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Thursday, 19 March 2020

Todays Update: we are open and we can deliver


April Update. Due to the unprecedented demand for GYO we have had new stock. The main varieties currently are Pegas, Elsanta and Cambridge Favourite. All lovely!

Peter has asked if I could promote to our customers to email us their orders and we will call back to collect their payment details. shop@thenurseries.com
Please don't call to check because we need the phone to process the orders.

Orders are taking a few days to process but we will call you back and sort out the details.We will need your phone number and delivery address. Please bear in mind that in normal times we are a retail nursery not an online store. At this time we are supporting our local customers with a very small staff because we are lucky enough to be a family business.

We will be posting some of the things we are getting the most enquires about here and on all our social media including our blog which has a link on the top of our website thenurseries.com. We also have a twitter feed @pottypreston and an instagram with the same name.

The nursery is closed to customers. Do not be tempted to drive here until the restrictions are lifted. Anyone attempting to come in the gate will be directed to leave.


Lots of you have asked about Strawberry Varieties as its now we plant them.

Strawberry Varieties
April Update. Due to the unprecedented demand for GYO we have had new stock. The main varieties Currently are Pegas, Elsanta and Cambridge Favourite.

- Cristina..late variety with large sweet fruit.
- Korona
- Albion (everbearer).. Crops early but continues fruiting.
- Elegance.. Crop in June and July, mid season.
- Sweetheart...Min season, conical berries, high yields.
- F1 Loran ..compact plants, large fruit,long season, trailing in baskets good also in pots and beds
- Cambridge favourite.. good flavour in mid-season, in strawberry pots or beds and in limited space.
- Honeoye....main commercial early variety..also good in pots.
- Florence..Prolific, late season June to the end of July,excellent pest & disease resistance.
- Romina..firm fruit, stores well, May to Oct.
- Ostara (everbearer).. fruit continuously from June until the first frosts.
- Fenella.. bred in England, tolerate UK wel, late season,upright growth,strong disease resistance.

All rate well for flavour and disease resistance.

I have to apologise as it is in bad taste but you may spot there actually is a variety called Korona. Its the only tray so far nobody seams to be picking up from, I wonder why! It is classed as an early strawberry with good disease resistance and outstanding flavour.

Alpine strawberries are the sweet little miniature strawberries that look very decorative on deserts.

- Alpine strawberry, white soul
- Alpine Strawberry, vesca
- Alpine strawberry, yellow fruited (fragaria vesca)
- Wild strawberry

My advice on strawberries is grow enough of the same variety to have a crop not lots of varieties with sightly different cropping times.

I actually spent a summer working on a strawberry farm in Herefordshire and I recall rich fertile soil, dig in lots of organic matter. Lots of moisture but never water logged and a reasonable amount of light.At home net if the birds are a problem.

I noticed a couple of the varieties are good in pots and baskets.

I have to apologise as it is in bad taste but you may spot there actually is a variety called Korona. Its the only tray so far nobody seams to be picking up from, I wonder why! It is classed as an early strawberry with good disease resistance and outstanding flavour.

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