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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 # 08,517.
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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

Growth Habit The genetic tendency of a plant to grow in a certain shape, such as vining or bush like.


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Mar 16, 2020

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  • Strawberry Plants

    Strawberry Plants
    Start Indoors Start Indoors Starting seeds indoors is called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds indoors in the spring or summer
    Transplant Transplant When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for spring
    Start Outdoors Start Outdoors Starting seeds outdoors is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the spring or summer
    Start Indoors Fall Start Indoors Fall Starting seeds indoors in the fall called Indoor Sow or Indirect Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
    Transplant Fall Transplant Fall Transplant Fall-When to transplant bulbs or roots in the garden for fall
    Start Outdoors Fall Start Outdoors Fall Starting seeds outdoors in the fall is called Outdoor Sow or Direct Sow and these dates are when to sow seeds outdoors in the fall
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    First Date: Sep-17 - Last Date: Oct-29
  • 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
Growth Habit
Life Cycle
Ornamental Use
Harvest Season
Strawberry, Mara Des Bois is rated 3.3 out of 5 by 23.
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Fruit in partial shade I bought these strawberry plants 3 or 4 years ago on sale at the end of spring and planted a few in different pots on my patio in Brooklyn. They have thrived even though I only get about 4 hours of sun each day. And they are very sweet, flavorful berries. The photo is from this morning- my first strawberries of this season!
Date published: 2019-06-04
Rated 4 out of 5 by from I finally found them I was very happy to finally find this strawberry. I first taste it France about 15 yr ago and was blown away by the taste. I did not get the name of them. I told so many friends about it and casually tried to find it in the US to no avail. I finally gave up. I then saw a strawberry online with a French name and I am sure i found them by description. I cant wait to see after all these yrs if i did. I will let you know if I did. After living in France a yr my most pleasant memories are fairytale castles and a single strawberry.
Date published: 2019-04-03
Rated 5 out of 5 by from late June purchase, PERFECT condition I bought these on sale at the end of season, thinking it would be worthwhile if at least 6 were good out of 25 (because the price elsewhere at the time (late June) was about the same for 6 plants). I figured this late the stored bare root strawberry plants would be in poor condition. To my surprise, the plants were all very ready to grow., and every single plant was equally good. There were even a couple extra plants, so I ended up with 27 vigorous strawberry plants, all growing nicely now. Seems the Burpee team has a really superb method of storing bare root strawberry plants so they keep perfectly well for an extra long time with no real stress to the plants. I'd certainly buy strawberries from Burpee again, and would recommend to friends.
Date published: 2018-06-30
Rated 5 out of 5 by from Each plant survived and is flourishing All 25 plants survived this springs shipment and are thriving in my 4' x 12' raised bed. Each plant has "taken", is growing well and flowering. So far, I am very pleased with my purchase. We live in zone 5.
Date published: 2018-05-24
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Panama City Florida too hot for these berries None of these made it. I have purchased them before and had decent luck. 21 out of 24 lived and thrived. No luck this time. Zone 8B is too hot I believe for these and they are a very tasty berry.
Date published: 2017-10-13
Rated 1 out of 5 by from No strawberries Bought the first 25 in May. Only 2 grew ! Got a replacement of 25 and only 1 grew. Did everything I was suppose to do. Very disappointed. would not buy again.
Date published: 2017-08-22
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Not one survived shipping? I only got like 23 plants, not 25, and they were mostly runners and roots... Planted them all per the directions and not a single one grew at all. The strawberries I grew from seeds have already outgrown these so I'm just gonna pluck them out and toss them. Extremely disappointed because I was looking forward to these pretty badly. :<
Date published: 2017-07-26
Rated 1 out of 5 by from Disappointed with product They were sent a month before our area's frost free date. The bare root plants were sent on Easter weekend, I wasn't home. As soon as I opened them I followed directions to keep them moist but was puzzled because only 3 or 4 had any pale sprouts. I planted them in MiracleGro garden soil in a new 3 tier pyramid. A few showed some greenish sprouts. I covered them when it was frosty. None survived. I don't think they were stored properly at Burpee. I replaced them & new plants bought locally are doing well. I did obtain a refund.
Date published: 2017-07-15
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