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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

21 Mar 15, Eileen (Australia - temperate climate)
Question: We are buying a home that has strawberries growing, do I replant the runners now, we get heavy frosts in our area. The strawberries have runners every where, in the garden beds and on the ground Thank you. Your advice would be appreciated
21 Mar 15, Dave (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
What do you do with the runners and what do you do with the plant during winter, or is it just a summer plant? Does the plant withstand frosts? I have runners creeping out all over the place mixed in with my pumpkins and tomatoes?
18 Mar 15, jen (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
My wild strawberries are growing but have no fruit yet or flowers when will I get a crop I water them every day? Live in Ferntree gully Victoria Australia
18 Jan 15, Kyle (Australia - temperate climate)
What I do is plant the new runners once they get a bit of length on them and wait till they establish themselves then I cut the cord joining them. That way I have another bush producing fruit
16 Jan 15, Kyle (Australia - temperate climate)
Is there a way to increase the size of my Strawberries? They grow normal size (approx. 20c piece) and taste great. I want to be able to increase the size to the jumbo strawberries. Is it the type of plant or is there something I can add?
18 Jan 15, Ferran (Australia - temperate climate)
Different varieties grow to different sizes, you can get miniature alpine varieties as well as jumbo ones. Plenty of consistent water with good drainage can increase size as well as lots of compost. cutting of the runners is essential for a full crop. One tip I haven’t tried on strawberries is watering them with whey from cheese making, or milk that has gone off for a slight boost in calcium.
11 Jan 15, Thelma Dunning (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
my strawberry plants are healthy but my strawberry's won't grow any larger then my little fingernail then they ripen.
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
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