June Bearing Strawberry Plants: You Only Get 1 Harvest per Year, But it's a Big One!

June bearing strawberry plants are the most widely grown. And that includes among both home gardeners and commercial growers.

In fact, odds are good that any fresh strawberries you’ve purchased in the grocery store were harvested from June bearing varieties.

(But don’t hold that against them; they were probably picked before they were fully ripe and then shipped a great distance. The June bearing strawberries that you grow will be much better!).

And June bearing varieties tend to produce larger, firmer berries overall than day neutral and everbearing.  

Yes, Only One Crop per Season, But...

Just one crop per season might seem kind of lame compared to the frost-to-frost potential of day neutrals and everbearing.

But that one crop can be an absolute buster!

That's because June bearing strawberries tend to be particularly productive - they're known for cranking out tons and tons and tons per acre. (Or pounds and pounds and pounds, to put it in backyard gardening terms!)

The name "June bearing," though, might be a bit of a misnomer. Depending upon where you live, the plants might not produce in June. They might produce earlier or later.

It depends upon when on the calender the day length in your area trips the plant's trigger.

June bearing are sometimes also called ‘short day’ strawberries because they require the short days of fall to trigger the development of flower buds for the following spring’s crop. 

Particularly Popular June Bearing Strawberry Varieties

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

*Chandler

Produces large, early berries with an excellent flavor if allowed to fully ripen. Chandler has been a mainstay of commercial growers for many years.

(It was a Chandler that tempted me into tasting a strawberry back when I didn’t think I was into strawberries!)

Recommended for zones 5-8.

These are bare-root plants.

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

*Earliglow

An old standby that offers good disease resistance, early production and excellent flavor. Though berries tend to be on the small side, this variety is very productive. 

Considered to be among the sweetest of June bearing varieties.

Recommended for zones 4-9.

These are bare-root plants, produced organically.

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

*Hood

Hood produces large berries with an excellent flavor. Outstanding for fresh eating, but the fruit doesn’t freeze well.

A reliable, early producer with good disease resistance.

Recommended for zones 5-9.

These are bare-root plants, produced organically.


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

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