Growing Ozark Beauties – What Are Ozark Beauty Strawberries

By: Amy Grant

Strawberry lovers who grow their own berries may be of two types. Some prefer the larger June-bearing strawberries and some prefer to sacrifice some of that size for everbearing varieties that produce multiple crops throughout the growing season. There is no right or wrong choice, but for those who want successive crops and live in the northern regions or higher elevations of the South, try growing Ozark Beauties. What are Ozark Beauty strawberries? Read on to find out how to grow an Ozark Beauty and about Ozark Beauty plant care.

What are Ozark Beauty Strawberries?

The Ozark Beauty strawberry was developed in Arkansas and is well suited for cooler regions, hardy to USDA zones 4-8 and with protection may even do well in USDA zones 3 and 9. This strawberry cultivar can survive winter temps down to -30 F. (-34 C.).

Ozark Beauty strawberries are considered to be one of the best everbearing varieties. They are vigorous and extremely prolific producers. They produce fairly large berries for an everbearing that are deep red in color and honey-sweet, excellent for use in the making of preserves.

How to Grow an Ozark Beauty

When growing Ozark Beauties, be aware that this cultivar will typically not set fruit in the first year, or if they do, do so sparely. This strawberry variety produces very long runners at the same time as it is blooming and producing fruit.

As with all strawberry varieties, ‘Ozark Beauty’ prefers full sun and slightly acidic soil with a pH of 5.3-6.5. Because they produce quite a few runners, they can be planted in a matted row or hill system.

Ozark Beauty Plant Care

Ozark Beauties should be provided an inch (2.5 cm.) of water per week depending upon weather conditions.

During their first year of growth, remove all but 2-3 runners from Ozark Beauty plants. This will increase the size and quality of the berries.

While Ozark Beauties are resistant to both leaf spot and leaf scorch, they do not have any resistance to common strawberry pests such as spider mites or nematodes. They are also susceptible to red stele and verticillium as well as anthracnose.

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Jennifer is a full-time homesteader who started her journey in the foothills of North Carolina in 2010. Currently, she spends her days gardening, caring for her orchard and vineyard, raising chickens, ducks, goats, and bees. Jennifer is an avid canner who provides almost all food for her family needs. She enjoys working on DIY remodeling projects to bring beauty to her homestead in her spare times.

Don’t you love homemade strawberry jam, pie, or ice cream? If so, why not start growing strawberries in your home garden?

That way, you can have them on hand when you are up for making delicious dessert recipes or just want to nibble on some still warm from the sun.

Don’t worry if you’re unfamiliar with growing these sweet treats, because I’ve got you covered. I’m going to share with you all you need to know to raise a successful strawberry patch.

Growing Strawberries – Ozark Beauty

Troubleshooting some common problems that usually plague strawberry plants

Slugs often make holes in the strawberries as they begin to ripen. You can deter them from your fruits by following some of the tips we have detailed in the blog titled “Slug and snail control”.

Birds, they love to feast on ripe strawberries and by far are the worst offenders. To keep robins and other fruit eaters from feasting on your berries, cover your plants with a protective bird netting when the strawberries are beginning to ripen.

Several fungal diseases can cause some of the strawberry plant leaves to rot, turn yellow or form black spots. You can safely clip these leaves and regularly remove the dead leaves to keep your plants clean and healthy.

If you notice your fruits are smaller in size and coming out deformed, it could be because the plants are not getting enough nutrients. Use an organic fertilizer meant for vegetables and tomatoes, apply those 4-6 months in advance and regularly water your plants.

Here is a detailed video on how to grow this wonderful strawberry variety.

Happy Gardening!

Ozark Beauty Strawberry Info: How To Grow An Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plant - garden

Ozark Beauty Strawberry Bushes

The Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants are probably the hardiest strawberry plants as well as the most vigorous and one of the best producing ever bearing strawberry fruit that we’ve tested.

Ozark Beauty Strawberry produce excellent quality strawberry fruits that are bright red, amazingly large and firm with a sweet, luscious flavor.

Thanks to the Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants, you’ll be feasting on huge crops of these exceptionally delicious scarlet-red berries from early summer until the first frost. All winter you’ll savor strawberry preserves and frozen strawberries. Ever bearing Strawberries produce an early summer crop and also a fall crop with some berries on and off all summer. You will make the best strawberry desserts!

TIP: Pinch off blooms for first two months on ever bearing strawberries to promote larger harvest.

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