Just planted these in raised garden beds and gave them plenty of water. Two days later they are just putting out new leaves. Looking forward to berries in the summer.Beck
It took a year for the strawberries to get established, but once they did I have enough strawberries to feed my neighborhood. Before I planted this variety I did take the time to get the ph correct (6.6) and to add strawberry food to the soil. The first year six plants spread through out a 4x8 raised bed garden. The second year the plants were strong and huge and have been producing 3 lbs a week in the late spring and early summer. I have to keep them trimmed or they threaten to take over that area of my yard. They seem hardy and and as of yet, I haven't had to spray for any type of pest or correct the soil. They are delicious and easy to make jam with. After giving away jars of strawberry jam to my family and neighbors I have so much strawberry jam leftover I may have to start selling it at the local farmer's market.David S
We grew Mara de Bois at the organic farm I worked for here in New Mexico for years. The berries themselves are smaller in size than most store varieties but the flavour is OUT OF THIS WORLD! If you're needing super sweet berries for jam, pie, dessert, etc then look no further. We grew them as a special request from a Italian chef that had relocated to New Mexico for desserts for his restaurant but soon found we had quite a demand for them at the market and from local green grocers as well.Dan K
Fairly prolific and easy to maintain, the only real issue we had was with the intense amount of heat and UV radiation we experience here in the desert southwest scorching the leaves a little and scorching the berries in late spring/early summer. They like to crawl so make sure you maintain your beds and train them well. We did find if we let the beds get too thick with them the berry output seemed to suffer. Also makes a great container variety- my kids love to pick them out of the pots on the patio as they run by.
As with most berries, make sure your pH levels are close to the recommended values and you'll probably want to invest in some diatomaceous earth- as the slugs and snails also love these little guys.
Bottom line- these are the only strawberries I'll grow from now on.
I plant day-neautrals as an annual crop. After growing this variety for 2 years now this is the only one we want to grow. The scent and flavor is amazing. The plants are very vigorous and high producing. It's mid August and we are getting 4 quarts of berries off 100 plants every 3 days. You want to plant these at least a foot apart for airflow. Leaf spot is only issue I've had with these plants. I've been combating it with Biosafe disease control this year but it's still an issue. If you're able to do drip irrigation, that's the way to go. If you like strawberries, you need to try this variety!Dan L.
Dan from Minnesota.
The plants all put out new leaves quickly and the strawberries taste amazing. I do seem to have Common Spot on a few of the plants - this is a new planting bed, so I wouldn't think it was in my soil, which is why I deducted a point.Kate
I have been eating Mara des Bois since I discovered them in a French marche 15 years ago. They were delicious and became my favorite strawberry for the following reasons. They were of various sizes, which did not bother me, and they flowered and produced strawberries all summer long. The taste that I remembered in France came right back to life when I found that Norse carried this special berry. They are strong in that their roots are excellent, their leaves are a darker shade of green and they are a cross in taste of a cultivated and wild berry. They have the most ‘wild’ berry taste of all strawberries! They make excellent jam, and ice cream, and are simply brilliant eaten fresh from the plant. Buy many as they will not let you down. They are the taste of the perfect French strawberry that you can have in your own back yard!MrsG
My grandfather had a strawberry patch and I loved helping him pick them as a small child. No strawberry ever tasted as good until I planted Mara Des Bois. I ordered 50 plants, prepared the soil, and have been eating yummy berries all summer. The plants withstood the heat of our NC summer and continue to produce berries in late August. We have had an issue with leaf spot but given the heat and humidity we experience I’m not surprised. We’ll be planting a larger patch next year!Janice S
We are a small family farm known for high quality produce free of pesticides and artificial fertilizers. Mara Des Bois fits nicely with our produce line up. It stands out against our competitors offering and we are able to command premium over other growers.shawn
This variety definitely lives up to exceptional flavor and aroma. If you want the very best tasting berries for your home or for commercial growing, this variety is the one. the aroma itself is very intoxicating!!