The Albion strawberry is a relatively new hybrid plant that checks several important boxes for gardeners. Heat-tolerant and everbearing, with large, uniform, and very sweet berries, these plants are a good choice for gardeners with hot summers looking to extend their crop. Keep reading to learn more about Albion strawberry care and how to grow Albion berries in the garden.
Albion Strawberry Info
The Albion strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa “Albion”) is a hybrid developed relatively recently in California. It is known for its fruits, which have a uniformly conical shape, bright red color, reliable firmness, and surprisingly sweet taste.
Albion strawberry plants grow quickly to about 12 inches (30.5 cm.) in height, with a spread of 12 to 24 inches (30.5-61 cm.). They are high yielding and everbearing, which means they will flower and fruit continuously from late spring into the fall.
They are hardy down to USDA zone 4 and can be grown as perennials in zones 4-7, but are very tolerant of heat and humidity and can be grown in much hotter climates, existing as evergreens in frost-free areas.
Albion Strawberry Care
Growing Albion strawberries is very easy. The plants are bred to be resistant to several common diseases, including verticillium wilt, phytophthora crown rot, and anthracnose.
Albion strawberry plants like full sun and very rich, well-drained soil. They need lots of moisture and require weekly watering (if there isn’t consistent rain) in order to produce good, plump berries. Because they are so heat-tolerant, they will continue fruiting well into the summer even in climates where summer temperatures will kill other strawberry varieties.
Berries and fruit will exist simultaneously on the plants, so continue to harvest the strawberries as they ripen to make room for new ones.