Red Chief Strawberry

Product Code: sredc

Strawberry 'Red Chief'
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The Red Chief Strawberry produces medium to large berries of very good quality and flavor. It is a June-bearing edible plant and does best in full sun and well-drained soils. The Red Chief is excellent for freezing! The glossy firm fruit, which holds its size very well and is disease resistant. This edible plant is hardy and reliable. Hardiness is zone 3.

Planting & Care for Edible Plants – Strawberry Fruit

Preparation

  • The Red Chief Strawberry produces medium to large berries of very good quality and flavor.
  • It is a June-bearing edible plant and does best in full sun and well-drained soils.
  • The Red Chief is excellent for freezing!
  • The glossy firm fruit, which holds its size very well and is disease resistant.
  • This edible plant is hardy and reliable.
  • Hardiness is zone 3.   
  • Strawberry plants need a soil pH level 5.3 - 6.5. Not sure what your soil level is? Run a test before planting.
  • We suggest pinching off all blossoms during the first season, to save the plant’s strength for heavier bearing in the future.
  • A June bearing variety has a harvest period of about 10 days.
  • When choosing which strawberry type to plant, remember that June bearing strawberries only flower and fruit once a year.
  • There are three different ways you can plant your strawberry patch; matted rows, hill rows or solid beds. Strawberries can also be grown in containers.
  • Life of plants 3-4 years with proper maintenance.

Opening Plant Material

  • Bare Root - Cut open the bundle (top and roots are tied) and separate all the plants. Soak roots in buckets of water until planted. Each plant type will be labeled separately for identification. Do not expose the roots to sun. They should never dry out. Keep roots covered. All bare-root plants must be trimmed when planted. 

Planting Bare Root Bundles

  • Strawberries come in bare root bundles.
  • When you receive your plants separate the bundled plants, remove any dried leaves at their tops and soak the roots in water for an hour or two before planting.
  • Plant them early in spring, while the ground is still cool and moist, and in a sunny spot, if possible.
  • Fan out the roots, keeping them straight down. (If the roots are long, you can trim them back to about 4 to 5”, before planting.)
  • Plant the crown even with the soil line. Avoid planting too deep or too shallow.
  • Firm the soil around each plant and water well.

Pruning - Through-out the Season

  • Don’t be intimidated when it comes to pruning. It’s important to do so to ensure the size and shape of your plant stays regulated, stimulate strong growth, and overall fruit quality.
  • For June bearing types, plant this spring and harvest next June. In early August, remove foliage by mowing at 3-4” height and fertilize. In the third spring, start a new bed. Harvest fruit in June on original bed. Destroy plants after the second harvest to prevent disease and since production goes down.

Watering - After Planting

  • If summer brings about one to one and a half inches of rainfall every week or so, you won’t need to use the hose. But if it gets really dry, you can give your new plant a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.

Watering - Through-out the Season

  • Water strawberries so that they receive a minimum of 1 inch of water per week during the growing seasons. 

 

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Handling & Planting Guidelines

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Special Plant Features & Tips

  • The Red Chief Strawberry produces medium to large berries of very good quality and flavor.
  • It is a June-bearing edible plant and does best in full sun and well-drained soils.
  • The Red Chief is excellent for freezing!
  • The glossy firm fruit, which holds its size very well and is disease resistant.
  • This edible plant is hardy and reliable.
  • Hardiness is zone 3.   
  • Strawberry plants need a soil pH level 5.3 - 6.5. Not sure what your soil level is? Run a test before planting.
  • We suggest pinching off all blossoms during the first season, to save the plant’s strength for heavier bearing in the future.
  • A June bearing variety has a harvest period of about 10 days.
  • When choosing which strawberry type to plant, remember that June bearing strawberries only flower and fruit once a year.
  • There are three different ways you can plant your strawberry patch; matted rows, hill rows or solid beds. Strawberries can also be grown in containers.
  • Life of plants 3-4 years with proper maintenance.

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Popular Sizes
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
2' - 5' Bare Root 5 - 35 5 - 15" 2 - 5' FedEx
Containers/Grow Bags
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Container  10 8" 10" FedEx
#2 Container 15 12" 12" FedEx
#3 Container/Grow Bag 25 10" 15" FedEx
#5 Container/Grow Bag 40 14" 10" McKay Delivery*
#7 Container/Grow Bag 35 - 50 14 - 16" 1 - 2' McKay Delivery*
#10 Container/Grow Bag 55 - 70 18" 1 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#15 Container/Grow Bag 65 - 80 22" 2 - 3' McKay Delivery*
#20 Container/Grow Bag 100 - 160 24" 7 McKay Delivery*
#25 Container/Grow Bag 130 - 200 24 - 30" 8' McKay Delivery*
Bare Root
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
#1 Bare Root 5 5 - 8" (no soil on roots) 5 - 10" FedEx
12" Bare Root 5 - 10 5" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12" FedEx
15" Bare Root 8 - 10 10 - 12" (no soil on roots) 12 - 15" FedEx
18" Bare Root 10 - 15 10 - 15" (no soil on roots) 15 - 18" FedEx
2' Bare Root 15 12" (no soil on roots) 2' FedEx
3' Bare Root 20 15" (no soil on roots) 3' FedEx
4' Bare Root 25 18" (no soil on roots) 4' FedEx
5' Bare Root 30 20" (no soil on roots) 5' FedEx
6' Bare Root 35 22" (no soil on roots) 6' McKay Delivery*
8' Bare Root 40 22 - 24" (no soil on roots) 8' McKay Delivery*
9' Bare Root 45 24 - 30" (no soil on roots) 9' McKay Delivery*
1 3/4" caliper Bare Root 50 30" (no soil on roots) 5 - 6' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper Bare Root 55 32" (no soil on roots) 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper Bare Root 60 32" (no soil on roots) 10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper Bare Root 65 32 - 35" (no soil on roots) 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
Balled & Burlap (B&B)
ItemApprox. Weight (lbs.)Approx. Base DiameterApprox. HeightShipping Method
2' tall B&B 50 12 - 16" 2'  McKay Delivery*
3' tall B&B 60 - 250 22 - 24" 4' McKay Delivery*
4' tall B&B 250 22 - 24"  5' McKay Delivery*
5' tall B&B 325 16 - 24" 5' McKay Delivery*
6' tall B&B 150 - 325 24 - 30"  6' McKay Delivery*
7' tall B&B 500 - 700 30"  7' McKay Delivery*
8' tall B&B 600 - 700 30 - 32" 8' McKay Delivery*
9' tall B&B 700 30 - 35" 9' McKay Delivery*
1 1/4" caliper B&B 250 - 700 22" - 28" 8 - 11' McKay Delivery*
1 1/2" caliper B&B 350 - 600 24" - 30"  10 - 12' McKay Delivery*
2" caliper B&B 600 - 700 28" - 32"  10 - 14' McKay Delivery*
2 1/2" caliper B&B 700 - 1,000 30" - 36" 10 - 16' McKay Delivery*
3" caliper B&B 850 - 1,200 34" - 38" 12 - 18' McKay Delivery*
3 1/2" caliper B&B 1,000 - 1,200 36"  3' McKay Delivery*

*McKay Delivery - This shipping method can only be used when your delivery address is within 60 miles of Waterloo, Wisconsin. McKay will hand delivery your nursery stock. We can delivey any size, but typically this shipping method is used for oversize items that FedEx cannot ship.

Growing Zones: 3-8

Bloom Time: June
Color: Green, Red, White
Plant Size: 2 1/2"
Flower Color: White
Fruit: Red
Sunlight: Full Sun
Soil Conditions: Normal, Sandy, Clay, Acidic
Low Maintenance: No
Deer Resistant: No
Attracts Butterflies: Yes
Attracts Bees: Yes
Attracts Birds: Yes
Edible: Yes
Native: No

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