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Growing Strawberry Plants

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(Best months for growing Strawberry Plants in Australia - temperate regions)

P = Plant in the garden.

  • Easy to grow. Plant with crown (of roots) just covered.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 - 100 cm apart
  • Harvest in approximately 11 weeks. Strawberries bruise easily when ripe, handle carefully. Pick with a small piece of stem attached..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation
  • Avoid growing close to: If you are using rotation beds, avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant
  • Ripening fruit
    Ripening fruit
  • Strawberry plants
    Strawberry plants

Strawberries are low-growing, leafy plants,between 12-15cm (about 6 inches) high and will spread to about 50-100cm (20-40 inches). They have five petalled flowers, usually white or sometimes pink. The flowers are followed by delicious red fruits, which have their seeds on the outside. Later in the season, the plants send out runners like thin stems, across the garden. They will take root to form new plants. Cut them off and leave the parent growing.

At the end of fruiting, trim off old yellow leaves and clean up any mouldy fruit still attached.

Strawberries like well drained soil with plenty of humus . To prepare your bed, dig in some compost before planting and possibly use a liquid fertiliser during the growing season. Well fed strawberries taste better. To protect the fruit from moulds, use some form of mulch around the plants. Straw, pine needles, or black plastic are all suitable. Mulch will also help suppress weeds. Protect your plants with some sort of netting or bird scarer or you will lose most of your crop.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Strawberry Plants

Pick strawberries and eat them straight from the garden - warm from the sunshine, delicious!

Strawberries can be used in any dessert needing soft fruit or berries. Summer pudding which also has raspberries and blackberries or boysenberries, mousse, trifle, dipped in melted chocolate or just with cream.
Sprinkle a bowl of strawberries with balsamic vinegar and a little sugar to enhance the flavour and colour.

Your comments and tips

19 Apr 17, Heidi (Australia - temperate climate)
I see from this article that I have done everything incorrectly! As strawberry plants were available at the nursery during the summer, I purchased a punnet and put them in. They all produced heaps of runners, a few flowers and a strawberry or two, which the bugs promptly demolished. I'd like to keep persevering, but need the space in my raised bed for other veg. Is it ok therefore to transplant the strawberry plants into pits for the winter, or are they unlikely to survive? Thanks for any help you can provide.
20 Apr 17, shane (Australia - temperate climate)
I grow Borage and Passionfruit among my strawberries with great success. Both are useful in the kitchen and 'companion plant' with my strawberries, saving me time and work in the garden too. The Borage prefers a shadier spot than the others, and suffers a little in summer, but copes ell enough.
20 Apr 17, Giovanni (Australia - temperate climate)
gardenersface all sorts of chaallenges and should never write themselves off. The upside of your experience is that you have a lot of runners that you can plant. The runners will grow even if they currently don't have roots. Lift all of the plants and trim the roots. Remove most of the leaves by shearing them off withh secateurs or a stout pair of scissors. make a nbarrow trench and pack them in it side by side. Give them a good water to settle them in and they can stay there until late winter when they will start to sprout. When you have planted them in their permanent home you could make a frame over them with sticks oir prunings and drape old net curtain ver it. This will cost you nothing or only a few dollars from an 'op shop, and will stop birds and butterflies getting to them. If it is grubs, etc. getting to them spray them with Natures Way Caterpiller spray. This is totally saafe and non-toxic. All the best for next season.
16 Apr 17, Tana (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the timing to grow from seeds?
17 Apr 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
Strawberry seed can be sown indoors in the winter months for transplanting outside in late Spring. Chill the seeds for 2 or 3 weeks indoor first and cover the seed with 2 or 3 times their depth with mix. Seeds will take about a month to germinate in soil that is about 20 degrees.
26 Mar 17, Kylie (Australia - temperate climate)
I've just received a shopping bag full of runners from a friend. It is now Autumn in Ballarat Victoria, how should I plant these now? Thanks
27 Mar 17, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
Autumn is a good time to plant strawberry runners. Clean up any dead material from around each plant, cutting off any dead leaves or broken roots at the same time. plant them in rows or large tubs to which you have added old cow manure or compost if you can. Many people used to put down plastic and plant them in slits in the plastic. This was to reduce weeds, conserve water and keep the fruit clean. The downside, very hot soil in the summer which kills soil life and difficulty in watering. Ideally use a natural mulch such as pine needles, sugar cane mulch or straw. you can also use autumn leaves. Spread the leaves over the lawn and run the mower over them. This will give you a blend of grass and chopped up leaves which will be free and make a good mulch.
18 Mar 17, Di (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi I grew some strawberries in styrofoam boxes late year. Can't remember the name but they were small and delicious. Unfortunately, they did not send out runners and eventually died off. Do some do this or have I done something wrong. I have just bought a couple of punnets from Bunnings and they already have runners. How do I propegate if no runners set? Thanks Di
26 Apr 17, Mardi (Australia - temperate climate)
Hi Di, I think the Strawberries you had are called Alpine Strawberries they do not have runners and are very sweet. I have just sown some seeds (Yates) which I bought on the internet but pretty sure Bunnings have them. I just have to hope they will germinate.
20 Mar 17, Ken (Australia - temperate climate)
The Diggers Club on the Mornington Peninsula near Melbourne list a non-running variety called 'Temptation'. This may be the one you are looking for.
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