Looking for a bumper crop of shiny red strawberries that grow on cold-hardy plants? It’s time to try Honeoye strawberries!
The Honeoye Strawberry is a June-bearing garden strawberry cultivar known for its very large, bright red strawberries. These plants produce a large crop over a 3-4 week period, which typically occurs from mid-June to early July. Honeoye Strawberry plants tend to grow vigorous runners after the berry crop ripens. Honeoye Strawberries were bred in Geneva, New York and tend to produce quite well in cold climates. These self-pollinating plants are easy to grow and a joy to have in the garden.
Read on to learn all about Honeoye strawberries!
Honeoye Strawberry: The Basics
Honeoye strawberry plants are actually one of the top varieties of strawberries and have been for over 30 years. They are considered to be a “June-bearing Strawberry.” They were developed by the Cornell Research Station in Geneva, New York in 1979, as a cross between ‘Vibrant’ and ‘Holiday’ strawberries. The Honeoye strawberry is unique because they have an unusual level of winter hardiness for such a productive strawberry plant.
The Honeoye breed of strawberry plant also has high productivity and produces a large amount of fruit each season. The berries from this plant have a great appearance and color. They’re firm, large, and sweet berries. They produce a lot of fruit over a long season and they’re easy to harvest. If you love snacking on berries all year long, this could be the perfect type for you!
This variety of strawberry is a consistent berry producer. It’s considered a mid-season berry. These berries are great for freezing and storing that way as well. Many gardeners who choose the Honeoye variety to grow in their gardens feel that this particular breed is one of the very best. It is excellent for picking and eating fresh out of the garden.
The berries are large, firm, and delicious and they grow best in growing zones 3 to 8. This covers mostly the Northern United States. However, this particular strawberry thrives in the Northeastern and upper Midwestern United States. The berries taste best as they are allowed to ripen in moderate conditions.
What Do Honeoye Strawberries Taste Like?
Honeoye strawberries, when fully ripened, taste like the fresh, homegrown strawberry you might imagine – full of that characteristic strawberry taste and aroma. It has a classic “homegrown strawberry” flavor. They are sweet, juicy, and firm. This variety of strawberry will get its best flavor when grown in raised beds or lighter soils. It is recommended by gardeners as a type of strawberry with a strong, sweet, berry flavor.
Honeoye strawberries are a classic type of strawberry. They are cone-shaped berries and can be used for a variety of things such as jams, preserves, pies, or in baked goods. Honeoye strawberries have a firm texture and tend to be bright red and glossy in appearance. The generous harvests of this plant allows gardeners to store and use a large number of strawberries.
How To Grow Honeoye Strawberries
When you want to plant Honeoye strawberries, you should make sure to prepare the berry beds early in the spring, or in the fall of the previous year. You’ll want to take control of the weeds and keep the weeds controlled as you grow and care for your Honeoye plant.
Make sure you’re planting the strawberries in a spot that gets at least a bit of sunlight. Unlike some other varieties of strawberries, this breed doesn’t require full sunlight. Full sun or even just partial sunlight will be fine for Honeoye.
You’ll typically get the optimum or best flavor out of your Honeoye berries if they are grown in medium to light soil. This type of strawberry plant actually has little to no soil disease resistance, so gardeners need to take care to keep the plant healthy. The soil should be well-drained and light. This will also help to keep the Honeoye plants healthy and reduce the chance of disease.
The berry plants should be planted at least a foot apart and in rows that are 4 feet apart. This will allow for proper spreading of the plant to occur. The crown of the plant should be at the level of the soil. Be careful not to bury the crown as this can cause problems with growth.
You shouldn’t expect any harvest in the first year, but in the second year, you should start seeing big red berries begin to appear. The plants will continue to produce quite a generous harvest for the next four to five years.
This plant should not be planted where peppers, okra, eggplant, potatoes, or tomatoes were planted the year before. These plants are sometimes attacked by a type of disease that can also attack strawberries. You should also make sure that the roots are spread apart when you plant the Honeoye. This will allow the plant to spread faster. Removing blossoms early on can have the same effect.
When Do Honeoye Strawberries Ripen?
Honeoye strawberries are also known as “June-bearing Strawberries” and for good reason. As the name implies, Honeoye strawberries will ripen in June. The berries from this plant are usually firm, large, and bright red.
The berries are perfect for eating fresh out of the garden. They are also considered to be midseason berries. They ripen in the early midseason. They can even retain their red color and their flavor if they’re frozen when they’re fully ripe.
Tips for Harvesting Honeoye Strawberries
Harvest your ripe Honeoye strawberries in the morning while they are still cool. Naturally, the berries should be fully formed and colored. You should only pick the berries when they are fully red in color (with no white or pink spots).
Make sure you only choose strawberries that are fully ripened because once they’ve been picked off the plant, they won’t get any riper.
When you’re picking or harvesting the fruit, you should carefully pull the strawberries from the plants. You should snap the stem about half an inch above the ripe berry. You’ll want to leave a bit of the stem on each strawberry as you remove it.
You’ll want to make sure you’re careful when you’re picking the strawberries and not overload the container because they bruise easily and you don’t want to crush the fruit at the bottom. You should refrigerate the berries immediately after harvesting to preserve them for as long as possible.