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Sapphire Strawberry

Fragaria 'Sapphire'

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Sapphire Strawberry (Fragaria 'Sapphire') at Roger's Gardens

Sapphire Strawberry fruit

Sapphire Strawberry fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Sapphire Strawberry (Fragaria 'Sapphire') at Roger's Gardens

Sapphire Strawberry fruit

Sapphire Strawberry fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  10 inches

Spread:  24 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  4a

Other Names:  Garden Strawberry

Description:

This midseason variety features juicy, very sweet, deep red red berries in summer; winter hardy; watch for disease; a good selection for containers

Edible Qualities

Sapphire Strawberry is a perennial that is commonly grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces large dark red heart-shaped berries with a purple blush which are usually ready for picking from late spring to early summer. This variety is considered a 'June-bearing' type of strawberry, which means that it produces one big crop of fruit at the same time. The berries have a sweet taste and a juicy texture.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Baking
  • Preserves

Features & Attributes

Sapphire Strawberry features dainty white cup-shaped flowers with lemon yellow eyes along the stems from mid to late spring. Its serrated round compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It features an abundance of magnificent dark red berries with purple blush from late spring to early summer.

This is an open herbaceous perennial with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting birds to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading
  • Disease

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Sapphire Strawberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • General Garden Use
  • Container Planting
  • Hanging Baskets

Planting & Growing

Sapphire Strawberry will grow to be about 10 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This plant can be integrated into a landscape or flower garden by creative gardeners, but is usually grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Sapphire Strawberry is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Garden  Container  Basket 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features