bare root is often the smarter choice. Foliage and blooms can be seductive, but the health and long-term potential of a plant truly lies in its roots. Bareroot plants have several advantages over plants in containers—bare roots are less likely to be harmed in the shipping process, their timing is easier to control, and they are field-grown for larger, healthier root systems. This why Wayside Gardens has had great success with bare root plants, and you can too!
It is safer to ship plants in bareroot form because there is no risk in harming new growth, and therefore the plant actually has a better chance of making it safely into the customer’s garden.
And thanks to refrigerated storage, the timing of bareroot perennials can be precisely controlled. “(Bareroot perennials) are dormant,” explains JPPA Lead Horticulturist Benjamin Chester, “But as soon as they leave the refrigerated storage they’ll begin breaking dormancy.” And once the plant ‘wakes up’, it is ready to begin the growing season in earnest, which means it will quickly catch up to the level of container plants.
The most important benefit of bareroot perennials is that they can be field grown rather than confined to containers. The bareroot Cherry Cheesecake Hibiscus pictured hereperfectly illustrates the difference between a field-grown perennial and a containerized one. Wayside Gardens used to offer this variety in a quart container, like the Monarda next to it. But the Hibiscus was simply too cramped in that space, so Wayside switched to growing it in the earth and selling it bare root. The result is a thick, fibrous mass of roots that used to fill up several cubic feet of soil and which, even in its bare, pruned form would be too large to fit back into the 1 Quart container. What a difference a little space makes! While small and slow-growing cultivars can start well in containers, large and vigorous cultivars need more room to stretch out and develop a solid root system.