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Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick et al., USDA Corvallis
FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Gandy'
Garden Strawberry, Strawberry
Garden strawberries are hybrid perennials prized for their sweet, aromatic red fruit. The heirloom variety 'Gandy' bears numerous large, firm, dark crimson berries that ripen in late spring and early summer, toward the end of the spring strawberry season. Rarely grown today, this "June-bearing" strawberry was widely cultivated in the Midwest and Northeast United States in the late nineteenth and early twentieth centuries. It originated in Newport, New Jersey, around 1895.
Like most garden strawberries, 'Gandy' spreads by runners to form expanding mats of three-lobed leaves. Plants bear round white five-petaled flowers in spring that develop from buds initiated the previous fall. The plump, conical, hollow-centered berries are tasty and tart. They are excellent for preserves or for eating fresh.
Garden strawberries thrive in full sun and moderately fertile, moist, acidic to neutral soil. Unlike most strawberry cultivars, 'Gandy' does best in heavy clay-rich soil. Garden strawberries are good choices for culinary gardens, containers, or "strawberry towers." They are vulnerable to numerous pests and diseases, which should be monitored and controlled if necessary.
8 - 1
4 - 8
A1, A2, A3, 1a, 1b, 2a, 2b, 3a, 3b, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 14, 15, 16, 17, 18, 19, 20, 21, 22, 23, 24
6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm
1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m
Spring, Late Spring
Red, Crimson, Dark Red
Green, Dark Green
Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Groundcover, Herb / Vegetable
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