When it comes to coloration and flavor--these strawberries truly do sparkle. The Sparkle Strawberry (Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle') is a fantastic June-bearing strawberry that thrives in cold climates and produces a hefty yield of flavorful berries. Whether you love making strawberry preserves or you're looking for the perfect garnish for a glass of champagne, this delightful strawberry will make your eyes sparkle.
If you have a soft spot for reliable producers, the Sparkle Strawberry is a great choice. This heirloom variety has been a favorite strawberry variety for over 60 years and has a long fruiting period from June into fall.
With a firm flesh and taste-bud pleasing sweetness with a wink of tartness, the Sparkle Strawberry is ideal for strawberry lovers of every age. Sparkle Strawberries have pointed tips and a glinting shine. These medium-sized berries ripen to a Corvette-red coloration (or dark crimson for the non-car lover). They get consumed as quickly as a Corvette can go from 0-to-60, too. Most people agree that this strawberry tastes like the quintessential flavor you want from homegrown strawberries.
The Sparkle Strawberry's firm flesh is also a great characteristic that can be difficult to find in more recently developed varieties. While firm flesh may seem insignificant, this quality makes for amazing jam, freezing, and slicing. A firmer skin leads to a longer shelf life, as well.
If you really want to get adventurous, we suggest you make the most of the Sparkle Strawberry's abundant production numbers and try making green strawberry pickles, green strawberry sorbet, or adding a few thinly sliced green strawberries to add acid and tartness to your mango salsa. Want to keep it a little safer? Strawberry crepes, muffins, or pancakes will do the trick! No matter how you prepare them, Sparkle strawberries are tasty fresh, frozen, or cooked.
Sparkle Strawberry plants are excellent for new gardeners and small green-thumbs. They're extremely low maintenance and produce an ample amount of sweet glowing red strawberries that become ripe in June. Not only do beginner gardeners love how easy it is to plant and care for these bright berries, but they come back year after year while sending out runners. How many runners can you expect from this energetic plant? Don't worry. Sparkle Strawberries do not fill in as thickly as many other strawberry plants. They have a great balance of replication to keep your strawberry patch full and healthy without creating a never-ending chore of tracking down runners to remove or relocate.
While these vigorous plants produce ample fruit, they are also attractive in their own right. Sparkle Strawberry plants grow taller and bushier than other strawberries. This creates a lush and full garden appearance. Their incised shiny green foliage also blushes to a vibrant red in fall.
Pollinating bees will love your Sparkle Strawberry's blooms almost as much as you adore its vivid berries. These pure white blooms with fuzzy yellow centers pop out and add spring charm to the garden.
While the Sparkle Strawberry makes a striking and productive addition to your veggies garden or as a charming strawberry patch, this variety also offers a wide variety of landscaping uses.
Sparkle Strawberry plants make for an unbeatable edible border or groundcover. Their dark shiny leaves and bright berries are a sight to behold on an embankment or spilling over a retaining wall. These peppy plants are also ideal to fill in bare areas throughout your foundation planting.
Of course, you can keep it in the box and plant your strawberries in uniform rows to make harvesting them easier.
Sparkle Strawberries are a great way to get your hands dirty for the first time. They thrive well in a wide variety of conditions and soils. They do produce better and perform best in soil that drains rapidly. They also love full sun with even water application during fruit production.
Adding a layer of straw around your strawberries will help protect them through winter.
Sparkle Strawberries are a true gem of the garden. They shine bright and produce ripe, bright, and well-balanced berries. Don't miss your chance to sparkle. Order your Sparkle Strawberry plants in time to enjoy a summer harvest.
Nature Hills sells a large variety of plants with several options available. Plants are offered in both potted containers and as dormant bare root without soil. Here is a helpful resource to understand your options as you create a beautiful landscape with help from Nature Hills.
Ever wonder what a larger plant will mean for your landscape? Container Sizes are really all about the age of the plant!
Seasonally, Nature Hills offers hand selected, high quality bare root trees, shrubs and perennials. Bare root plants are sold by height from the top of the root system to the top of the plant. Plants may be taller than the height minimums.
Keep in mind, specific varieties and different growing conditions can affect the rate at which plants grow. Variations in size may occur.
|Young Plants to 18 Months|
|2"x2"x3"||Ranges from||.18 to .21 dry quarts / .198 to .23 dry liters in volume|
|4.5" Container||Equal to||.65 dry quart / .72 dry liter in volume|
|Sprinter Pot||Equal to||.63 dry quart / .69 dry liter in volume|
|4" Container||Ranges from||.31 to .87 / .35 to .96 dry liter in volume|
|6" Container||Equal to||1.4 dry quarts / 1.59 dry liters in volume|
|1 Quart||Equal to||1 dry quart / 1.1 dry liter in volume|
|5.5" Container||Equal to||1.89 of a dry quart / 2.08 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x5"||Ranges from||.8 to 1.1 dry quarts / .88 to 1.2 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x6"||Ranges from||1.0 to 1.3 dry quarts / 1.1 to 1.41 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x9"||Ranges from||1.1 to 2.1 dry quarts / 1.2 to 2.3 dry liters in volume|
|4"x4"x10"||Ranges from||1.7 to 2.3 dry quart / 1.87 to 2.53 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 18 Months - 2.5 Years Old|
|2 Quart||Equal to||2 dry quarts / 2.2 dry liters in volume|
|#1 Container||Ranges from||2.26 to 3.73 dry quarts / 2.49 to 4.11 dry liters in volume|
|5"x5"x12"||Equal to||3.5 to 4.3 dry quarts / 3.85 to 4.74 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 2 - 4 Years Old|
|#2 Container||Ranges from||1.19 to 1.76 dry gallons / 5.24 to 7.75 dry liters in volume|
|#3 Container||Ranges from||2.32 to 2.76 dry gallons / 10.22 to 12.16 dry liters in volume|
|Plants 3 - 5 Years Old|
|#5 Container||Ranges from||2.92 to 4.62 dry gallons / 12.86 to 20.35 dry liters in volume|
|#7 Container||Ranges from||5.98 to 6.08 dry gallons / 26.34 to 26.78 dry liters in volume|
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|Brand||Nature Hills' Choice|
|Botanical Name||Fragaria x ananassa 'Sparkle'|
|Mature Height||6 - 12 inches|
|Mature Spread||10 - 14 inches|
|Sun Exposure||Full Sun|
|Pruning Time||Early Spring|