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FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Gandy'

Image of Fragaria x ananassa 'Gandy'

Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick et al., USDA Corvallis

Family

Rosaceae

Botanical Name

FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Gandy'

Plant Common Name

Garden Strawberry, Strawberry

General Description

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.

Characteristics

  • AHS Heat Zone

    8 - 1

  • USDA Hardiness Zone

    4 - 8

  • Sunset Zone

    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

  • Plant Type

    Fruit

  • Sun Exposure

    Full Sun

  • Height

    6"-8" / 15.2cm - 20.3cm

  • Width

    1'-2' / 0.3m - 0.6m

  • Bloom Time

    Spring, Late Spring

  • Native To

    Hybrid Origin

Growing Conditions

  • Soil pH

    Acidic, Neutral

  • Soil Drainage

    Average

  • Soil type

    Clay, Loam

  • Growth Rate

    Fast

  • Water Requirements

    Average Water

  • Habit

    Mat-forming

  • Seasonal Interest

    Spring, Summer

Ornamental Features

  • Flower Interest

    Showy

  • Flower Color

    White

  • Fruit Color

    Red, Crimson, Dark Red

  • Foliage Color (Spring)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Summer)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Foliage Color (Fall)

    Green, Dark Green

  • Fragrant Flowers

    No

  • Fragrant Fruit

    Yes

  • Fragrant Foliage

    No

  • Bark or Stem Fragrant

    No

  • Flower Petal Number

    Single

  • Repeat Bloomer

    No

  • Showy Fruit

    Yes

  • Edible Fruit

    Yes

  • Showy Foliage

    No

  • Foliage Texture

    Medium

  • Foliage Sheen

    Matte

  • Evergreen

    No

  • Showy Bark

    No

Special Characteristics

  • Usage

    Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Groundcover, Herb / Vegetable

  • Sharp or Has Thorns

    No

  • Invasive

    No

  • Attracts

    Birds

  • Self-Sowing

    No