This highly desirable gourmet strawberry was developed by a French hybridizer whose dream was to produce an everbearing strawberry with the most delicious flavor and fragrance. Our trial gardens last year were a testimonial to his success. ‘Mara des Bois’ berries have the taste of wild strawberries but are larger in size. These plants are prolific in their fruiting habit producing berries from summer through fall. They also send out many young “runner” plants that will bear fruit the following season. If you’re looking for an aromatic, sweet berry to grow in your home garden, we highly recommend ‘Mara des Bois.’
|Hardiness Zone||5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10|
|Bloom Season||Spring, Summer|
|Sun Requirement||Full Sun|
|Plant Type||Fragrant, Hardy Garden Plant|
What a Pleasure! Review by ConsiderThis
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I'd ordered strawberries from Parks, Burpee, American Meadows... and they all died. Sigh. I'm glad I tried One More Time.
These arrived as little plants, each in its own small pot. After letting them rest from shipping I transplanted into outdoor pots, and hoped. They took awhile to get going, but once they did I had strawberries every day. Nice sized strawberries, and So Good.
A plus is that mason bees were attracted to the soil around the strawberries. No idea why. I have lots of pots of plants on my deck, so the bees had a variety to choose from, and consistently chose the strawberry pots. There was a point when I wondered if there was room in them for even one more bee egg.
Come the cold nights of fall, prior to snow, I brought the pots in, worrying about any bees that were expected to hatch come spring. Inside, under Taotronic LED lights the plants produced lots more flowers, and berries ripened, but more slowly than they had outside in the sun and full summer warmth. Then, a bee flew across the living room, to the kitchen.
It's a plasterer bee. It's grown significantly since I got it alyssum, but the alyssum may have had Heritage fungicide used on it at the nursery. That's not good for small mammals, fish (except rainbow trout, they say) and presumably bees. Syngenta is the company that wanted the EPA to raise levels of things said to kill bees... If you have mildew problems, Regalian is made from Giant Knotweed and is not toxic to bees.
So, the bee has grown... but it doesn't fly. So I'm not sure if early use of a mildew fungicide on the alyssum has stunted the bee's wing growth.
I enjoy seeing the bee on the alyssum. Maybe when it's larger it will be able to fly.
Overall, what a complete pleasure these strawberries are!!!!!
(Posted on 11/16/2014)