You can find June-bearing cultivars adapted to northern climates in many nursery catalogs. Some cultivars perform better than others, but it is difficult to predict which will grow best in a particular garden.
Cultivars differ in flavor, disease resistance, cold tolerance, when they ripen, and suitability for frozen storage. Perhaps the best way to decide which cul-tivars to grow is to find out what works well for your neighbors or local commercial growers. Then try several promising cultivars before planting a large area.
June-bearing strawberry cultivars are reliably winter hardy throughout New York (as cold as USDA Hardiness Zone 3), provided they are properly managed and mulched. Some cultivars that perform well include:
All these cultivars are cold hardy, yield well, and produce firm fruit with good freezing quality. Allstar, Cavendish, and Jewel produce exceptionally large fruits.
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