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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 Mar 14, Jill (Australia - temperate climate)
To avoid the problem of birds getting to your strawberries, plant brightly coloured petunia in the same bed. I had a great crop this year and didn't lose any to the birds.
12 Mar 14, Dan (Australia - temperate climate)
Try Bunnings, they usually have some hanging around for about $3 to $4
10 Feb 14, Christine (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I bought a potted strawberry plant (no name). Since I planted it 6 months ago, it has thickened and "clumped" rather than put out runners. There have been lots of flowers, but the leaves are so thick and dense, the fruit shrivels before it gets ripe. The few that have made it to ripe are very flavoursome. Should I thin out the leaves to allow the fruit to see the light? Any ideas what the name of this strawberry is?
07 Feb 14, susan (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a lot of strawberry plants which last year gave a good crop of fruit. This year they are only producing runners and leaves and little fruit. I have fed with a 'flower and fruit' fertiliser, added organic matter to the impoverished soil, and mulched. It has been very hot this summer in the Canberra region so I have tried to keep water up. Please, what am I doing wrong?
07 Feb 14, Mary (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I would love some pants but fear that I'm too late. Will you let me know?
06 Feb 14, doug mcdougall (Australia - temperate climate)
I have heaps of strawberry runners and will be splitting them in March/april if anyone is interested. can post packed in sawdust from Inglewood in QLD
24 Dec 13, Maureen Salter (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a raised garden bed of strawberries. I have lots of flowers and the fruit starts to form then they just shrivel up. The plants have been in a couple of years and look very healthy otherwise. Can you give me any clues why this happens?
21 Oct 13, Bev (Australia - tropical climate)
Hi l have purchased some different coloured strawberry seeds.Can you please tell me when and how to sow Cheers Bev
29 Sep 13, Rosie Kun (Australia - temperate climate)
Dear Gardenate, Could you please advise why I have Yellow leaves growing in my strawberry plants and should I remove these? Many thanks for your assistance. Much appreciated. Kind regards Rosie
24 Sep 13, fonsie (Australia - temperate climate)
one of my favourite ways to eat strawberries is heated with a little balsamic and sugar. Serve with fresh chocolate mint and ice cream.
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