Description: Toscana is an ornamental strawberry that is great for hanging baskets, patio pots or window boxes. The dark rose blooms can get up to 2 inches across and produce sweet red fruit that can get up to 1 1/2 inches. Another interesting tidbit is that one plant is capable of producing up to 2 lbs of fruit in a growing season! The colorful blossoms along with the delicious fruit make this a multifunctional plant for looks as well as providing a healthy sweet snack as you walk through your garden or along your porch or patio. Toscana was the winner of the Fleuroslelct FleuroStar Award for 2011/12 because of it’s “wow” factor.
How To Grow: Plant in part shade.
Spacing: Plant 12″ apart.
Height: Grows 6″ to 8″ tall.
Outstanding Features: For the best-tasting berry, pick them a day or two after the whole berry turns red. Remove all ripe berries because overripe, rotting fruit will encourage diseases and insects.
Tips: Make sure the plants are well watered for the first two weeks after planting. Soaker hoses or trickle irrigation is best for Strawberries because they keep water off the foliage, which helps prevent problems such as gray mold. If they are in a pot or basket, water them under the foliage to prevent problems. The amount of fertilizer your plants need depends on the fertility of your soil and the health of your plants.