Strawberry Patch In Southwest Oklahoma

strawberry Spring arrives in 7 days, with all the above normal temperature days we have had this year, I went out on a limb and purchased ‘Strawberry’ potted plants.

Our local farm/hardware store had their annual spring plant sale this past weekend. I found what is hyped as being a heat tolerant, everbearing, day neutral strawberry berry, sold under the variety name of Eversweet.

I think that at $0.85 each for 4 inch pot, plants. The price is not unreasonable.

Breeder/seller hype:
Height: 8 – 10 inches.
Spacing: 12 – 24 inches.
Spread: 8 – 12 inches.
Sun/Shade: Full sun.
Pollinator: Self-pollinating.
Yield: Approximately 1 – 2 pints.
Blooms: May – August.
Fruit: Very large, deep red berries.
* Everbearing. Thrives in the heat and humidity and still produces exceptional fruit. Bred for Southern growers. Tolerates temperatures over 100 degrees F. without loss of fruit quality.

Michelle L. has a plot on the north side of her house that I think will be a perfect Strawberry bed.

Sunday, Son-n-law and grandson tilled the bed and transplanted 20 plants.
By this time next year I can report if all the hype about Everysweet strawberry being heat tolerant is fact or just hype.

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8 responses to “Strawberry Patch In Southwest Oklahoma

  1. I planted some everbearing strawberries in the fall of 2014. Last spring they took off right away, producing berries in early April ( I live in Chilliwack, BC, Canada and we have very mild temps year round 4-8C, even in the winter. Sorry I cannot remember what that is in Farenheit!). Anyways they produced fairly consistently through a very hot, dry summer, where temps were 27-35C from mid-may until late September! It was a scorcher! We had no rain and the whole province was on level 4 water restrictions until October. I had to conserve even more water than that as we are on a well. I think that you will be very happy with the drought/heat tolerance. The berries were smaller than they would be in a wetter/cooler year, but full of flavour.

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  2. We can’t seem to grow strawberries. Between the Oklahoma heat and draught, they don’t make it. We also have red clay dirt. Getting more rain this year, maybe I should try again.

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    • I know what you mean, I also have tight clay soil, heat and water is always a challenge. I have added a lot of river sand and compost to this bed to make the soil more suitable for planting.
      This bed is on the north side of the house and water will be controlled by an Orbit (hose end) sprinkler time(had one in my spare parts box). Trial and error will determine my best water schedule. In Texas I have had good success planting strawberry’s on the east side of my house so they received 1/2 day or more direct sun and were shaded from the afternoon extreme sun and heat.
      Good luck and Happy Gardening

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  3. I’ll be interested to read your report as I’m always replacing our Strawberry patch with new plants every year as some stop producing over time.

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