Wendy Strawberry fruit
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Height: 15 inches
Spacing: 20 inches
Hardiness Zone: 3a
Other Names: Garden Strawberry
An early season selection, producing an abundance of large, deep red berries with firm texture and excellent flavor; vigorous and cold hardy with good disease resistance; ideal for gardens, containers, and hanging baskets
Wendy Strawberry is a perennial that is typically grown for its edible qualities, although it does have ornamental merits as well. It produces large red heart-shaped berries which are usually ready for picking in late spring. 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 firm texture.
The berries are most often used in the following ways:
- Fresh Eating
Features & Attributes
Wendy Strawberry features dainty white cup-shaped flowers with yellow eyes at the ends of the stems in mid spring. Its serrated round compound leaves remain dark green in color throughout the season. It features an abundance of magnificent red berries in late spring.
This is an open herbaceous perennial with an upright spreading 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;
Aside from its primary use as an edible, Wendy Strawberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;
- Border Edging
- General Garden Use
- Container Planting
- Hanging Baskets
Planting & Growing
Wendy Strawberry will grow to be about 15 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 24 inches. When grown in masses or used as a bedding plant, individual plants should be spaced approximately 20 inches apart. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. As an herbaceous perennial, this plant will usually die back to the crown each winter, and will regrow from the base each spring. Be careful not to disturb the crown in late winter when it may not be readily seen! 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.
Wendy Strawberry is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor containers and hanging baskets. It is often used as a 'filler' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination, providing a mass of flowers against which the larger thriller plants stand out. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden.