Like other people, I had terrible germination. I bought a few Berried Treasure Red strawberry plants the year before, and thought it would be delightful to have a strawberry tower of all the flower colors. I bought one packet of each color and out of 45 seeds, I had 2 germinate. I placed the seed packets in my freezer for 3 weeks prior to attempting to start them. I'm a seasoned gardener, so that was unlikely to be the issue. Really disappointed.
Berried Treasure® Red Strawberry Fragaria ananassa
The optimum amount of sun or shade each plant needs to thrive: Full Sun (6+ hours), Part Sun (4-6 hours), Full Shade (up to 4 hours).
Double the Delight! Why choose between growing flowers or fruit? This wonderful plant is both highly ornamental and it produces tasty fruit on ever-bearing plants. The semi-double flowers are gorgeous in their own right and lip-smacking sweet strawberry together all summer. It's a little like having your cake and eating it too. Planting in a container will show off the fruit to best effect, but it can also be grown in gardens. Short runners can develop over time, which may add a trailing element to the plant. These runners can be trimmed back, if you prefer to do so or can be left as is. The 12-16" tall, mounding plants are just the right size for your patio pots or hanging baskets. They will flower and produce fruit the season they are planted if you buy plants or start seeds indoors, which means the plant can be grown as an annual. However, they are also quite hardy and will be perennial in zones 4-9.Award WinnerEdibleContinuous Bloom or RebloomerLong BloomingProduces BerriesHeat TolerantDeadheading Not NecessaryAttracts:Bees
CharacteristicsPlant Type:AnnualHeight Category:ShortGarden Height:12 - 16 InchesSpacing:8 - 12 InchesSpread:18 - 24 InchesFlower Colors:RedFlower Shade:RedFoliage Colors:GreenFoliage Shade:GreenHabit:MoundedContainer Role:Filler
Plant NeedsLight Requirement:SunMaintenance Category:ModerateBloom Time:Planting To FrostHardiness Zones:4a, 4b, 5a, 5b, 6a, 6b, 7a, 7b, 8a, 8b, 9a, 9bWater Category:AverageSoil Fertility Requirement:Average SoilSoil Fertility Requirement:Fertile SoilUses:ContainerUses:Edging PlantUses:GroundcoverUses:LandscapeUses:Mass PlantingUses Notes:
Best used in containers including patio planters and hanging baskets, where the fruit can be shown off and easily picked. However, they also work well in gardens.Maintenance Notes:
To keep your Berried Treasure plant looking its best, the soil should be kept evenly moist and using a regular fertilization program will produce the most prolific berry crop.
Even if the plants are started by seed, they should set fruit in the first year and those purchased as plants in spring will certainly produce fruit in the first season.
Growing Berried Treasure from Seed:
If you are growing Berried Treasure from seed, starting the seeds indoors will give the plants a head start, which will result in ripe fruit earlier in the season.
Seed Prep - Strawberry seeds will germinate better if they are chilled in your freezer or refrigerator for 3-4 weeks prior to planting.
Planting - Once seeds have received their chill period, start them indoors 8 weeks before the last frost in your area. The seeds should germinate in about 2-3 weeks, but could take a little longer. Strawberry seeds are tiny and should be sown on the soil surface.
All of the Berried Treasure varieties perform similarly, however, there are some differences. White flowers are typical for strawberries and are therefore the easiest plants to develop, with pink not far behind. Red flowers, however, are a much more difficult color to develop. While all of the Berried Treasure plants grow well and set fruit prolifically, we have noted that Berried Treasure Red does tend to be slower to germinate. The key to successful germination is to keep the humidity high during the whole germination period. If you are growing all three colors, expect the red to take longer and be sure to keep the humidity high until all of the seedlings are growing well.
Thinning - If the seedlings are crowded, you may want to thin them to allow more robust growth of the remaining seedlings.
Transplant - Plant the seedlings outdoors about 3 weeks after the threat of frost is past. If you live where frost isn't a concern, that will be about 11 weeks after planting the seeds. Plant 3 or more seedlings per container, depending on container size. In the landscape, plants should be spaced 18-24" apart. Rows should be about 36" apart.
Grow your strawberries in at least 6 hours of direct sun a day. More sun is desirable and will help produce a bumper crop of fruit.
The plants should be kept evenly moist and fed regularly for the best results.Berried Treasure® Red Fragaria ananassa 'Summer Breeze Rose'
Laura Kinkade, California, United States, 6 hours ago
I winter sowed the berried treasure strawberries and none of them grew. I have grown strawberries from seed before using the same winter sowing method. I’d rather buy this kind grown in their pots already. Very disappointing and overpriced.Alvaro, Maryland, United States, 12 hours ago
I purchased the 3 seed varieties, stuck them in the freezer, and excitedly sat down to plant. I was sad to see i had frozen dust particles that didn't look like seeds. I still tried regardless and had 2 cells germinate. I contacted PW customer service after seeing an email they sent to customers that there could be a potential issue with people receiving damaged seeds. PW had used the wrong mailing envelope, and immediately resent the seeds in the correct envelope. I found the customer service rep to be extremely helpful and quick to make it right. The second batch went into the freezer and I tried again. I had 90% cell germination of each variety and the plants are 4" tall, coming along nicely. Waiting for threat of frost to pass for planting!AJ, West Virginia, United States, 6 days ago
First time sowing these, had 25% germination rate on red. Hoping these two grow healthy and strong through the season!Mara, Iowa, United States, 1 week ago
Very poor germination for the Red and White Berried Treasure. I am very experienced with sowing seeds. Even with allowing them to be in the freezer for four weeks as suggested only 1 out of 30 seeds germinated. Super disappointingLaura Saunders, Texas, United States, 1 week ago
I bought three packs and only one single seed germinated. I'm a seasoned gardener. This was not user error. I've contacted the company through Facebook and email. They have yet to do anything to make this right. Very disappointed.Ariel, 3 weeks ago
I bought all the berry treasure seeds very disappointed. More dust than seeds. For the price you would expect 15 pristine seeds.Jackie Potter, Ohio, United States, 9 weeks ago
adina berkner, Pennsylvania, United States, 27 weeks ago
This is my second year growing this plant and love it! Pretty flowers and lots of tasty strawberriesJennifer Winship, British Columbia, Canada, 1 year ago
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