Day Neutral Strawberry Plants Are Very Similar to Everbearing - But Different

Day neutral strawberries are a fairly recent newcomer to the world of strawberries. They were first developed in the 1960’s - not so very long ago.

Day neutral strawberries are very similar to everbearing.

In fact, day neutrals might more appropriately have been named everbearing.

(I hope I’m not thoroughly confusing you!) 

It's a Day Length Issue...

Day neutrals are so named because they are not dependent upon the length of the day for setting flower buds.

(Everbearing require long day lengths to initiate flower buds; June bearing require short day lengths to initiate buds.)

And to add to the confusion, day neutral varieties are often sold as everbearing. But they are distinctly different from everbearing.

That’s because day neutrals truly will produce fruit throughout the growing season. Unlike everbearing, which usually fruit no more than 3 times per season, day neutral varieties bloom and fruit continuously as long as weather conditions are favorable. 

So it could be said that day neutrals are more everbearing than everbearing. (Confusing topic, huh?)

But while the length of the day doesn't affect the productivity of day neutrals, the weather does.

Productive Weather for Day Neutrals

What weather conditions are favorable for day neutrals?

Generally, temperatures need to remain below 90 degrees F for day neutrals to continue blooming and fruiting.

So if it really heats up in the summertime where you live (as it does here in Texas!), you won’t be continuously harvesting strawberries from spring to late fall if you plant day neutral varieties.

In fact, a hot summer can effectively transform a day neutral into a de facto everbearing, producing a crop in the spring, and then another in the fall after temperatures have moderated.

But if you live in a cooler climate, then Bingo: you'll be berry pickin' all season long!

Particularly Popular Day Neutral Strawberry Varieties

Here are some of the more popular day neutral strawberries for home gardeners. Each of these is available for order through Amazon.com, to be delivered right to your doorstep:

*Albion

Albion produces large berries that are particularly symmetrical. Albion's berries also tend to be colored intensely red, both inside and outside.

Produces firm fruit suitable for fresh use and canning.

Recommended for zones 4-8.

These are bare-root plants, produced organically.

Click here for product link: Albion Bare-root Plants.

*Tribute

Tribute doesn't produce the largest of berries; it's fruit is more medium sized. But it does produce very sweet, intensely flavored berries.

And Tribute is also known to be a very vigorous variety. It was developed by the University of Maryland to be resistant to nasty strawberry diseases such as verticillium wilt and blight.

Recommended for zones 5-9.

These are bare-root plants, produced organically.

Click here for product link: Tribute Bare-root Plants.

*Seascape

Seascape is a proven, productive workhorse. Known for consistently and reliably producing large crops of fruit.

The berries tend to be large, sweetly flavored and particularly juicy. Good for fresh eating, but also especially suited for jams, jellies and preserves.

Recommended for zones 4-9.

These are bare-root plants, produced organically.

Click here for product link: Seascape Bare-root Plants.

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