Fragaria ‘Archer’ – June-bearing Strawberry


Strawberry fans, rejoice. This 2016 introduction from New York’s Cornell University concentrates intense flavor in a berry big enough to fill the palm of your hand. Topping out at over 50 grams (a little under 2 ounces), ‘Archer,’ from berry breeder Courtney Weber, is comparable in size to a plum or small peach. But this behemoth stands out in ways beyond just its proportions: the flavor and aroma exceed what you’d expect from a strawberry of such unusual size. “Archer is an extraordinarily high-flavored berry,” according to Weber. Weber’s breeding program also selects for yield and disease resistance and ‘Archer’ is a high-yield variety that’s tolerant to root rots and other common diseases.

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  • Strawberries require 6-10 hours a day of direct sunlight.
  • They will do best in a sandy loam soil and adding some aged manure and/or compost before planting is recommended.  Mulch with chopped straw, leaves or shredded wood.
  • The soil pH should be between 5.5 and 7.
  • Strawberries need well-drained conditions so raised beds or containers are a good option.

Additional information

Pot size

1-Quart, 5-Pint