Fragaria ‘Dickens’ – June-bearing Strawberry


A 2018 introduction from Cornell University berry breeder Courtney Weber. It was first noticed in 2002 for being particularly cold hardy so it should be a good strawberry choice even at higher elevations in the Catskills. Subsequent trials revealed a very disease-resistant variety with excellent flavor, large firm fruit that ripen in late mid-season, and outstanding yields. Indeed the variety, though named for the famous author Charles Dickens, not a euphemism, does indeed yield “like the dickens.”

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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