FRAGARIA x ananassa STRAWBERRY Cambridge Favourite
An old favourite! Developed in Cambridge over 60 years ago, it is still one of the best known and loved varieties available. The orange-red fruit is medium sized, has firm flesh and is full of flavour. Excellent for freezing as it holds its shape and flavour very well. Cambridge Favourite is vigorous and produces a reliable heavy crop year on year. Good all-round resistance to disease, particularly powdery mildew. Will perform well on a wide range of soils and growing conditions. Height: 20cm (8in). Spread: 30cm (12in). Cropping period: mid-June to mid-July. Self fertile.
As this product is bare-rooted it is available for dispatch between late October & late March. Orders can be placed in advance at any time, just bear in mind that payment will be taken in full at time of ordering.
Plant at a distance of 12-18in (30-45cm) apart, and 2ft (60cm) between the rows.
A sunny & sheltered position is ideal, but they will tolerate most soil types. When creating the bed, mix in a good dose of compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil. Create a small mound in the middle of the bed/planting hole and spread the roots out evenly over it. Ensure that the crown is level with the soil then replace and carefully firm the soil around the roots. Water in well.
Regular weeding is important as with the very nature of their low growing habit, Strawberries run the risk of being swamped. Ensure you don’t cultivate too deeply close to the plants & rooted runners as they are shallow-rooted and could easily be damaged. Apply a mulch yearly to prevent heaving action caused by frost & a yearly dose of general purpose fertiliser will help to maintain your plants in top condition.