Strawberry, Mara Des Bois
From France, the perfect variety for a container or raised bed.
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- Choose a location with loose, well-drained soil containing plenty of organic matter.
- Strawberries may also be planted in containers or pyramid gardens, as an edging for flower and shrub borders or in matted beds and rows.
- To grow in rows, space strawberry plants 18-24 inches apart in rows 3-5 feet apart. Runners will form new plants and eventually form a solid bed.
Planting Bare Root Plants:
- Soak roots in lukewarm water two hours before planting.
- Trim roots to 3 inches long and pick off any blossoms or dead leaves.
- Using a trowel, open a hole large enough to spread roots out without bunching roots.
- Set plants in the hole so that the crown is level with the surrounding soil line.
- Press soil firmly against roots.
- Water frequently until plants are growing vigorously.
Planting Potted Plants:
- Make sure the root ball is sufficiently moist.
- Carefully unpot the plant.
- Set plants so the crown is level with the surround soil line.
- Back fill the hole with soil and press soil firmly against the root ball.
- Water frequently until plants are growing vigorously.
- Apply a light mulch to keep weeds down, conserve moisture and keep fruit clean.
- After harvest, remove old foliage. Be careful not to injure the crowns.
- Fertilize beds in early summer and again in September with a balanced fertilizer. Do not fertilize if plants are flowering.
- Watering is very important in early summer and September.
- Note that June-bearing plants produce the second year after planting. Cut all runners off during the first year, leave 2-3 runners the second year.
- Winter protection for all strawberry varieties is important in most northern areas. Apply a mulch of straw or other loose organic matter 2-3 inches deep over the plants after the ground freezes but before the temperature drops below 20 degrees F. In spring, pull the mulch back into the rows.
- Pick the fruit as it ripens, when fully red.
- Pick with a short piece of stalk attached.
- Regular picking will help keep the plants fruiting.
- Fruits are best eaten straight off the plants, and may be kept for up to a week in the refrigerator if kept dry. They are also easily frozen, or made into preserves.
Zone4-8SunFull SunHeight12-15 inchesSpread12-24 inchesFruit BearingDay NeutralLife CyclePerennialGenusFragariaOrnamental UseBedsHarvest SeasonSpring-Fall
Strawberry, Mara Des Bois is rated out of 5 by 9.Rated 5 out of 5 by CathyJean from One of the best strawberries I have every tasted!! I planted these along with Albion after a lot of web research. They are a prolific bloomer and so sweet. Going to add more to my garden next year. alone with the Albion strawberry.Date published: 2015-08-25Rated 5 out of 5 by JulieN from Wonderful Bought fifty, grew well, wonderful taste, runners are now going crazy. Fantastic purchase. Had a slight problem with delivery, Burpee customer service went above and beyond to rectify. Couldn't be more pleased.Date published: 2015-06-07Rated 1 out of 5 by 72jld72 from Unreal Don't put this weak variety in a raised bed with a compost mix involved. Three out of twenty six survived. Very disappointed. Guess I can only hope for healthy runners at this point.Date published: 2015-05-15Rated 2 out of 5 by GoodOleCountryBoy from Really Strange Strawberry This is a copy of a Seascape review I just wrote but changed as needed to reflect Mara Des Bois: My first planting ever of strawberries but I have been gardening a LONG time plus hold a Horticultural degree from UCONN. SOOO... I do things by the book the first time around and this is how I planted these berries. I'm in Zone 6A and am able to get into the garden fairly early and prepared my strawberry bed just on time for a late March planting of 50 Seascapes and 50 Mara Des Bois (MDB) starts. I ordered them in February and they arrived March 27, 2014..... in the ground the following day. I have a garden consisting of a fairly clay based soil so I amended the 6' x 30' berry bed heavily with peat and a few old bags of perlite, threw in some lime and a touch of 10-10-10. Mounded up tall, flat top rows for good drainage and planted. I then loaded the valleys between the rows and up to and around the plants with sawdust.......... a lot of sawdust. Wheelbarrow after wheelbarrow as I have access to all I want. The berries took to their new homes immediately and began to grow in April very well. As per "the book".... I clipped all flowers that arrived until June 1...... less a few here and there. The flowers I left produced nice berries and if I were to do it again, I'd let them bloom out mid May. Besides weeding (and I did a lot of it) a little fertilizer is all I added. By late June I was eating a LOT of BIG, gorgeous picture perfect Seascape berries but the MDB were lagging way behind. The first berries dropped or rotted or simply sat there waiting for ???? But, they finally decided to grow........... and they grew runners like weeds. These are HUGE runner producers and it is mandatory to get into the patch every two days and trim them. If you do not, they grow runners and few berries. You will really have to work at these berries and I did. Although I did my due diligence and I got a lot of berries, they are small and their taste is really strange!!! Like strawberry candy....... and I mean like commercial, fake strawberry candy. Sweet beyond pleasant. Everyone who I shared them with agreed, their taste is just wrong. But, they grew out until frost and I picked berries nearly everyday and tossed them in with the Seascapes or enjoyed them out of hand. A worthy berry to try for those who like odd things......... I like odd things but will not grow these again. The WILL be tilled under this spring......... maybe!Date published: 2015-01-21Rated 5 out of 5 by Svitlana from Great flavor This strawberry is very tasty and produces a lot of berries.Date published: 2014-10-22Rated 5 out of 5 by skewley from Best tasting strawberries These plants have been producing strawberries on and off since June and are now producing a pile this September. Best things about these strawberries is the taste. They are succulent and sweet.Date published: 2014-09-05Rated 5 out of 5 by ScubaStan from Amazing Taste and Smell! I'm a convert of the Mara Des Bois Strawberries. They are definitely more finicky to start then the other Strawberries i've tried. I tried a batch of 25 in spring/summer of 2013 and only 2 survived but the berries were incredible. I was so impressed by the taste I got another batch of 25 for 2014. Of the 25 I had 18 survive (decided to grow them hydroponically). They threw out a huge amount of runners that I was able to root 20+ to give to my brother. They need LOTS and LOTS of full sun for sweet berries. I've grown Albions and Seascapes and the Mara Des Bois is far far superior in taste. Pros: The best tasting strawberries i've ever tasted hands down. And anyone i've shared them with will say the same. Cons: Definitely harder to grow then other more commercial varieties. Likes to throw alot of runners. Berries aren't as large as Albions or Seascapes. I would say the aver size i'm getting is about the size of a large peach pit. Definitely worth trying! I seem to have better luck growing them hydroponically vs traditional soil.Date published: 2014-07-08Rated 1 out of 5 by selrahc from Mara Des Bois Strawberry Arrived in poor condition, then it was down hill from there. Only 7 plants survived .Date published: 2014-06-06