Introducing pineberry, strasberry and bubbleberry
Bored with strawberries and raspberries? Then maybe it's time to try one of three new berry varieties that are available now. Bunnings horticulturalist Mark Dedman has all you need to know.
What are they?
The three new strawberry varieties are called Pineberry, Strasberry and Bubbleberry. Here’s a rundown on each.
This sweet tasting fruit (pictured above) has hints of bubblegum and mixed berry flavours. Sensational on their own, they’re also great to use in jams, cakes and ice-creams.
Fragrant white flesh and red seeds makes this strawberry very distinctive. You’ll also be surprised with its delicious pineapple tang.
This plump juicy strawberry resembles a raspberry not just in appearance but also with its mild raspberry flavour.
Prepare for planting
The best time to plant these varieties is during March or April in sub-tropical areas and June or July for colder climates. They like areas in full sun with well-drained soil.
Enrich your garden bed before planting by digging cow manure into the soil. To assist drainage, mound the soil into rows about 30cm apart.
How to plant
Plant your strawberries about 30cm apart in the mounded rows. This will avoid crowding the plants and will prevent fungal growth and insect attacks. The Pineberry and Strasberry require a pollinator of a red strawberry near them to fruit. The packs available at Bunnings include the pollinator and the Bubbleberry can also be used to pollinate the Pineberry and Strasberry.
Make sure the tops of the roots are at soil level and the plant is not buried too deep. After planting, mulch to control weeds and prevent the fruit from touching the soil and spoiling.
Water the strawberries well when planting. To get the most succulent fruit, ensure the soil is kept moist and does not dry out, especially during their growing season in spring. Strawberries don’t like wet leaves, so installing a drip irrigation system is worthwhile to deliver water straight to the roots. You’ll also use less water. Put it on a timer switch and you won’t have to worry about remembering to water.
To feed your strawberries, use a fertiliser high in potash early in spring. Look for fertilisers suitable for fruiting and flowering. A fortnightly feed using a liquid fertiliser and seaweed solution will help produce a bumper harvest.
Your berries will produce their first main crop of fruit around October and will continue fruiting until the end of the year. To avoid bruising, use scissors to cut them off, leaving a small amount of stem on each one. The strawberries are best consumed when freshly picked.
More ideas and inspiration
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