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Strawberry, Purple Wonder ™

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The first ever purple strawberry.

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A color and flavor breakthrough. Incredible purple fruits are extra sweet and delicious. June-bearing plants are tidy and attractive, with beautiful fully-lobed, bright green leaves. Expect bountiful fresh pickings in summer. A one-of-a-kind strawberry for discriminating berry aficionados. Bred by Dr. Courtney Weber at Cornell University. Patent pending.
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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.

4-8

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.

8-12 inches

Spread The width of the plant at maturity.

10-12 inches

Fruit Bearing This refers to whether this product produces fruit or not.

Junebearing

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.

Perennial

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Sep 26, 2016

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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.
Zone
4-8
Sun
Full Sun
Height
8-12 inches
Spread
10-12 inches
Fruit Bearing
Junebearing
Life Cycle
Perennial
Genus
Fragaria
Ornamental Use
Beds, Container
Harvest Season
Summer
Strawberry, Purple Wonder ™ is rated 3.875 out of 5 by 8.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Divine Delicacy! This is probably the absolute best strawberry my family has ever tasted. Sweet, juicy, and so delectable! I received these in 2015, and could not bring myself to snip the buds because I was SO anxious to try them. I only got to have one or two, because each day my daughter would run out to the garden and pull any that were even close to ripening.... They were that good. I only had two plants last year, and did not save any runners, which I regret, now, because only one came back this year. I will most certainly be saving every last runner from it, as my other variety (Albion) was such a disappointment. Too bad they are out of stock, now, or I would order a lot more!! Both plants produced very well in their first year, but the berries, themselves, probably will not store well. They really are a "fresh off the vine" kind of fruit. Cannot wait to see if I get enough to make a very tiny batch of jam this year (if I can keep the marauding child away)!
Date published: 2016-04-19
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Beautifull Berry !! Having grown in drought stricken high sun years I predict the strawberry, Purple Wonder™ to contribute immensely through the foreseeable future. I feel faithful this flavor burst of color speaks bountifully for itself. Good job Burpee.
Date published: 2015-05-20
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Is this an annual? I was so excited about this plant! When I heard that purple strawberries exist, I had to have one for my garden. The first year we got a few beautiful, sweet berries. However the second year, it grew into long "branches" and never produced a single berry. It acted like a biennial plant like parsley. It looked like it bolted. It took up too much space for something that wasn't producing so I finally pulled it in August. Has anyone else had a similar second year experience?
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Unique, Delectable Strawberry The Purple Wonder strawberry has more than lived up to its claim; the most luscious, flavorful strawberry I have ever eaten with a very deep, sweet wine like flavor. Also, the plants are very upright an hold their fruit off the ground very well. Wee worth the cost!
Date published: 2014-09-17
Rated 4 out of 5 by from Very good Strawberry I received 2 of these strawberry plants a few days after I ordered them, and I can say I was fairly impressed by them. When I got them they came in a neatly packed package, and each plant looked to be doing well with one seeming to be a bit stronger then the other and they both had flowers and fruits already on them when they arrived. However the only negative that I have noticed is when I took the weaker looking plant and was planting it, there seemed to be a bit of a ant infestation in the soil, especially near and around the roots. But other then that this is a very good plant to buy and both are thriving now that they have been planted. :)
Date published: 2013-05-26
Rated 2 out of 5 by from Stunted growth I bought these, Fall 2012, and they have not grown since (today is March 24, 2013). At first I just attributed it to the fact that it was planted in the fall. But it has not grown a lick since and I have just noticed the leaves are dry. Another strawberry plant I bought (chandler) was diseased. But the Alpine was ok. LA does not have harsh winters. We don't have harsh anything around here. I don't know what happened.
Date published: 2013-03-24
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Great Experience I just received my purple wonder strawberry plant today and am so happy that it survived being shipped clear across the country (From PA to NV). It was totally green and healthy. I was nervous about buying a plant online, but it was worth it. The plant was very well packaged and survived the carrier abuse most packages go through. With the warranty you get when buying from Burpee, there really isn't anything to lose. I couldn't find a downside, so I went ahead and ordered the plant in July. The little strawberry plant perked up some after transplanting and watering with Sea Magic ( a fertilizer you can buy on this website). I read that using Sea Magic helps transplants adjust better. I bought one plant and am growing it in a ten gallon pot. This is a plant that you cannot find locally and it will be a special addition to any garden. I highly recommend this product partially because it survived the trip from the east coast to the west coast which in itself says that it's hardy and will probably survive having a beginner gardner like me take care of it.
Date published: 2012-09-29
Rated 4 out of 5 by from purple wonder strawberry These plants have really attractive leafs. I bought 8 of these plants. I know they are really expansive but they produce lots of runners which makes up for the price.I now have 14 plants. soon i will have 18 plants(got 4 new runners recently). I am growing them in a grow box.They haven't produced fruit yet because they are junebearing and they arrived in late may.Its dissapointing that i won't get any fruit until next year because its hard to wait. I have never seen a purple strawberry before. I can't wait until next year. This summer its been over 100 degrees and they all survived except one of them. burpee replaced that one that died. the replacement already had 2 runners on it. the bad thing is it came with about one hundred aphids on it right out of the box.It let literally had lots of aphids the second i took it out of the package. I picked them off and sprayed it with insecticide. I wiped out all the aphids. burpee needs to do a better job with pest control. I have noticed that this strawberry variety is more vulnerable to aphids. they seem to bother this variety more then all my other strawberry varieties. I can't wait until next year to see what these plants do. I really hope burpee improves its bug issues.
Date published: 2012-07-27
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