While you may think that using a greenhouse is a great way to grow plants that commonly go into salads, such as greens, tomatoes and cucumbers, you can also use a greenhouse to grow fruits and berries, such as strawberries. If you are thinking of giving indoor strawberry growing a try, there are several well-suited strawberry varieties that you should consider planting.
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Jewel strawberries are a day type strawberry (also known as June bearing or summer-fruiting), which means that they flower and produce fruit only once each year. According to Cornell University, cultivators adapted the strawberries for growing in the climates of the Midwestern, Great Lakes and Northeast regions of the United States during the 1970s and 1980s. Known scientifically as Fragaria x ananassa Duch, the Jewel cultivar of strawberry is very hardy, and its large, visually attractive fruits are resistant to post-harvesting rot. The fruits typically have conical to wedgelike shapes, are moderately firm and are a bright, glossy red in colour. In addition to being flavourful, Jewel strawberries are easy to pick, meaning that you can easily pluck them off of their parent plants without causing harm to either.
According to Plant Research International, elsanta strawberries are a hybrid cultivar that was created in 1975 by combining holiday and gorella strawberries. Like the jewel, the sturdy elsanta strawberry bears fruit once each year, typically in mid-June or mid-July. However, according to Plants By Post, the plants will bear fruit earlier if you grow them in a green house. The flowers that the elsanta strawberry plant produces are distinctively large and have clearly distinguished anthers, which are the end points of its pollen-producing stamen. The fruits of the elsanta are robust, juicy, shiny red, aromatic and have rounded, conical bodies. While a good choice for growing in greenhouses, be wary of grey mould and mildew forming on your elsanta strawberries, which are prone to these conditions.
The Cambridge favourite variety of strawberry has its origins in England (hence the extra U in the name). According to Thompson and Morgan, the cultivar is popular among English farmers, who commonly harvest it in June or early July. However, if you grow it in a greenhouse, the picking season may come early or be extended. The fruits of Cambridge favourite strawberries are juicy, sweet and have an orange-red colour.
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