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   Seascape is a dependable standard in the strawberry industry. It was bred for tolerance to many of the common viral diseases in California, but has demonstrated susceptibility to common leaf spot.

Seascape fruit is large and flavorful with an attractive glossy finish. Seascape also has flexibility in planting requirements, such that it does not require as much chill hours to set fruit, which makes this suitable for warmer climates.

Seascape produces large berries with excellent flavor over a long season, but is concentrated in late spring with high yields in the fall.

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The gold standard of the industry in terms of flavor, Albion is a day-neutral (ever-bearing) cultivar. “Albion” is resistant to Verticillium wilt (Verticillium dahliae) and Phytophthora crown rot (Phytophthora cactorum), and relatively resistant to Anthracnose crown rot (Colletotrichum acutatum).

When treated properly, Albion has tolerance to two-spotted spider mites (Tetranychus urticae). Fruit from “Albion” is typically long, conical, and very symmetrical. Albion fruit is firm and is dark red inside and out.

Albion fruits consistently throughout the season. One downside of this variety is that it produces a lot of runners that must be cut in order to maintain high production.

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bare root

Bare root is a technique of arboriculture whereby a plant is removed from soil in a dormant state, from which it can more rapidly acclimate to new soil conditions. Bare root stock should be planted within 48 hours of receipt for optimal results.

When planting bare roots, it is important to dig the hole before unwrapping the bare roots from whatever moisture retaining material they are in. They should not be exposed to air or allowed to dry out. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate all the roots without bending or breaking any, then mound up soil in the center of the hole in a cone shape. The center of the roots and plant crown will sit on this cone and the roots will hang down the sides. Next, fill an appropriate sized container with water, then gently unwrap the roots and place in the water to soak for an hour or two. Before placing the bare root plant in the hole, trim off any dead roots, but do not trim off any living roots. Then place the plant in the hole so that the plant crown will be just above the soil level. You may have to mound up more soil to achieve this. Spread the roots around and down the cone shaped mound of soil. While holding the plant in place, back fill the hole, lightly tamping down the soil every inch or two to keep the roots and plants in place. Note: Bare root trees may need to be staked for the first year to hold them in place. Water the plant well after planting. Bare root plants should leaf out the first season that they are planted.