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Kent Strawberry

Fragaria 'Kent'

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Kent Strawberry (Fragaria 'Kent') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Fragaria 'Kent' flowers

Fragaria 'Kent' flowers

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Kent Strawberry (Fragaria 'Kent') at Green Haven Garden Centre

Fragaria 'Kent' fruit

Fragaria 'Kent' fruit

(Photo courtesy of NetPS Plant Finder)

Height:  6 inches

Spread:  18 inches

Sunlight:  full sun  partial shade 

Hardiness Zone:  3

Other Names:  Edible Strawberry

Group/Class:  June-Bearing

Description:

Hardy plant with firm red mid-season fruit is vigorous and productive, milder flavor, lighter color and runners don't spread as much as other types; fruit freezes well; drought tolerant, can plant in hanging baskets and containers too

Edible Qualities

Kent Strawberry is a perennial that is typically grown for its edible qualities. It produces large cherry red berries which are usually ready for picking from late spring to early summer. This variety is considered a 'June-bearing' type of strawberry, which means that it produces one big crop of fruit at the same time. The berries have a sweet taste and a firm texture.

The berries are most often used in the following ways:

  • Fresh Eating
  • Baking
  • Preserves

Features & Attributes

Kent Strawberry features dainty white daisy flowers with yellow eyes along the stems in mid spring. Its tomentose round compound leaves remain green in colour throughout the season. It features an abundance of magnificent cherry red berries in mid summer.

This is an open herbaceous perennial with a spreading, ground-hugging habit of growth. Its relatively fine texture sets it apart from other garden plants with less refined foliage. This is a high maintenance plant that will require regular care and upkeep, and should not require much pruning, except when necessary, such as to remove dieback. It is a good choice for attracting birds and bees to your yard, but is not particularly attractive to deer who tend to leave it alone in favor of tastier treats. Gardeners should be aware of the following characteristic(s) that may warrant special consideration;

  • Spreading

Aside from its primary use as an edible, Kent Strawberry is sutiable for the following landscape applications;

  • Border Edging
  • General Garden Use
  • Groundcover
  • Orchard/Edible Landscaping
  • Container Planting

Planting & Growing

Kent Strawberry will grow to be only 6 inches tall at maturity, with a spread of 18 inches. It grows at a fast rate, and under ideal conditions can be expected to live for approximately 10 years. This is a self-pollinating variety, so it doesn't require a second plant nearby to set fruit.

This plant is typically grown in a designated edibles garden. It does best in full sun to partial shade. It does best in average to evenly moist conditions, but will not tolerate standing water. It is particular about its soil conditions, with a strong preference for rich, alkaline soils. It is somewhat tolerant of urban pollution. Consider applying a thick mulch around the root zone in both summer and winter to conserve soil moisture and protect it in exposed locations or colder microclimates. This particular variety is an interspecific hybrid. It can be propagated by division; however, as a cultivated variety, be aware that it may be subject to certain restrictions or prohibitions on propagation.

Kent Strawberry is a good choice for the edible garden, but it is also well-suited for use in outdoor pots and containers. Because of its spreading habit of growth, it is ideally suited for use as a 'spiller' in the 'spiller-thriller-filler' container combination; plant it near the edges where it can spill gracefully over the pot. Note that when growing plants in outdoor containers and baskets, they may require more frequent waterings than they would in the yard or garden. Be aware that in our climate, most plants cannot be expected to survive the winter if left in containers outdoors, and this plant is no exception. Contact our store for more information on how to protect it over the winter months.

Availability

Available in bare root during spring.

 
 
Hardiness Zone Plant Height Minimum Sunlight Soil pH Preference
Characteristics
Edging  Garden  Groundcover  Orchard  Container 
Applications
Flowers  Fruit  Attracts Wildlife 
Ornamental Features