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Sparkle Strawberry

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Item #135359, Single Plant in 4” Pot.
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Shining taste and appearance. Medium-sized fruit has outstanding flavor whether they’re enjoyed fresh, frozen, or in preserves. Plants are productive and easy to grow, bearing reliable crops of deep red berries even in northern gardens. Escapes frost injury. Cold-hardy. Ripens in late June. Self-pollinating.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Red
Fruit Size Medium
Pollination Self-Pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Late June
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 5.5 - 6.5
Taste Sweet/juicy
Texture Firm
Years to Bear 1 - 3
Zone Range 4 - 8

Zone Compatibility

This Variety's Zone Range 4 - 8
My Hardiness Zone ?
The USDA hardiness zones offer a guide to varieties that will grow well in certain climates. Each zone corresponds to the minimum winter temperatures experienced in a given area. Make sure that your hardiness zone lies within the zone compatability range of this variety before ordering.

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

When your plant matures, it will be approximately 12" tall x 12" wide.

Recommended Spacing

We recommend spacing these plants 12" apart to ensure room for growth.


This variety is self pollinating.

In many cases, you may still want to plant pollinating partners to increase the size of your crops, but with self-pollinating varieties doing so is optional. You'll get fruit with only one plant!

Tools & Supplies

Having the proper tools and supplies when growing your own can make the difference between a good harvest and a great harvest! Here's a list that our experts recommend for this variety.

Planting & Care

Learn all about how to grow strawberry plants in The Growing Guide. An entire section of our website dedicated to your growing success.

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Why did you choose this?
Stark Bro's Store
Recommended by local newspaper for my growth zone.
Nancy C on Jun 9, 2020
Grew these years ago when I was a kid with my father had very good results with this variety
Ernest B on Apr 23, 2020
Recommended by local newspaper for my growth zone.
Nancy C on Jun 9, 2020
wanted a different variety but was not in stock so just decided to try this variety
Thomas W on Apr 25, 2020
Grew these years ago when I was a kid with my father had very good results with this variety
Ernest B on Apr 23, 2020
i want a sweet firm strawberry.
Diane M on Apr 11, 2020
Sparkle is just about one of the best strawberries we know. Late season, yes, but fully flavored.
Martha B on Mar 30, 2020
Excellent Berry and raised in the past
Christopher C on Feb 26, 2020
I chose Sparkle berries based on the reviews of others. I???m re-doing the garden layout and really wanted to add strawberries for making jam! Looking forward to picking my own next year!
Laurie C on May 4, 2019
They are an easy to grow variety and are good for northern gardens.They are cold hardy.
THOMAS M on Mar 28, 2019
I'm growing both jewel and sparkle to see for myself which one has the better taste
RUSSELL P on Mar 28, 2019
I am looking for a everbearing strawberry, as I like to have strawberries throughout the summer season
Thomas L on Mar 27, 2019
Stated resistant to rot. Berries looked smooth and uniform. I don't need the biggest berries. Needed more plants
Doris N on Mar 24, 2019
Good for freezing and jams as well as fresh. Also spring frost hardy
Mary K on Mar 16, 2019
Had them before; good experience
Tom G on Mar 12, 2019
I've grown this variety for 40 years with success.
Carol E on Mar 11, 2019
Sparkle strawberry is a family favorite. Have grown them for years.
Linda W on Mar 5, 2019
Key words like "reliable", size, cold hardy.
Beverlee C on Aug 9, 2018
Friend who raised strawberries for a living recommended Sparkle.
Ernest B on Jun 16, 2018
I have before and produce very well.
Roger S on May 10, 2018
My father had a strawberry patch of 2500 Sparkle plants when I was a boy. They were the best strawberries among the several varieties we raised! They???re sweet picking them right off the vine and make excellent strawberry jam, they freeze well and are an outstanding strawberry!
Jeff B on May 9, 2018
I worked on my neighbor's strawberry farm many years ago. This is a great producing, very reliable variety that is delicious fresh, in jam, or frozen.
JAMES M on May 17, 2017
We've had them before and love the taste, productivity, freezability, and the sparkle !
Deborah P on Apr 14, 2017
I have had Sparkle variety strawberry in the past and liked them for their flavor and firmness. It is a late ripening Junebearer. "Fruit, Berry, and Nut Inventory" Fourth Edition states that Sparkle does extremely well on clay soil. Also, it is a late bloomer and is rarely affected by frosts.
DALE S on Mar 14, 2017
My Daughter picked it.
Aaron S on Jan 26, 2017
Latter bearing berry than the Honeoye.
REBECCA S on Jun 17, 2016
We have had Sparkle before and loved their flavor, color and size.
James B on Jun 8, 2016
Very prolific, easy to care for, and they freeze well.
NORMAN F on May 31, 2016
My friend says they are THE best flavor.
ann c on Apr 16, 2016
This is the tastiest strawberry I have ever grown. Now if only I can keep the deer from eating the plants before I can!!
PAMELA B on Mar 27, 2016
Heavy producer in clay soil
JADA U on Mar 5, 2016
Sparkle and EarliGlo have been two of my favorite strawberries to grow.
CRAIG W on Mar 3, 2016
wanted a different variety but was not in stock so just decided to try this variety
Thomas W on Apr 25, 2020
i want a sweet firm strawberry.
Diane M on Apr 11, 2020
I planted Sparkle and two other June bearing strawberries in my high tunnel in zone 7B, last May. Had tons of runners so I pruned them back. I had a few strawberries in December that froze when temp got to 29s in the high tunnel. Now at end of February they are blooming again and I have a lot of little strawberries on them. Will these gyowbandvripen if temps stay above freezing in the highbtunnel and will they put on another crop in June if I leave them alone and just fertilize them. Wondering if the will do better moving them into the garden and cutting them back and mulching over winter?
LudyLudy on Mar 1, 2018
BEST ANSWER: They only bloom and fruit once a year. The early blooms take a long time to turn into fruit and ripen.
I planted these in mid-September in zone 5b and I checked last weekend and there???s already some foliage under the leaves. Should I uncover and subject it to the weather or leave it covered? I???m not sure if it ever went dormant but I???m assuming so.
James D on Feb 28, 2020
BEST ANSWER: I keep mine covered until there is no more threat of frost/freeze. I live in zone 5a, I looked 2 weeks ago and had green leaves also. But I would wait to uncover.
If I plant Sparkle Strawberry in early April will it bear fruit this year?
jjgarden on Mar 25, 2016
BEST ANSWER: Yes it will bear a small amount but the first year the blossoms should be pinched off so that the plant will concentrate all of its nutrients into the plant for a stronger healthier plant. Hope this helps.
Are these plants or bareroot?
Donna M on May 6, 2020
BEST ANSWER: If my memory serves me right, I believe they were plants as I seem to recall them sitting in pots and ???runners??? going over to another pot or patch of soil before I actually planted them in the raised bed we were creating!!!
Tell me strawberry that is red all the way through?. Jack Leake
Jack L. on Sep 18, 2018
BEST ANSWER: Yes, the strawberry is red all the way through when ripe.
Sparkle strawberries are excellent for eating fresh and they make a great
jam too.
If planted in the previous fall, can we harvest spring or do have to wait a year?
Ciska H on Aug 14, 2017
BEST ANSWER: Just north of Boston where I do my gardening, we need to plant the strawberries the spring before we can expect any yield. You need enough growing season to let the plants produce their runners and the next generation. I would also think more than two months needed for the plants to be well enough established to face our local winter on their own. The wait is worth it,,,Sparkle has been a good berry for us. Good luck...D
Are these non-gmo?
Kerry W on May 8, 2020
BEST ANSWER: Stark Bro???s does not knowingly grow or offer genetically engineered plants or trees. We either graft our trees or grow them from cuttings.
how many plants do I need for a 4 by 12 foot raised garden bed?
Connie S on Apr 17, 2018
BEST ANSWER: One plant per square foot, which would be 48 plants.

Customer Reviews

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Growing up on a strawberry farm in WI, my family grew sparkles along with a few other varities. Years later I thought I would try growing them again! We planted (50 plants) in spring, picked the blossoms the first year and covered them in fall. The following summer we were picking roughly 5 flats a day for about 3-4weeks. Very prolific and excellent for fresh eating, freezing, canning and jams. An old family favorite
March 5, 2017
Didn't work for us
We ordered Sparkle, Honeoye, and Ozark Strawberries in Spring of 2016. Over half of the Sparkles died. Stark replaced them with Ozarks, which grow much better for us. Not impressed with Sparkle Strawberries, but happy that Stark stands by their products!
February 26, 2017
The Only Strawberry for me!
We try to eat fruit in season because that is when it is the freshest and best. June is strawberry month! Sparkle is the berry. It is the end of May and I am picking about three cups a day from my small patch and will be picking more each day by the middle of June then production will slowly taper off. Sparkle berries are firm, very sweet and bright red all the way through. There is nothing better than a fresh picked, warm from the sun Sparkle strawberry. I have been raising strawberries for my family for over 30 years and Sparkle is the only one I will grow.
May 28, 2016
over 5 years ago
Old Fashioned Sparkle Strawberries
Ordered these last year , planted in the spring and had strawberries most of the summer. I live in far SW Montana , zone 3 and these strawberries have all come back this spring , very hardy and I highly reccommend them to anyone looking for Strawberry plants.
May 14, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sparkle Strawberry
25 out of 25 plants have survived so far and some of them even have blossoms. This is why I come to Stark Bros.
May 9, 2016
over 5 years ago
Great Producer!!
We live in the Northeast, supposedly zone 4, probably edge of zone 3. Sparkle produced quarts and quarts of large blemish-free strawberries in mid-June 2015. The second flush produced more quarts but berries were smaller. For our family we had enough to freeze for the year. My neighbor recommended this variety and now I also heartily recommend it. Thank you for keeping it in stock.
May 16, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sparkles always make me smile
I've grown Sparkles for years. They're robust, produce gorgeous - mediun size fruit (I don't like "giant" berries) and the plants make an abundance of runners.
May 9, 2016
over 6 years ago
Sparkle Strawberry
I am beyond happy with my strawberry purchase. My family and I have been enjoying delicious berries this summer! So yummy! ??
June 28, 2016
over 5 years ago
Strawberry strife
Very cold New York winter, mulched my first year sparkles spring survival of ten to twelve. Growing well flowers forming looking forward to first harvest. Deer are as well so chicken wire protection is a must. Worth the efforts want more.
May 16, 2018
over 3 years ago
Nothing beats a fresh picked strwberry
After waiting a year to pick the first berry it's hard to wait that long but soooooo worth the wait they are delicious
May 22, 2016
over 5 years ago