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Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants (Bundle of Approximately 25)

Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants (Bundle of Approximately 25)

One of America's Most Popular Everbearing Varieties

  • Everbearer Day Neutral
  • One of America’s most popular everbearing varieties.
  • Ozark produces sweet, full-flavored, wedge-shaped fruit, excellent for preserves or freezing.
  • Very hardy, producing heavy yields from summer through fall.
  • Non-GMO plants

Strawberry Ozark Plant - A Delicious Garden Delight

The Strawberry Ozark plant, scientifically known as Fragaria × ananassa 'Ozark Beauty,' is a popular and highly regarded cultivar among strawberry enthusiasts. With its sweet, juicy berries and hardy growth habits, the Strawberry Ozark plant has become a favorite choice for home gardeners and commercial growers alike. In this article, we will delve into the various aspects of this remarkable plant, from its history and characteristics to its cultivation and care.

Origin and History

The Strawberry Ozark plant traces its roots back to the United States, particularly to the Ozark region of Missouri. It is believed to have been developed by local farmers and breeders who sought to create a strawberry variety that could thrive in the region's diverse climate. Over time, it gained recognition for its adaptability, delicious flavor, and ability to withstand various weather conditions.

Characteristics

The Strawberry Ozark plant boasts a unique set of characteristics that make it stand out among other strawberry varieties:

  1. Fruit: The most distinguishing feature of the Ozark Beauty strawberry is its vibrant, medium-sized fruit. These berries are typically heart-shaped, with a glossy, deep red exterior and a juicy, sweet interior. They have a delightful, well-balanced flavor that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness.

  2. Plant Growth: Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are known for their vigorous and upright growth habits. They produce numerous runners, which are long stems that allow the plant to propagate and spread. This vigorous growth makes them an excellent choice for ground cover or container gardening.

  3. Hardiness: One of the primary reasons for the Strawberry Ozark plant's popularity is its remarkable hardiness. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures, making it suitable for both colder and milder climates. This adaptability ensures a consistent yield of strawberries throughout the growing season.

  4. Disease Resistance: The Strawberry Ozark plant exhibits good resistance to common strawberry diseases, including powdery mildew and leaf spot. This makes it a low-maintenance option for growers who want to minimize the use of pesticides and fungicides.

Cultivation and Care

Cultivating the Strawberry Ozark plant in your garden is a rewarding experience. Here are some essential guidelines for successfully growing and caring for these delicious strawberries:

  1. Planting: Choose a sunny location in your garden with well-draining soil. Space the strawberry plants about 12-18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.

  2. Soil Preparation: Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, to improve fertility and drainage. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH (around 6.0 to 6.5).

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  4. Fertilization: Fertilize your Strawberry Ozark plants with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring and again after the first harvest. Follow the recommended dosage on the product label.

  5. Pruning: Regularly remove runners and any damaged or diseased foliage to encourage healthy growth and better fruit production.

  6. Harvesting: Strawberries are typically ready for harvest in late spring to early summer. Pick them when they are fully ripe and red, as they do not continue to ripen once picked.

The Strawberry Ozark plant, with its delectable berries, resilient nature, and ease of cultivation, is a must-have addition to any home garden or commercial strawberry operation. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, you can enjoy the sweet rewards of this remarkable strawberry variety. By following proper care and cultivation practices, you'll be able to savor the delicious flavor of Ozark Beauty strawberries year after year.

For more information, please enjoy our Growing Guide for planting and growing strawberries.

For more information on growing BIG strawberries organically, see our guide.

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Description

  • Everbearer Day Neutral
  • One of America’s most popular everbearing varieties.
  • Ozark produces sweet, full-flavored, wedge-shaped fruit, excellent for preserves or freezing.
  • Very hardy, producing heavy yields from summer through fall.
  • Non-GMO plants

Strawberry Ozark Plant - A Delicious Garden Delight

The Strawberry Ozark plant, scientifically known as Fragaria × ananassa 'Ozark Beauty,' is a popular and highly regarded cultivar among strawberry enthusiasts. With its sweet, juicy berries and hardy growth habits, the Strawberry Ozark plant has become a favorite choice for home gardeners and commercial growers alike. In this article, we will delve into the various aspects of this remarkable plant, from its history and characteristics to its cultivation and care.

Origin and History

The Strawberry Ozark plant traces its roots back to the United States, particularly to the Ozark region of Missouri. It is believed to have been developed by local farmers and breeders who sought to create a strawberry variety that could thrive in the region's diverse climate. Over time, it gained recognition for its adaptability, delicious flavor, and ability to withstand various weather conditions.

Characteristics

The Strawberry Ozark plant boasts a unique set of characteristics that make it stand out among other strawberry varieties:

  1. Fruit: The most distinguishing feature of the Ozark Beauty strawberry is its vibrant, medium-sized fruit. These berries are typically heart-shaped, with a glossy, deep red exterior and a juicy, sweet interior. They have a delightful, well-balanced flavor that strikes the perfect balance between sweetness and tartness.

  2. Plant Growth: Ozark Beauty strawberry plants are known for their vigorous and upright growth habits. They produce numerous runners, which are long stems that allow the plant to propagate and spread. This vigorous growth makes them an excellent choice for ground cover or container gardening.

  3. Hardiness: One of the primary reasons for the Strawberry Ozark plant's popularity is its remarkable hardiness. It can withstand a wide range of temperatures, making it suitable for both colder and milder climates. This adaptability ensures a consistent yield of strawberries throughout the growing season.

  4. Disease Resistance: The Strawberry Ozark plant exhibits good resistance to common strawberry diseases, including powdery mildew and leaf spot. This makes it a low-maintenance option for growers who want to minimize the use of pesticides and fungicides.

Cultivation and Care

Cultivating the Strawberry Ozark plant in your garden is a rewarding experience. Here are some essential guidelines for successfully growing and caring for these delicious strawberries:

  1. Planting: Choose a sunny location in your garden with well-draining soil. Space the strawberry plants about 12-18 inches apart to allow for proper air circulation.

  2. Soil Preparation: Before planting, amend the soil with organic matter, such as compost, to improve fertility and drainage. Aim for a slightly acidic to neutral soil pH (around 6.0 to 6.5).

  3. Watering: Keep the soil consistently moist, but avoid overwatering, which can lead to root rot. Mulching around the plants can help retain moisture and suppress weeds.

  4. Fertilization: Fertilize your Strawberry Ozark plants with a balanced, slow-release fertilizer in early spring and again after the first harvest. Follow the recommended dosage on the product label.

  5. Pruning: Regularly remove runners and any damaged or diseased foliage to encourage healthy growth and better fruit production.

  6. Harvesting: Strawberries are typically ready for harvest in late spring to early summer. Pick them when they are fully ripe and red, as they do not continue to ripen once picked.

The Strawberry Ozark plant, with its delectable berries, resilient nature, and ease of cultivation, is a must-have addition to any home garden or commercial strawberry operation. Whether you're a seasoned gardener or a beginner, you can enjoy the sweet rewards of this remarkable strawberry variety. By following proper care and cultivation practices, you'll be able to savor the delicious flavor of Ozark Beauty strawberries year after year.

For more information, please enjoy our Growing Guide for planting and growing strawberries.

For more information on growing BIG strawberries organically, see our guide.

About Strawberries: Strawberries are extremely adaptable and are grown in every state in the U.S. Plants generally grow 6-8" tall and 12" across, are shallow-rooted, and benefit from mulch such as straw, pine needles, or plastic. Prefer a soil rich in all the basic nutrients with a pH of 6 to 6.5. Susceptible to root rot and must be planted in well-drained soil, with crown set at soil level. Yield under the best of conditions is about one basket per plant per season.

June Bearers generally produce a single large crop in spring to early summer (as early as March in warmer regions) and are prolific producers for 3 to 4 weeks. Pick the blossoms off June bearers the first year to boost production the second year.

Everbearers are not as prolific as June bearers but are especially suitable for growers who wish to harvest a constant supply of berries throughout the summer. Plant some of both to have a large harvest to preserve, and plenty to eat all summer!

Full Box Quantities The plant count of a full box is 1,500. These ship directly from the supplier.

Shipping Information

Ships from Northern CA.

Cannot ship to the following states: HI, AK, PR, GU, VI

Cannot ship via SmartPost.

Shipping Weight: 1.75 lb

Dimensions: 6.0"L x 3.0"W x 3.0"H

Features

  • Container Compatible
  • Good for Beginners
  • Long-Lived
  • Plant Spreads
  • Self-fruitful
  • Thornless

Characteristics

Approximate Harvest Time : Early Fall
Approximate Harvest Time : Early Summer
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Spring
Approximate Harvest Time : Late Summer
Plant Quantity : Bundle
Planting Time : Spring
Planting Time : Winter
Strawberry Fruiting : Everbearers
Time to Fruit Production : 1 Year

Planting & Care

Useful Information

Guarantee

Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee

* Claim deadline is June 15th

We guarantee that your dormant tree or plant will arrive in good, viable condition. If your tree arrives in substandard condition, notify us within 3 days of delivery. Please email pictures of the box, inside packaging, the tree and its roots to helpdesk@groworganic.com.  We will investigate your claim and process a request to exchange or refund the damaged product.

If your dormant tree or plant has not grown new leaves by June 15th, you may be eligible for our Limited Dormant Tree & Plant Guarantee. This guarantee provides for a store credit for the purchase price of the tree, excluding shipping. Please see the Instructions below.

Important Dates:

  • April 1st Dormant trees/plants must be planted in the ground
  • May 15th Perform scratch test, if no new leaves have grown
  • June 15th Deadline to apply for a dormant tree/plant credit

All required documentation must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. Claims or documentation received after June 15th will be denied, without exception. Instructions listed below

Terms and Conditions

We cannot guarantee that your tree or plant will remain alive and healthy after it is received, or bear fruit as there are too many variables in your environment that are beyond our control (i.e. soil preparation, weed and pest control, proper irrigation, chill hours, compatible hardiness for your growing zone, proper choice of pollinator, extreme weather, rodent damage, disease, etc.). 

We cannot guarantee that we will be able to provide a replacement tree/plant of the same species either that same growing season or in future years. Customers are responsible for all shipping fees associated with replacement trees and plants. 

If we determine that the tree you purchased directly from us is not viable, we will issue you a store credit (not a refund) for the purchase price of the affected dormant tree or plant. Shipping is not included in the dormant tree/plant guarantee. Store credits can be used to purchase any product we sell and are valid for use only until July 1st of the following year.

Historically, 98% of our dormant trees and plants grow and thrive when they have been cared for and planted using our growing guides. Dormant trees and plants must be planted in the ground by April 1st in order to be eligible for credit. If the ground in your area is still frozen solid, you may temporarily plant your tree or plant in a pot. 

Potted, non-dormant trees or plants are excluded from this guarantee as they are not dormant at the time of shipment. Evergreen trees such as citrus, avocado and olive trees are not available for credit under the Dormant Tree and Plant Guarantee. 

Instructions

We guarantee that your dormant fruit tree or plant will leaf out, if you care for it according to our growing guides. In the unlikely event that your dormant tree or plant does not have leaves by May 15th, follow these simple steps to apply for a store credit:

Before you call or email, please perform a “scratch test” to determine if the tree or plant is still alive. This video shows how to check for live tissue under the bark. Scratch tests need to be done a few inches above and below the graft. 

Green Cambium Layer / Living Trees

If the cambium layer under the bark is green, give your tree a little more time. It is still alive, but hasn’t come out of dormancy yet. Check to make sure that it is getting the right amount of deep root water, enough sunlight and that the weather is warm enough for that type of tree/plant to come out of dormancy. Every tree has its own personality and will come out of dormancy at different times. Be sure to submit the required documentation listed below by June 15th, if it doesn’t grow leaves.

Brown Cambium Layer / Dead Trees

If the scratch test shows a brown cambium layer or if your dormant tree/plant doesn’t have leaves by June 1st, please email us at helpdesk@groworganic.com. All required documentation listed below must be received by June 15th for your claim to be considered. To be considered for the guarantee claim, all required documentation must be received by June 15th.  Incomplete submissions will be denied.

Required Documentation

  1. Order number
  2. Name of dormant tree/plant and the quantity affected
  3. Photos of each tree or plant showing: 
    1. The roots (tree or plant must be pulled out of the ground)
    2. The scratch test areas
    3. The entire tree/plant

We reserve the right to not issue credit for items that have already been replaced. We also reserve the right to require photographic evidence that the tree/plant was not killed by root rot, rodent or mechanical damage.

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