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Wiki+ page: 64481

  • Hardiness Zone: Zone 5a: -20F to -15F
  • Average First Frost: October 1 - 10
  • Average Last Frost: April 21 - 30


Wiki+ page: Park's Whopper Strawberry

Park's Whopper Strawberry is a favorite across the U.S. and Canada for its superb adaptability and tough performance in the face of adversity!
  • This June-bearer boasts unrivalled winter hardiness, thriving even in the upper limits of zone 3.
  • And you'll just love the flavor of these plump, bright red, juicy berries!
  • Park's Whopper is a heavy-bearing strawberry, easy to grow and very productive.
  • It blooms in mid- to late spring, with handsome 1/2-inch flowers, and then sets a big crop of ultra-sweet, tender fruit.
    • Expect to harvest 1 to 3 pints from every plant!
  • Like most strawberries, Park's Whopper spreads by runners, reaching just about 6 inches high but spreading more than a foot wide.
  • Space plants 12 inches apart for dense coverage.
This is the strawberry to grow if you have uncooperative soil or unpredictable weather. It is a classic that has been tried and found superior in garden after garden, season after season! Among the best fruit crops for the home gardener, it proudly bears the Park's Whopper name! Zones 3-8.

Extra-large, plump, firm, and delicious fruit!

  • Genus: Fragaria
  • Species: x ananassa
  • Variety: Park's Whopper
  • Item Form: Pack of 25
  • Zone: 3 - 8
  • Bloom Start to End: Mid Spring - Late Spring
  • Fruit Color: Red
  • Habit: Prostrate
  • Plant Height: 6 in
  • Plant Width: 12 in - 20 in
  • Bloom Size: .5 in
  • Additional Characteristics: Berries, Easy Care Plants, Edible, Bird Lovers, Bloom First Year, Flower, Fragrance
  • Foliage Color: Dark Green
  • Harvest Season: Early Summer
  • Light Requirements: Full Sun
  • Moisture Requirements: Moist,  well-drained
  • Resistance: Cold Hardy, Disease Resistant, Pest Resistant
  • Soil Tolerance: Normal,  loamy
  • Uses:Baskets, Beds, Containers, Cuisine, Outdoor, Border, Ground Cover

Where to buy

Park Seed


Wiki+ page: Stark® Honeysweet Pear


A tasty pear – just right for eating fresh or canning. This variety is smooth, creamy and as sweet as honey. Tree is moderately disease-resistant to fireblight. Introduced by Stark Bro’s in 1979. Harvest in early September. Self-pollinating, but will yield larger crops when pollinated with Starking® Delicious™ or Moonglow. See more Recommended Pollinators below.


Bloom Color White
Fruit Color Yellow
Fruit Size Large
Pollination Self-pollinating
Ripens/Harvest Early September
Shade/Sun Full Sun
Soil Composition Loamy
Soil Moisture Well Drained
Soil pH Level 6.0 - 7.0
Taste Sweet As Honey
Texture Firm, Smooth
Years to Bear 4 - 6
Zone Range 5 - 8

Size & Spacing

Mature Size

The mature size of this variety depends on the version you choose to plant:
Standard 18 - 20' Tall X 12 - 13' Wide
Dwarf 8 - 10' Tall X 6 - 7' Wide

Recommended Spacing

The space needed for this variety to grow depends on the size you plant:
Standard 18 - 20'
Dwarf 8 - 10'

Recommended Pollinators

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!

Where to buy


Wiki+ page: Growing Parsnips



  •  Parsnips need
    • loose, fertile soil
      • that is free of stones and hard clods of compacted soil,
      • Loosen the soil to a depth of 2 feet and remove rocks and clods.
      • adding sand can be beneficial
    • with a pH between 6.0 and 7.0
  • Always use fresh seeds.
    • Seeds will not germinate after 1 year.
  • Parsnip seeds need a minimum of 46°F to germinate,
    • but even at this temperature they are liable to rot before they’ve had a chance to sprout.
    • If you can, wait until soil temperatures have reached a steady 50-54°F 
      • when the time for the seedlings to push through is dramatically reduced.
  • Sow 2 seeds per inch ½ an inch deep
    • You can interplant with radishes.
      • These should be harvested about the time the parsnips sprout.
  • Seedlings will emerge in 2-4 weeks
  • Thin the seedlings to stand 3-6 inches apart.
    • Thin every other one when an inch tall.
    • Thin again every few weeks
      • until plants are 6-10 inches apart.
    • Later thinnings can be eaten as miniature veggies

Companion Planting

Parsnip companion plants include other root vegetables such as garlic, onions, potatoes and radishes.
  • Parsnips also thrive in the same bed with peppers, bush beans and peas.
  • These plants support the health of your parsnips and keep pests away.
  • Radishes keep your garden free from cucumber beetles.
  • Onions keep away ants and aphids.
  • Garlic also keeps aphids away, in addition to mosquitoes.
Enemy plants of the parsnip include any plant of the genus Delphinium, such as the larkspur.
  • These perennial flowers look nice in the garden but should never be planted in the same bed with parsnips.


  • 1" water per week
    • Water to keep the soil consistently moist.


  • Parsnips mature in about 16 weeks.
  • Leave your parsnips in the ground for a few frosts but harvest before the ground freezes.
    • This process converts the starch within the roots into sugars, thereby giving them a far sweeter flavour.
  • A good source of vitamin C and several important minerals
  • Immediately cut off the tops and wash and refrigerate parsnips,
    • which will store in plastic bags in the refrigerator for up to two months.
  • you can lift and store parsnips in boxes of barely moist soil, peat or sand, and store in a cool place like a shed, garage or unheated greenhouse.
    • Roots can be stored like this for up to 4 months.





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