New Hampshire's strawberry season traditionally lasts only four to six weeks, but researchers working on the multi-state TunnelBerries project were picking day-neutral
strawberries in Durham last November.
Aromas is considered a day-neutral
photoperiod plant with uniform and medium-sized fruits.
(sometimes known as "everbearing") strawberries should be planted in early spring and will produce from July through October.
June-bearing varieties bear one crop in early summer; ever-bearing types produce a crop in early summer and one in fall; and day-neutral
varieties ripen in early summer and continue to produce through fall.
A third category that does not react to day length is called day-neutral
If space is limited, stick to day-neutral
plants differ in that they produce a full crop the first season they ire planted.
Seascape strawberries are day-neutral
, meaning they are not sensitive to the length of available daylight to flower.
plants determine flower initiation solely by the genotype and have no specific light requirement.
The lines were derived from day-neutral
selections from crosses of cultivars with day-length sensitive primitive race accessions (Percival, 1987).
A light-insensitive gene from a Rocky Mountain strawberry species was transferred into the new varieties, making them day-neutral
strawberries, also called "ever-bearing" strawberries, flower and fruit when temperatures are between 35 and 85 degrees Fahrenheit.