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Strawberry Elan

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Fragaria x ananassa Elan

Ideal for growing in baskets or containers

A vigorous variety with lots of flowers, which means a constant supply of large sweet red berries throughout the summer. This ever-bearing variety will produce fruit from June to October.

Where?

Needs sunny spot, if space is limited grow in a border alongside perennials or in a container or hanging basket. Grow in a greenhouse to enjoy the fruit even earlier in the summer.

How?

Best in a fertile, moist but well-drained soil. Enrich the soil with organic matter before planting - homemade garden compost or well rotted manure is fine. Use a good quality potting compost for container growing. Keep well watered, especially as the fruits develop. Cover the plants with a net to protect the fruit from birds and watch out for slugs.

It has a higher vitamin C content than many other strawberries.

Plant details


In depth plant information

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Plant type Fruit, Perennial herbaceous
Flower colour
Foliage colour
Typically available March - August
Season of interest Summer
Flowering June - September
Evergreen No
Plant height 15 cm - 20 cm
Plant width 20 cm - 30 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 20 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Loam, Clay
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Moist
Planting instructions

Water the plant in its pot thoroughly before planting – give it a good soaking. Prepare the area by digging a hole twice the size of the pot. Dig compost into the base of the hole. Remove the pot and position the plant in the hole, with the top of the rootball about level with the surrounding soil. Refill the planting hole with a mixture of garden soil and compost, firming as you go. Water in well and keep well watered during the plant's first year.

Planting site Wildlife garden, Cottage garden, Informal garden, Patio container

Additional Information for Fruit, Veg and Bulbs

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Sowing March - June
Fruiting June - September
Cropping July - October

Typically available

From March to August