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Growing Strawberry Plants


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

P = Plant direct in garden where they are to grow.

  • 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 in same bed): Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation
  • Avoid growing in same bed: If you are using rotation beds, avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant
  • Ripening fruit
  • 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.

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

24 Nov 14, paul andrie grado (Australia - tropical climate)
can i grow strawberry in the philippines it is hot in here
22 Nov 14, phillip (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
how to grow strawberries in subtropical weather
28 Oct 14, (Australia - temperate climate)
Could be overfertilising
19 Oct 14, Cynthia (Australia - temperate climate)
We have nice big strawberries, but they are a bit bland is there anything we can add to the soil or water in. Also something is taking big chunks out of some of them. could you please give us some advice as my little grandson loves the strawberries thank you
19 Aug 14, Marika (Australia - temperate climate)
My strawberries are fruiting like crazy but all of them even greenish ones are mush. Please help.
21 Sep 14, Dan (Australia - temperate climate)
Could be over watering or botrytis rot. Are they showing any sign of mold?
29 Apr 14, Jack (Australia - temperate climate)
My strawberry plants have sent out heaps of runners when do I cut them off.?
29 Apr 14, kay leemon (Australia - temperate climate)
Could you please tell me what to do with my strawberry plants. They are in their second year and have gone mad with lots of leaves and runners. Do I cut them right back? Awaiting your reply.
17 Jun 14, farmgrl (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
It is best to cut them and dig up the roots (if they have rooted) many recommend replanting runners in a different location to avoid disease I have never done this tho and am relatively successful with them being in the same place for years. The runners seem to produce a bit more prolific but not by much but you should replace plants every 3 to 4 years.
16 Jun 14, guy (Australia - temperate climate)
I did not 2 years. I got a lot of strawberry but as big.I think it is best to cut them and plant them or give them away
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