Guardian Organic Heirloom Strawberry
Quart Size 4-plant pack
1969 release by USDA in Beltsville, MD. Guardian was the first cultivar to have wide resistance to many common and difficult strawberry diseases such as red stele, verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and powdery mildew, as well as some viruses. Very large to large berries are scarlet red, very sweet, firm and juicy. Berries can be picked over a
2-3 week period. This was another surprise in our 2012 trials (I trialed a number of old time cultivars), and given the late freeze, along with the dry Spring and early heat, Guardian performed at the top in flavor and yield. The one drawback to this cultivar is berry color, which is not as deep red as we’ve come to expect. Even though lighter colored (which is why it was dropped from commercial use), the flavor is very sweet. My daughters and son had no trouble devouring the berries last summer, and I’m increasing our strawberry production areas with Guardian.
I’d suggest some extra protection (like a freeze blanket) for USDA zone 4
USDA hardiness zones 4-8
Plants ready to ship in mid May.
For this offer, you get 4, quart size, potted strawberry plants. Plants ship to anywhere in the contiguous USA. Email me for Alaskan shipping (added fee applies); no shipment to HI, PR, or US territories.
NOTE: quantity discount applied to strawberry 4-pack offers (can be mixed).
Stock is limited.
All strawberry plants are Certified Organic and Non-GMO, grown here on our farm in Indiana.