This is my first year growing Buried Treasure Reds/Pinks in a Zone 4a climate. I mainly picked this variety of strawberry because of the beautiful red/pink flowers. Here was my experiment and what I learned from the experience with this variety: I bought 6 Buried Treasure strawberry plants from a local garden centre, all in 4” nursery pots. I planted one in a long rectangular plastic pot with some chives and put that one in a semi-shaded spot on my deck (south facing). I let the potted strawberry flower and currently I have about 10 strawberries growing in nicely and more on the way as it’s blooming and growing very well. The other five I planted in my garden bed (north facing backyard, but full sun throughout the day). Only two of the five in my garden bed survived and they are doing well, though much smaller then other varieties I have grown in the past. After loosing 3 of my 5 strawberry plants, I decided that I would prune the flowers from my garden bed strawberries to give them their first year to establish strong, healthy roots. Dappled shade is obviously a must for this variety of strawberries, The two that survived and thrived in my garden bed are closest to the stone edging of the bed which provided them with light shade during the day and more protection from the elements - similar to the strawberries in the pot on my deck. While the flowers are pretty, obviously I’m growing strawberries for their quality and flavour which so far I am underwhelmed with. I want to give them a solid chance though, so I’ll update my review if my garden bed thrivers turn out to be delicious next season. If you live in a climate where your strawberries can survive the winter in a pot I would definitely recommend growing this variety in a pot (or anything pot-like with potting soil). The flower colours add a nice touch as they flow over the sides and so far my first year experiment has led me to conclude that growing this variety in a pot yields the best results in looks and fruit when transplanting outdoors.
Berried Treasure® Red Strawberry Fragaria ananassa
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Double the Delight! Why choose between growing flowers or fruit? This wonderful plant is both highly ornamental and it produces tasty fruit on ever-bearing plants. The semi-double flowers are gorgeous in their own right and lip-smacking sweet strawberry together all summer. It's a little like having your cake and eating it too. Planting in a container will show off the fruit to best effect, but it can also be grown in gardens. Short runners can develop over time, which may add a trailing element to the plant. These runners can be trimmed back, if you prefer to do so or can be left as is. The 12-16" tall, mounding plants are just the right size for your patio pots or hanging baskets. They will flower and produce fruit the season they are planted if you buy plants or start seeds indoors, which means the plant can be grown as an annual. However, they are also quite hardy and will be perennial in zones 4-9.Award WinnerEdibleContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingProduces BerriesHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:Bees
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:12 - 16 InchesSpacing:8 - 12 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:ModerateBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:GroundcoverUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Best used in containers including patio planters and hanging baskets, where the fruit can be shown off and easily picked. However, they also work well in gardens.Maintenance Notes:
To keep your Berried Treasure plant looking its best, the soil should be kept evenly moist and using a regular fertilization program will produce the most prolific berry crop.
Even if the plants are started by seed, they should set fruit in the first year and those purchased as plants in spring will certainly produce fruit in the first season.
Growing Berried Treasure from Seed:
If you are growing Berried Treasure from seed, starting the seeds indoors will give the plants a head start, which will result in ripe fruit earlier in the season.
Seed Prep - Strawberry seeds will germinate better if they are chilled in your freezer or refrigerator for 3-4 weeks prior to planting.
Planting - Once seeds have received their chill period, start them indoors 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. The seeds should germinate in about 2-3 weeks, but could take a little longer. Strawberry seeds are tiny and should be sown on the soil surface.
All of the Berried Treasure varieties perform similarly, however, there are some differences. White flowers are typical for strawberries and are therefore the easiest plants to develop, with pink not far behind. Red flowers, however, are a much more difficult color to develop. While all of the Berried Treasure plants grow well and set fruit prolifically, we have noted that Berried Treasure Red does tend to be slower to germinate. The key to successful germination is to keep the humidity high during the whole germination period. If you are growing all three colors, expect the red to take longer and be sure to keep the humidity high until all of the seedlings are growing well.
Thinning - If the seedlings are crowded, you may want to thin them to allow more robust growth of the remaining seedlings.
Transplant - Plant the seedlings outdoors about 3 weeks after the threat of frost is past. If you live where frost isn't a concern, that will be about 11 weeks after planting the seeds. Plant 3 or more seedlings per container, depending on container size. In the landscape, plants should be spaced 18-24" apart. Rows should be about 36" apart.
Grow your strawberries in at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. More sun is desirable and will help produce a bumper crop of fruit.
The plants should be kept evenly moist and fed regularly for the best results.Berried Treasure® Red Fragaria ananassa 'Summer Breeze Rose'
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CC, Alberta, Canada, 20 weeks ago
These plants were delivered to me in the spring. It is now midsummer. They were packaged perfectly, and all arrived in perfect condition. I was very impressed (esp. compared to other mail order plants I've purchased elsewhere). I was also delighted that I received timely communication as to when the package was to arrive and I was prepared with soil, nutrients, and was there to receive it before they could have died. I ordered 10 red and received 9 red and one pink. The plants had few blooms on them at the time, so the mistake was easy to make. I will say the one pink plant has always produced less than half the blooms as the red ones. But the number of strawberries seems comparable. The pink plant is in one of the sunnier spots with several red ones and receives as much sun as its neighbors. The red ones that receive a hair less sun just because they are four feet closer to the house do produce fewer blooms than the reds in the most sun. They are on a south-facing porch and receive direct sun from 8am to 9pm unless very close to the house. These need more than just 6+ hours of light. These plants need much more. However, the afternoon summer sun is too hot for the plants on the west side of the porch. Their leaves and berries tend to crisp over there. On the east side of the porch, the berries are much prettier. I do have bagworms, grasshoppers, and Japanese beetles eating my blooms, berries, and leaves. I have to pick them off and put them in a bottle of mouthwash or crush them. They dehydrate the berries by eating across the top center of the blooms and the berries are often misshapen bc of them. But for months I had luck. And with flower food and proper pest picking I have several nice blooms and berries anyway. I like the vines that the plants throw down. They look adorable hanging from my planters. These are excessively cheerful and practical plants to have in hangers and baskets on the porch. They produce much-needed fruit all summer long. And they are just cute. They have more blooms on them than the supertunias do since the grasshoppers are eating those. The only things that are truely pest-resistant this year are the lantana and the sunpatience.Ashley Aubel, Kansas, United States, 25 weeks ago
Bought strawberry plants for two seasons. This year included the Proven Winners and Proven Harvest. Nursery told me how wonderful they are, but alas for me no luck. Very disappointed.John J, New Jersey, United States, 30 weeks ago
Ordered 3 red & 3 pink. Mostly for looks, because they are darling plants. They arrived exactly when they said, and in very good condition. (Everything else in my order was in poor condition, boo.) They are thriving in my raised beds. Like other reviewers, I have been turned on to PW by Garden Answer - sadly, here in the PNW I have a heck of a time finding the featured plants at local garden centers. I don't know if I'd order through delivery again, based on the condition of the other plants in my order. Amasil Basil & Lemon Coral Serum.A. Salsman, Washington, United States, 30 weeks ago
I cannot recommend these. After watching Garden Answer plant these in a Galvanized steel tub, In 2020, I bought 4 potted plants and planted them in a galvanized container with organic matter, organic soil and Berrytone fertilizer. Since they were planted late in the season, I wasn't too upset with the small berries and lack of taste. I figured I would give them another year. In 2021, they survived our winter in Zone 6a and I fertilized with Berrytone and added organic matter. They came up beautifully and the flowers were so pretty. Again, small and tasteless berries. I would say 10% of the berries were large--but still tasteless and not sweet. They were prolific, but I will not plant them again and I will be taking them out of the planter and discarding them. My time, energy and space are too precious to waste them on produce that tastes awful. I also don't want to have to add sugar to my homegrown fruit. I usually have to do that with store bought fruit, if at all. I gave 2 stars because they were pretty and prolific in the 2nd year. But again, I cannot recommend them.Terry Rumas, Rhode Island, United States, 1 year ago
I planted (raised bed) 2 plants Berries Treasure red, earlier this year, 2021. Initially the fruit was small, VERY small. Here we are the first part of August and the fruit is abundant AND bigger. Can't wait to see how they grow next year!Penny Potter, Iowa, United States, 1 year ago
Full Disclosure: I am a novice gardener and dont really know what i am doing. However, i bought a combination of 16 (I thinK) plants in red, pink, and white. We eat a lot of strawberries and I knew from watching Laura (garden answer) that they were on the smaller side so i wanted to have plenty. I planted them in a GreenStalk garden tower which a bunch of other stuff (the other stuff grew like crazy! And surprisingly fast!!!) so i know it was not the way i planted them…..They started out looking ok but after a few weeks, they all got dried up looking and white crystal hair things all over. I think i got about 4 strawberries from them collectively before this happened. :( It was VERY humid around that time and the air was really “thick” so i thought it may have been a type of infection/fungus from the moist air? The other plants did OK but didn’t seem as robust but either way all the strawberry plants died. This was my first time growing strawberries and it was an expensive experiment.Jennifer Miller, Florida, United States, 1 year ago
I planted a pack of seeds...huge leaves but no flowers or fruit....all seeds germinated...lost maybe two...plants....fighting worms...all summer....sure was hoping to see fruit ...not so far...maybe I am doing/not doing something.....4 stars because of no fruit....Carol M Hingle, Louisiana, United States, 1 year ago
I see that many people had poor germination with these seeds. Well since I can't even grow decent Tomato Seedlings, I ordered Plants. I ordered 5 of the Berry Red. I left the seed starting to the Professionals. My plants were delayed because they needed more growing time in the Nursery. I totally appreciate that Proven Winners will not ship tiny plants that don't stand a chance of survival in my yard. When they arrived they were Large Beautiful Plants. I have planted them in a Raised Bed and have them on drip irrigation. They are Healthy Happy Thriving Plants. Blooming and can't wait to have my first Strawberries.Marilyn K Ruggeberg, Iowa, United States, 1 year ago
I bought one packet of Berried Treasure Red. I put them in the freezer for about 3 weeks. I grew them in cell watering trays under a clear dome and under grow lights and I did use a heat mat in the beginning. The first seed germinated in 5 days. I had 14 germinate within 10 days. I lost a few plants along the way to user error. I had a problem with surface algae. Sprinkling with cinnamon did take care of that. Then I didn’t fertilize quickly enough. I have 9 plants with flowers outside. I wasn’t even sure they would produce at all so I’m surprised. Overall I am pleased. But I’m not sure I would do it again. I have limited space for grow lights and I think I could have used that space for plants only available in seed. My garden center had all three Berried Treasure for $5 a plant and they were beautiful.Barbara, Maryland, United States, 1 year ago
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