Strawberry 'Yellow Wonder'
Strawberries are a favourite of many, the taste taking you back to warm summer days. Fantastic for eating straight off the plant, salads, baking and jams and jellies. A personal must have, there is just something about picking fresh berries through the summer.
Strawberries now come in so many forms there really is one (or many) for every person and location.
'Yellow Wonder' is classed as an alpine, it produces small fruits about 1cm in length which give quite the punch of flavour, what they lack in size they make up for in abundance and taste.
It is a perpetual (also know as everbearer) this means rather than a mass of fruit in one season you will harvest a few berries a day for most of the year. The fruits are unusual in that they are a pale yellow colour, no they dont have the classic juicy red image however this reducing the crop lose to birds who dont recognise them as ripe. They taste best when really soft just before beginning to brown. Best eaten immediately.
These have shown to do well in containers, doing well in baskets where they can easily be picked or in large pots. And are hardy here in Cornwall however colder areas are advised to offer winter protection. Bring in to glasshouses or cover with fleece during cold snaps.
Grow in full sun or part shade. Can tolerate more shade than the larger strawberry cultivars.
Easy to grow, once established pot on or split every 1-2 years. Water well during dry periods. When repotting use a moist but free draining mix to ensure moisture retention in summer but not sodden compost that can cause root rot in winter. Add slow release feed granules to the compost offers a consistent feed supply with little effort.
Generally pest free however when container growing be aware of vine weevil. Classic signs are stunted or wilted growth even when wet, if unsure check the compost for the larvae and repot, keep watered until established if this is completed during times of drought or heat.
As with all strawberries these do enter dormancy in winter as little more than roots, loosing the majority of their top growth. Which regrows when the weather improves in spring.
These plants are propagated from our own stock, sent in 9cm pots and are of fruiting age.