How are the heights measured?
All tree, and nothin' but the tree! We measure from the top of the soil to the top of the tree; the height of the container or the root system is never included in our measurements.
What is a gallon container?
Nursery containers come in a variety of different sizes, and old-school nursery slang has stuck. While the industry-standard terminology is to call the sizes "Gallon Containers", that doesn't exactly translate to the traditional liquid "gallon" size we think of. You'll find we carry young 1-gallons, up to more mature 7-gallons ranging anywhere from 6 inches to 6ft.
How does the delivery process work?
All of our orders ship via FedEx Ground! Once your order is placed online, our magic elves get right to work picking, staging, boxing and shipping your trees. Orders typically ship out within 2 business days. You will receive email notifications along the way on the progress of your order, as well as tracking information to track your plants all the way to their new home!
Why are some states excluded from shipping?
The short & sweet answer is: "United States Department of Agriculture Restrictions." Every state has their own unique USDA restrictions on which plants they allow to come into their state. While we wish we could serve everyone, it's for the safety of native species and helps prevent the spread of invasive disease & pests. We've gotta protect good ole' Mother Nature, after all.
The Rosy Belle™ Strawberry is a new variety of strawberry in the Bushel & Berry® range of fruit bushes for home gardeners. It produces beautiful pink blooms that are worth growing just for their ornamental value, and of course it grows delicious red strawberries too. This everbearing variety carries flowers and fruit from June to September, with new berries ripening nearly every day. These spill over in cascading clusters, making this plant ideal for growing in pots, planters, window boxes or hanging baskets. It can also be grown in garden beds as a fruiting ornamental plant.
- Delicious strawberries from June to September
- Beautiful pink flowers with great ornamental value
- Perfect for the garden, boxes or hanging baskets
- A continuous supply of fragrant berries all summer long
- Easily grown by anyone
Full sun is best for the Rosy Belle™ Strawberry, and it should be planted in rich, well-drained soil that is not dry. For pots use regular houseplant or outdoor plant potting soils, and feed regularly with liquid tomato fertilizer. This plant is usually free of serious pests or diseases, but any minor problems can be controlled with our non-toxic Neem Oil spray. Save a few of the baby plants produced on long runners to replace your plants once they have fruited for a few years.
- Plant Hardiness Zones 6-9
- Mature Width 1-1.5
- Mature Height .5-.75
- Sun Needs Full Sun
Nothing beats eating fresh fruit from your garden, but not everyone has space for fruit trees, or even for fruit bushes. If that sounds like you – or if you just adore fruit and want more – then strawberries are the way to go. These are compact plants that need little room, and they can be grown right among your flowering plants. For beauty and delicious fruit, we recommend the Rosy Belle™ Strawberry. This ever-fruiting variety carries berries from June to September, so when you need some fruit – there it is. With its trailing clusters of fruits it is perfect for pots and window boxes, and perfect for hanging baskets. There is always room for it, even in the smallest garden, and it’s not just the fragrant red fruit you grow it for, because the pink flowers are beautiful, making this plant worth growing just for flowering beauty.
Growing the Bushel & Berry® Rosy Belle™ Strawberry
Size and Appearance
The Rosy Belle™ Strawberry is a perennial herbaceous plant that grows as a clump of leaves rising from a compact base, the ‘crown’, at ground level. Each leaf rises on a long stalk to a height of about 6 inches above the ground, then divides into three leaflets. These are oval, with a short pointed tip and an edge that is cut into a coarse saw-tooth look. Each leaflet is 2 to 3 inches long, with prominent veins and a deep-green color, lighter on the underside. By late May long flowering stalks will have risen from the base as well, which divide into two or three stems, and keep dividing to create an open cluster of many flower buds. These open into flowers that are almost an inch across, with 5 broad petals and a golden center of stamens. The petals are pink, not white as strawberry flowers usually are, so the flowers make a great showing in the garden or in pots.
Each flower develops into a fruit, which quickly grows into a bright red strawberry which is entirely red, without the white ‘shoulders’ seen in some varieties. They have that delicious strawberry fragrance, and a sweet, delicious flavor. As fast as the first flower clusters mature into strawberries, more are produced in this everbearing variety, and fruit continues to develop all the way into September. Your plants will never be without ripe or developing fruit.
As well as flower clusters, strawberry plants produce long stems from their crown, which produce a cluster of leaves at the end, a baby plant. These ‘runners’ continue to grow, producing more young plants. To maximize fruit production it is best to remove runners as they develop, but you can also peg them to the ground, or the top of a pot of soil, and grow new plants to increase your supply of plants.
Using the Bushel & Berry® Rosy Belle™ Strawberry in Your Garden
You can grow the Rosy Belle Strawberry directly in your garden beds, spreading some straw or dry leaves over the soil to protect the fruit from contacting the ground. This variety is also ideal for growing where it can spill over an edge, such as a retaining wall, and also for growing in pots, window boxes or hanging baskets. You don’t even need a garden to enjoy strawberries – a balcony or even a window ledge is all it needs.
The Rosy Belle Strawberry is hardy from zone 6 to zone 9, growing best in warmer zones.
Sun Exposure and Soil Conditions
To develop properly and ripen its fruits, the Rosy Belle Strawberry should be grown in full sun, or with no more than an hour or two of shade during each day. The ideal soil is rich and well-drained, with plenty of organic material added. For planters and pots use regular houseplant soil or potting soil for outdoor planters. Plants in containers should be fed regularly with a liquid tomato food, or a similar high potassium fertilizer.
Maintenance and Pruning
Apart from removing excess runners, and flowering clusters once you have picked the last berries, not much care is needed. Water and fertilizer regularly, allowing the soil to dry just a little before watering again. Pests or diseases are unlikely, but any insect pests can be controlled with our Neem Oil Spray, a non-toxic natural pesticide. To maintain maximum production over the years, replace plants that have grown for three summers with new plants grown from the runners.
History and Origin of the Bushel & Berry® Rosy Belle™ Strawberry
The garden strawberry, Fragaria × ananassa, is a hybrid plant, created in France in the 1750s by crossing together the American wild strawberry, Fragaria virginiana, with the from eastern North America and the beach strawberry, Fragaria chiloensis, first found in Chile. This hybrid replaced the wild strawberry for fruit production in gardens. Some strawberries produce just one crop a year, in June, while others, like the Rosy Belle Strawberry, are ‘everbearing’ and continue to flower and fruit all season. Officially known as ‘Frisan’, this plant was produced by crossing two older everbearing varieties together. The breeding was done by ABZ Strawberries, a specialized Dutch breeder of seed-grown F1 strawberry varieties. It was protected in 2014 by European Plant Breeder Rights, and is awaiting approval for a US patent. It is released in America by Star® Roses and Plants as part of their Bushel & Berry® range of fruit bushes for home gardeners, with the trademarked name of Rosy Belle™.
Buying the Bushel & Berry® Rosy Belle™ Strawberry at the Tree Center
Each plant of the Rosy Belle Strawberry is carefully grown from seed to guarantee that it conforms to the original breeding, and every batch of seeds recreates the original cross. Watch strawberries cascade from baskets on your balcony, and pick fresh, sun-ripened berries to pop straight into your mouth. The Bushel & Berry® range is winning a big following with home gardeners, so don’t miss out on the fun and flavor – order now.