A strawberry just made for the small garden - pots - even windowboxes:
Because Diamante is so compact it enables a planting distance much closer than normal strawberries, especially between the rows, and it is just perfect for your patio and yes, even windowboxes. Last Spring we planted 8 Diamante in a standard 32” plastic windowbox, in standard peat based potting mix with one application of slow release fertilizer and no other special treatment aside from watering. We enjoyed a weekly pick of pleasing, quality strawberries for over 12 weeks and the crop was extended well into November by bringing the box into a greenhouse. Diamante belongs to the select group of 'day neutral' varieties. These differ from perpetual or Autumn fruiting varieties in that they will crop whenever the temperature rises just above the Winter-Spring norm and regardless of daylight length. This means that in the garden they will commence fruiting in May…and continue to the first frosts! The small plant size of Diamante is emphatically not at the expense of yield and the tender, thin skinned berries are blessed with a nectar sweet flavour - it is as if they have brought some of that California sunshine with them! Diamante will perform equally well in a standard strawberry bed, planted beneath dwarf fruit trees, in tubs on the patio.