Experts and BHG readers answer.
What's the difference between June-bearing and day-neutral strawberries?
For a harvest that comes on all at once, choose June-bearing strawberries. As the name implies, they bear a single crop in June in Zones 5 and north, earlier in warmer zones. With good care, you can harvest a crop from these plants for 4-5 years.They're cold-hardy to Zone 3; in areas colder than Zone 5, provide winter protection for potted plants and mulch those in the ground. Look for varieties such as 'Earliglow', 'Honeoye', 'Sweet Charlie', and 'Totem'. Day-neutral strawberries bear fruit throughout the growing season, often into October. The plants are smaller than their June-bearing cousins, because more energy goes into fruiting. They're cold-hardy to Zone 3 too. Replace them after a couple of seasons. Look for varieties such as 'Tristar' and 'Tribute'.