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Strawberry, Mara Des Bois

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From France, the perfect variety for a container or raised bed.

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These unstoppable producers are perfect for containers or raised beds. From June until frost, this French variety produces a non-stop harvest of fragrant, lusciously sweet, plump strawberries. US Plant Patent #08517.
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Zone This refers to the USDA hardiness zone assigned to each part of the country, based on the minimum winter temperature that a region typically experiences. Hardiness zone ranges are provided for all perennial plants and you should always choose plants that fall within your range.


Sun The amount of sunlight this product needs daily in order to perform well in the garden. Full sun means 6 hours of direct sun per day; partial sun means 2-4 hours of direct sun per day; shade means little or no direct sun.

Full Sun

Height The typical height of this product at maturity.

12-15 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

12-24 inches

Fruit Bearing This refers to the relative season when the plant produces fruit, or if it bears continuously or just once

Day Neutral

Life Cycle This refers to whether a plant is an annual, biennial or perennial. Annuals complete their life cycles in one year; biennials produce foliage the first year and bloom and go to seed the second year; perennials can live for more than two years.



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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.
Full Sun
12-15 inches
12-24 inches
Fruit Bearing
Day Neutral
Life Cycle
Ornamental Use
Harvest Season
Strawberry, Mara Des Bois is rated 3.7142857142857144 out of 5 by 14.
Rated 3 out of 5 by from Patience ! Brought a set (about 24) of this and planted them in strawberry pots. Sadly only 8 survived! These are growing very well and produced few small strawberries this summer. In fact more strawberries are being formed this late in season. Will winterize them in the garage and hopefully they will be more productive this coming year! PS. Tried to take a picture but this option wouldn't allow me!
Date published: 2016-09-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by from amazing taste was very pleased with the growth and taste of the fruits. I bought them as bare roots and planted them in pots. They grew excellent and the taste of the fruit is extraordinary as I only know from wild Strawberries! They have been baring fruit all summer and in September still blooming and baring fruit.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Only 2 Grew! I received your bare root strawberries, planted half in my organic raised bed & gave the other half to my friend, as soon as they arrived. She planted hers within a few days. Of all of those planted, only 2 of my plants grew. May I have a refund for all but 2?
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Productive and delicious We planted these in a gutter in the backyard and they were tolerant of our inattention to watering during the heat of the summer. Over the past 3 weeks, they have really taken off, and the berries are so sweet and delicious.
Date published: 2016-09-15
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Delicious flavor and scent! This is the first time I've grown strawberries and I've neglected them horribly. Just pulled away the worst of the weeds to give them a fighting chance and found my first berry of the season. We had to split it five ways so everyone could try it, but the smell was positively unreal and the flavor was amazing. I cannot wait for more to ripen!
Date published: 2016-06-08
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-08-25
Rated 5 out of 5 by 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: 2015-06-07
Rated 1 out of 5 by 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: 2015-05-15
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