Strawberry Marshmellow (Fragaria x ananassa)

Updated: Apr 25, 2021


Plant Name: StrawberryLatin Name: Fragaria x ananassaVariety: MarshmelloGermination: 7 – 14 daysPlanting : MID-SEASONHarvesting: MID-SEASONDistance:12 inchesSowing: This is a versatile cropper, having a wider range of areas and soils that may be used while still maintaining a healthy and heavy yield. The berries are soft and sweet, with a rich flavour and a bright, glossy colour. To encourage flowering and fruit set, feed your strawberry plants with tomato fertiliser (follow the pack instructions) and water regularly. Avoid wetting any of ripening fruits to prevent grey mould. Tuck some straw around the plants just before the fruit starts to develop. This helps to keep the berries clean and deters slugs and snails. After three to four years, fruit size and quality declines so you will need to replace your plants with new stock. To encourage strong growth for next year’s crop, after fruiting finishes, cut off foliage about 5 cm above ground level and give plants a good feed with a general-purpose fertiliser (again, follow the instructions on the pack). Tuck some straw around the plants just before the fruit starts to develop. This helps to keep the berries clean and deters slugs and snails. Strawberry ‘Marshmello’ is a mid-season variety and a versatile cropper, having a wider range of areas and soils that may be used while still maintaining a healthy and heavy yield. The berries are soft and sweet, with a rich flavour and a bright, glossy colour.How to Harvest: Once strawberries have been picked, the ripening process stops. So, wait until the berries are fully red before harvesting. Simply pinch through the stalks with your finger and thumb to avoid bruising the fruit. As strawberries are perishable, it’s best to eat them straight from the plant, ideally still warm from the sun. You can store unwashed fruit for a few days in the fridge. If you’re lucky enough to have a glut, whizz them into delicious smoothies or use to make jam. Some varieties are suitable for freezing.

Cooking & Seasoning


Strawberries can be eaten in a number of ways: alone, with cream, and as ingredients in a smoothies, cakes and other desserts. Damp strawberries will quickly go mouldy, so only wash what you can eat and blot them dry on kitchen paper.

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