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Ulysses Prentiss Hedrick et al., USDA Corvallis
FRAGARIA x ananassa 'Howard 17'
Garden Strawberry, Strawberry
Garden strawberries are hybrid perennials prized for their sweet, aromatic red fruit. Although rarely grown today, 'Howard 17' figures in the ancestry of many contemporary strawberry cultivars. This "June-bearing" variety originated in Belchertown, Massachusetts, around 1905. It is also known as 'Premier' and 'Howard'.
Like most garden strawberries, 'Howard 17' spreads by runners to form expanding mats of three-lobed leaves. Round, white, five- to nine-petaled flowers open in spring from buds initiated the previous fall. The large, conical to wedge-shaped berries ripen to glossy red in late spring, early in the spring strawberry season. The firm-fleshed, juicy, flavorful fruits are excellent for fresh eating.
Garden strawberries thrive in full sun and moist, acidic to neutral soil. They 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, H1, H2, 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
Early Spring, Spring
Container, Edible, Fruit / Fruit Tree, Hanging Basket, Herb / Vegetable
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