AAS WINNER DETAILS
Winner Type: National
Variety Name: Delizz® F1
Species: F. x ananassa
Common Name: Strawberry
Type: Edible – Vegetable
Breeder: ABZ Seeds
Close Market Comparison: Sarian F1, Loran F1
Duration Type: Annual
Hardy to Zone: 3
Light Needs: Full sun
Water Needs: Normal
Season Type: Warm season
Staking Required: No
Foliage Color: Dark green
Plant Habit: Compact, upright
Plant Height: 14 inches
Fruit Color (Harvest): Red
Fruit Shape: Conical
Fruit Size: 1.5 inches
Fruit Weight: .6 ounce
Fruit Flavor Description: Sweet and aromatic
Number Of Fruits Per Plant: 45
IN THE GARDEN
Garden Spacing: 20 inches
Days To Harvest (Sowing Seed): 120
Days To Harvest (Transplant): 60
Plant Spread: 12 inches
HOW TO GROW
Delizz is a DAY-NEUTRAL, which means its fruiting is unaffected by day length, making it possible to fruit continuously from June through summer until fall frost. There are four classifications of strawberries: June-bearing, ever-bearing (these are affected by day length and stop bearing during summer), day-neutral that are unaffected by day length, and alpine.
Additional information on your Delizz strawberry plant.
Jeff Nielsen –
2020 Update – I continue to grow Delizz . I have expanded my deck “stacking” pots. So much fun. What a plant ….. it’s like a weed but it grows beautiful strawberries. These plants are made for containers on your deck. Enjoy them by placing at waist or chest height to see them up close just like your flowers. While you can grow them in your garden, shine and show them off in your elevated deck pots. Beautiful green foliage, white flowers, red berries …… then dessert !! Oh my !!
When you grow these from seed, lay the seed on the surface. Do not cover it with ANYTHING. I use a seed starting mix to do this. I use a dome to cover them so the humidity is up. I start them at room temp with LED lights over them. Then they go into cooler areas like my basement, still with LED lights. I use regular potting soil for transplanting into containers and get them on your deck or window box and slowly expose to full sun (10-14 days).
Jeffrey Nielsen –
Here’s an update for this year’s crop, 2018 starting from seed in February. Transplanted in May, I grew Delizz in stacking planters, 4 plants per level/planter. I got a great crop in June and this picture was taken August 22 showing a second crop. This is in full sun. Fabulous performance. Zone 5b.
Pros: Productive, attractive and day-neutral Cons: small, dark, soft fruit with that methyl antrhanilate (think grape soda) flavor that you either love or hate… I hate that flavor
Jeff Nielsen –
Chicago Suburbs 5B
I just can’t say enough about these strawberries; “Strawberry Delizz.” They were developed in Holland from two inbred varieties to make an F1 seed named Delizz. They are Day Neutral. They are the first strawberry to EVER win an AAS award … and a National winner at that (2016 winner – if you don’t know about AAS, you should, imho).
I first grew these berries from seed starting late spring 2016, I just couldn’t find seeds until then!! I started the seeds directly outdoors in pots and then grew them on my “full sun” driveway for the rest of the summer/fall until I finally got a taste of them late that fall. I was bringing them in and out of my garage to protect them from cold so I could ripen off a few the berries to taste. Crazy, right? FINALLY …. it’s easy to call these berries excellent tasting, and even before they show full color, they are still excellent; sweet and crisp too !!
Despite the company calling these “annuals” they were spitting out runners like regular strawberries so I “Solo cupped” them up and had 70 beautiful new plants by late November. They are prolific to say the least. The new plants in the solo cups produced bloom/berries before they even rooted, it seemed. That’s when I knew this plant was special and just why it received an AAS award. Wow.
This was my first time over-wintering strawberry plants indoors. All went well until I woke them up too early and they caught a fungal infection on my basement floor. Cutting off the leaves and moving them into the sun solved the problem but I lost about 1/3rd of them. Actually they all could have been saved, but I had many more than needed and it was easier to toss the ones that didn’t respond as well.
About that same time (spring 17), I had planted more F1 seeds (purchased of course … seeds from F1 plant fruit would not be true to type). Sprouting these guys is pretty straight forward, imho. When they were an inch high and I fertilized them (way too much) …. that same fungus hit about half of the plants and once again, moving them into the sun solved the problem again.
That brings us to this summer. The plants in the pots you see here are from the seeds started this year; first year plants, 1 plant in each 11 inch sized pot. The picture tells the rest.
The over-wintered plants were transplanted into pots as well, and while doing well, they are not the quality of the first year plants pictured with this post. In all fairness, it could be that they are just a little behind. Furthermore, they also have different soil so I am not sure this is a good or fair comparison. Having said that, they are still doing quite well and producing berries too…. just not with the vigor of these first year plants from seeds, who just gush with production of fruit and runners. I haven’t cut the runners off, yet. For more fruit production, I should snip them off, but I still may want to try the over winter thing again … not sure. My cheap butt hates to admit it, but they just may be worth growing as annuals like the company suggest. Sigh. 😉
This variety was developed in Holland but was available this 2017 spring year in the US as established plants in containers. Seeds are more readily available at this time as well. If you are going to germinate seeds, Stokeseeds has some helpful hints on this variety … it looks like I had my germination temps too high.
I would recommend this amazing plant as a replacement for your front porch flower pots next spring, at least the full sun “flower” pots. I have not grown them in my garden, just in pots on my deck as shown. I have a vertical growing stack of these guys as well, more on that later.
It’s an outright gorgeous plant ….. and then … it’s easy to grow, has beautiful blooms and beautiful red fruit you can eat.
This is the plant you’ve been look for.
No, I don’t work for the company, but I sure wish I was the one who developed this gem. ?