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Best Strawberries

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BJ starts with ...
Hi,
My husband loves strawberries - particuarly large sweet ones (he's not a fan of alpine strawberries ... too small). What is the biggest strawberry (that is still sweet) - and where can I source them from?
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Wazza McG says...
The best large strawberry according to a taste test done by Diggers is Cambridge Rival followed by Hokowase then Chandler.

Should be able to get all three at Diggers - I have seen Hokowase at Bunnings and Plant Plus.

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Julie says...
I have had Hokowase for a few years. They taste wonderful, but I wouldn't say they are a large strawberry. The size varies a lot, which is probably why they aren't a commercial variety.
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Brad says...
the ones we get in the shops now are more and more californian varieties that are truckloads better than the useless red gauntlet. but home growers can't get them (e.g. camarosa)
I've been keeping an eye our for cambridge rival in wa, with no joy. i grow hokowase and concur with julie
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BJ says...
Hi Brad and Julie, where did you get your hokowase?
The Juliette sold by perry runners sounds promising - but it is under PBR so not for the home novice like me!
I've had surprising success with strawberries - not in production but survival and I now use all the runners as living mulch in pots etc so I'd like to focus on a few good producers.
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Julie says...
Got them from a friend, who bought them at Bunnings. I bought two more from Bunnings last year, and they were hopeless - nothing like the ones I already have. Maybe mislabelled?
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amanda says...
I like Hokowase too :) I am testing Alinta this year as it states it is day length neutral..
(never knew strawbs had day length issues b4..??)
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Brad says...
worm castings and/or seaweed tonic seem to be the go. keep the foliage off the soil with a straw or mulch, avoid too much sun or drying winds (perth) and they seem ok. Hokowase produces large numbers of runners, so if anyone in your area has it, its easy to get freebies, I've given away heaps from one original plant. no idea about QLD stockists
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Pauline says...
Brad, I have seen loads of the Cambridge Rival here in sa (I am from Cambridge so get all excited when I see them lol) so there is hope they are coming to you. Bunnings has them, so it might be worth asking there.

I grow mine planted straight into bags of compost. They are in full sun and doing amazingly.

Bj, why would strawberries being sold under pbr not be for a novice? It doesn't mean they are any harder to deal with, just that you can't sell any runners.
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Cain says...
I bought one Alinta plant from Diggers about 9 months ago and it is in a pot. It has been extremely hardy in a very hot Perth summer and we have been getting about 2-3 strawberries a week (if we can get to them before the dog!) for the last 4 months, so I am extremely happy with the yield. They should produce from November to May.

About 8 weeks ago I just planted another 30 plants (10 of which died and Diggers replaced them free of charge, with a bonus 2 plants), so hopefully towards to the start of next summer I will be yielding 2 punnets a week for 6 months of the year.

They are not huge compared to the shop varieties, but they are very nice tasting.
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amanda says...
Cain..Bunnings have Alinta plants during the season (just thinking it might be cheaper and easier for you than importing from east)

The are supposed to be day length neutral also.
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Cain says...
Hi Amanda,

Thanks for the info - that is good to hear as I actually want to buy some more. Do you know when they would usually be in season?

Thanks,
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amanda says...
I am not sure Cain..? Best to ask your nearest/local Bunnings store? Ours is getting some strawbs in now...but depends on which supplier it is...?
They use Benara Nurseries for most of their plants in WA - but a different supplier for those herbs in the larger yellow pots, for eg.

Depends on the supplier's growing timetable more often than not.

Sometimes you can order them though..?

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Dean071 says...
Hey Pauline, try the plum variety Cambridge Gage. One of the sweetest stone fruits I have tried!
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Wozza says...
hi Julie can i buy 2 hakoase plants from you bunnings does not sell them any more

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Julie says...
Wozza, you will have to wait till they set runners later in the season, don't have any to spare ATM.

Try emailing me as a reminder in a few months time:julwood at iprimus dot com dot au.
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Wozza says...
hi julie its Wozza no luck with email

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