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Growing Strawberry Plants

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

18 Apr 16, Pam Elizabeth LLoyd (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I have bought 3 healthy looking strawberry plants and each one of them seem to start off well , then the plant starts to looks sick and all the strawberries that grow are not bright red, brownish and just die off. The leaves also do not look healthy. I have planted them in a planter with lots of compost. What am I doing wrong??
12 Apr 16, Julie (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted certified strawberry plants last year in a raised bed. They finished fruiting and i would like to lift them and trim and then replant as the soil level has sunk and there's a lot of couch and clover in the bed. Can i do it now? Living in west gippsland.
24 Apr 16, Ivan (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello Julie: now would be a good time - there will still be some warmth in both the soil and air that will help the roots re-establish before the Gippsland cold sets in. Some may flower but the fruiting won't proceed.
14 Mar 16, Adrian manshanden (Australia - temperate climate)
How many seasons do you keep plants & can u replant in same bed
10 Mar 16, Pat Connolly (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Most other sources indicate that the best time to plant strawberries in South Africa is March or April, yet you recommend planting in August or September. Which is correct??
20 Apr 16, Chris (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
It will vary according to the climate zone.
29 Feb 16, Gail (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
When is the best time to separate and plant out old strawberry plants? I live in the Kimbeley area. My plants bear fruit around October, November and early December. They are now dormant.
24 Feb 16, Lolyn Garcia (Australia - temperate climate)
Thank you for the information and tips since this will be our first time to plant strawberry runners. What is the best kind of soil for strawberries ? I am thinking of growing them in our backyard on a vertical garden set-up ...hanging on our wall using small plastic pots about 500 of them here in Longford, Tasmania. I guess summer here has ended and it's starting to get cooler again. Would it be advisable to start planting these 500 runners all at the same time this March ? Reading more tips shall be highly appreciated.
21 Feb 16, john kelly (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have a garden bed full of strawberry plants,not sure where to go from here,New to sub tropics. .Don't imagine they will go dormant? How many seasons can I expect from a plant ?
28 Feb 16, lolie (Australia - temperate climate)
A new plant will usually give good fruit for 3 or 4 years. Remember, though, that the runners are the same age as the parent plant. I made the mistake of mixing old plants with new in my bed and now that it's heading towards time to start culling them for overwintering, it's a bit of a pain and I'm tempted to pull the lot and start again in a few months with all new plants.
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