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Fragaria ananassa Senga Gigana - Giant Strawberry Variety

We are based in Clacton on Sea, Essex. We grow the largest strawberry variety which can fruit the size of eggs.

We sell bare-root Fragaria ananassa Senga Gigana strawberry plants online and at venues up and down the country. So if you see me, please come and say hello.

History of the Strawberry

The first garden strawberry was grown in France during the late 18th century. Prior to this, wild strawberries and cultivated selections from wild strawberry species were the common source of the fruit.

The strawberry fruit was mentioned in ancient Roman literature in reference to it's medicinal use. The French began taking the strawberry from the forest to their gardens for harvest in the 1300's. Charles V, The King of France from 1364 to 1380, had more than 1,200 strawberry plants in the royal gardens.

The History Continued..

In the early 1400's monks in Europe were using the wild strawberry's in their illuminated manuscripts. The strawberry is found in Italian, Flemish, German art and English miniatures. The entire strawberry plant was used to treat depressive illnesses.

By the 1500's references to cultivating the strawberry became more wide-spread. People began using strawberries for their medicinal properties and botanists began naming the different species.

In England the demand for regular strawberry farming had increased by the mid-1500's.

The History Continued..

Instructions for growing and harvesting strawberries showed up in writing in 1578. By the end of the 1500's three European species had been named; F. vesca, F. moschata, and F. viridis. The garden strawberry was transplanted from the forests and then the plants would be propagated asexually by cutting off the runners.

Two subspecies of F. vesca were identified; F. sylvestris alba and F. sylvestris semperflorens. The introduction of F. virginiana from Eastern North America to Europe in the 1600's is an important part of history because this species gave rise to the modern strawberry.

The History Continued..

The new species gradually spread through the continent and did not become completely appreciated until the end of the 18th century. When a French excursion journeyed to Chile in 1712, it introduced the strawberry plant with female flowers that resulted in the common strawberry that we have today.

The Mapuche and Huilliche Indians of Chile cultivated the female strawberry species until 1551 when the Spanish came to conquer the land.

In 1765, a European explorer recorded the cultivation of F. chiloensis, the Chilean strawberry. At first, the plants grew vigorously in Europe but produced no fruit.

The History Continued..

It was discovered in 1766 that the female plants could only be pollinated by plants that produced large fruit; F. moschata, F. virginiana, and F. ananassa. This is when the Europeans became aware that plants had the ability to produce male-only or female-only flowers.

As more large-fruit producing plants were cultivated, the Chilean strawberry slowly decreased in population in Europe, except in Brest where the Chilean strawberry thrived.

The decline of the Chilean strawberry was caused by F. ananassa.

Strawberry Facts

Forget Carrots! Strawberries score in the fruit group with the highest antioxidant values, which can help to prevent cataracts and other eye degeneration.

Eight strawberries will provide 140 percent of the recommended daily intake of Vitamin C for kids.

Pregnant women who eat strawberries can lower the risks of birth defects in their children, such as spina bifida.

We're all smiles - did you know strawberries can help whiten your teeth? The acids in the fruit help to remove stains.

Strawberry Facts Continued..

The ancient Romans believed that strawberries alleviated symptoms of melancholy, fainting, all inflammations, fevers, throat infections, kidney stones, bad breath, attacks of gout, and diseases of the blood, liver and spleen.

The average strawberry has 200 seeds.

Strawberries are a member of the rose family.

Strawberries are the only fruit with seeds that grow on the outside.

Strawberries are low in fat, low in calories. Yet they are high in vitamin C, high in fibre, folic acid and potassium

Caring for your Strawberry Plants
Planting our Bare-Root Fragaria ananassa Senga Gigana bare root Plants

Dig out a hole for each plant, create a mound with soil at the bottom of the hole and place the strawberry plant inside and spread the roots around the side of the mound before replacing the soil.

Planting Pot Grown Strawberry Plants

Once your strawberry plants arrive, if the roots are dry place them in some water for a few hours and then put the plants in freshly dug and weeded soil that has been enriched with manure or chicken poo tea.

Weed Control for Strawberry Plants
We do not suggest using polythene weed membrane as it encourages pests and diseases.

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Deblossom your Strawberry Plants
Thank you so much for my strawberry plants I am so so happy! - T Heath
Remove the first blossoms

If you want your plants to provide even bigger fruit during the season, then you can remove the first flower heads that appear.

Your strawberry plants will last for 2-3 years

Your plants will provide giant fruits for 2 to 3 years, we suggest that after each season you add a little organic manure around the base.

Growing Healthy Strawberries
Thank you very much, I am impressed with the level of service I received. - D Bailey

Keep the soil around the strawberry plants cool and the fruit clean and free of mould by spreading a layer of straw untreated by weed killers under the leaves once the plants have flowered.

Using Potash and Fertiliser

During the growing season, we will often dig up any weaker plants, remove any wilting or non-healthy looking leaves. We put these into a garden incinerator and burn. The ash is then dug back into the ground and sprinkled around the plants.

Chicken Poo Tea Fertiliser

If you know anyone that keeps chickens, ask them for a plastic carrier bag of raw chicken manure. We would take a carrier bag of manure and poke lots of holes all over the bottom of the bag and thread a heavy stick through the handles and then suspend the carrier bag inside a water butt and leave to ferment. Stir the water in the butt every few days.

The longer you leave the bag in the butt, the stronger the tea will be. We use 1 ltr of raw tea to 12 ltrs of rain water and mix, then spray your plants. Chicken Poo Tea gives amazing results.

Purchase our Strawberry Plants
Orders are shipped same day Mon-Thurs.
For larger quantities, please use the contact form.

Buy from 1 to 50 plants

Purchase Chicken Poo Tea

If you can't find any chickens or don't want to make your own, you can buy the same organic chicken poo tea that we use, here on our strawberry plants.

We sell the organic fertiliser by the Ltr, supplied as concentrate, in plain containers. If you would like more information, use the contact page.

The organic fertiliser can be used on tomato plants and household plants. Full instructions are included.

Ingredients: Organic Chicken Manure, Water.

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