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North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley

North FL Research & Education Center- Suwannee Valley


Florida strawberries can be planted in home gardens beginning in the fall and enjoyed through the winter and spring. Currently 'Camarosa,' 'Sweet Sensation®,' and 'Festival' varieties are recommended for Florida home gardens. All varieties produce berries for fresh eating or freezing. 'Camarosa' is best for North Florida, 'Festival' for Central.

Growing strawberries requires temperatures between 50°F–80°F and less than 14 hours of daylight for the strawberries to flower and produce fruit. In Florida, these conditions occur throughout the fall, winter, and spring.

Strawberries in Florida are planted in September to early November, and flowering and fruit continue through April or May. Fruit set will not be constant, but will have two or three cycles, and can be interrupted by freezes.