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Strawberry Elsanta


Fragaria x ananassa Elsanta

A mid-season variety which is resistant to bruising

A popular, healthy mid-season variety with deliciously sweet and fragrant berries from mid June to mid July. A heavy cropper producing bright orange-red fruit which are a perfect strawberry shape with a mouth-watering taste.


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.


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.

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 March - August
Evergreen No
Plant height 10 cm - 50 cm
Plant width 10 cm - 50 cm
Fragrant flowers No
Attracts bees Yes
Attracts butterflies Yes
Plant height in 5 years 30 cm
Hardiness zone (?) H4

Will perform best in these conditions

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Soil type Clay, Loam, Sand
Light exposure Full sun
Soil drainage Well drained, 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 May - July
Cropping June - July

Typically available

From March to August