Pineberry Strawberry

Pineberry Strawberry

The New Pineapple-flavored Strawberry!

3 1/2-inch Pot
Item # 36351
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Have you tried a Pineberry yet? This "white strawberry" gets its name from the strong pineapple aroma and flavor overtones of the fruit. A modern variety that hearkens back to the wild strawberries of South America, it's a gourmet everbearer you'll just love munching straight from the garden!

There has been a lot of hype about Pineberry since it was introduced a few years ago, so let's run through its story: this is not the heirloom wild strawberry of South America. It is also most definitely not a genetically modified plant (you won't find any of those here at Park, by the way!). It is a new variety developed by Dutch horticulturists in the early 21st century in response to the threat of extinction of the South American wild strawberry. This fine group of folks wanted to preserve the look and flavor of this fruit, so they found a strain of white strawberry in Europe and bred it back. The result is the deliciously different Pineberry!

These fruits are small (about an inch in diameter) and very plump. They are ivory to creamy primrose with red seeds. You will smell them before you see them nestled under the dark green leaves; the aroma combines traditional strawberry tones with a pineapply scent. And the flavor echoes this: the berries are more succulent and sweeter than red strawberries. Such a treat!

Pineberry is everbearing, so it begins fruiting in late spring and continues intermittently all the way to frost. It is not the heaviest of producing strawberries; for that, rely on the modern red strawberries. Instead, it is a gourmet delight, with very dependable, steady yields over an extra-long season. This is the berry you will want to build a dessert around or feature in a salad: it's choice and very, very delicious.

This spreading plant reaches 8 to 12 inches high and spreads by runners up to 18 inches wide. Grow it just as you would any everbearing strawberry, and if you can, plant a red strawberry variety near it. The cross-pollination won't hurt Pineberry's flavor one bit, and it will improve the yields of both plants! (But if you can't do this, don't worry. Pineberry is self-pollinating.) You will love this new take on a beloved heirloom! Zones 5 to 8.

Strawberry Germination Information

Strawberry Seed Germination How to Sow Strawberry:
  • Best sown indoors at alternating temperatures of 55 and 72° or at steady temperature of 68-72°
  • Sow with NO cover as light aids in germination and expect germination in 20-30 days
  • Seeds can also be sown outdoors in late fall or early spring
  • When sowing seed outdoors, we recommend a maximum planting depth of 4X the width of the seed

How to Grow Strawberry:
Transplanting: Transplant when there are at least two sets of true leaves, being careful with the roots as they resent being disturbed

Spacing: Space single crop Strawberries 21/2 inches apart in rows spaced 3 feet apart. Space everbearing Strawberries 12 inches apart in rows spaced 2 feet apart

Lighting: Site in full sun

Soil: Site in fertile, sandy, rich, well-drained soil. Fertilize in the spring, keep plants well watered, and mulch them to conserve moisture and keep the fruit from resting directly on the soil (this will help prevent them from rotting)

Additional Care: Remove the flowers in the first year to promote vigorous growth

Appearance and Use:

Grown for the 1/2- 1 inch, white flowers, the bright red, edible fruit, and the handsome, trifoliate leaves. This small, perennial plant spreads by runners, thus creating more plants. Harvest the fruit when it is still pink or after it has turned bright red. “June bearing” varieties produce fruit only once a year in the spring. “Everbearing” varieties produce in the spring and then again in late summer through fall. The everbearing varieties are often runnerless. F. vesca, Woodland Strawberry, bears 1/2 inch fruit. F. ananassa, the popular garden strawberry, is a cross between F. chiloensis and F. virginiana. It is commonly grown from bareroot plants

About Strawberry:
Botanical name: Fragaria
Pronunciation:  frå-ga’re-å
Lifecycle:  Annual
Origination: Rosaceae; native to the Europe, Asia, and the Americas

How many years before fruiting plants bear their first crop?

For fruiting plants such as blueberry, raspberry, blackberry, fig, honeyberry, cranberry, and grape, it takes 2 years to bear the first crop. That does not mean you may not get some fruit before then. Depending on the size and maturity of the plant shipped, you may get at least a few pieces of fruit or a small quantity produced the first year. But, by the second year, you should have your first real crop of fruit to enjoy and fruit production will increase every year thereafter.