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Growing Strawberry Plants

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(Best months for growing Strawberry Plants in USA - Zone 7b regions)

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  • 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
    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

10 Dec 16, Lindy (Australia - temperate climate)
I've had a good crop of strawberries over winter but December seems too hot. Can I do something to store the plants during hot summer in north Qld?
10 Dec 16, chris (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
Can strawberries be grown in Durban?
01 Jan 17, Catherine (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
There is a stunning hydroponics plant which produces strawberries on the North Coast. I know the owner had troubles at first, but he has mastered the skills now. Google Farmer's Weekly article of 2014-2015 (I think)
10 Dec 16, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I don't see why not. I live in temperate Australia but they are grown from Tasmania in the south well into Queensland in the north. Check an atlas for latitude. Happy strawberry growing!
08 Oct 16, Capt. Siphosabafazi Katamzi (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Kindly advise, I am in in the Mpumalanga province of South Africa. Where can I buy strawberry seedlings?
26 Sep 16, jan (Australia - temperate climate)
lHave been searching west australia for hokowase strawberry plants. No luck. Can anyone tell me where to get them?
18 Sep 16, Sharron Berry (USA - Zone 5b climate)
How do I winter Strawberries in ZONE 5b we have a very short growing season and are at 9000 feet. We tend to get a perma frost
18 Sep 16, Liz (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Sharron, you can lift your plants and save the runners with roots started. If no runners then just use the plants. Wrap them in sacking and keep dry and out of the frost until you are ready to plant them. Then water well and plant as usual. They will take a little while to get started, starting them inside in pots might help.
10 Aug 16, Langa Twaise (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am interested in growing strawberries in the EC, former Transkei. Is this a good place to grow this kind of crop, what should I look out for?
25 Jul 16, isabella (Australia - temperate climate)
Gypsum does work but it is not instant. I prepare a new area I want to plant with lots of gypsum six months before I want to plant it up. Then at 3 months before I dig it again and add really rich good compost. Finally when it comes time to plant I did it again and then plant. My garden gets lots of positive comments. Do no buy "doctored" gypsum where sand has been added. You can tell later if it has had sand added as the gypsum and the sand join together to make hard unusable lumps. The gypsum you buy should be 99 per cent all gypsum.
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