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Growing Strawberry Plants

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

P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • 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 beside): Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation
  • Avoid growing close to: 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

17 Aug 17, Stephen Hughes (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted 12 seeds in a pot 17 weeks ago. One plant came up beautifully in 10 days, another came up 4 weeks later. This 2nd one is still tiny but has many leaves. Best sun I can get is 5-6 hrs about midday. Is the lack of sun the reason I have no flowers?
17 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Go to Veggies and Herbs at the top of the page and read about growing them. Strawberries seeds or strawberries plants. Seeds sound like a lot of work. Put seeds in a fridge for 3-4 weeks. It says can take 2-8 weeks to germinate. 12 mths to grow. Much easier to use plants. Not many flowers the first year by the sounds of it. Maybe enough sun but watering and fertilizing is important. Too much N and all leaf. Needs a bit of K for fruiting.
21 Aug 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Watched a video today and it said strawberries can take up to 2 yrs to produce fruit from planting seeds. She recommended buying fresh root stock. Make sure there is some green growth on them.
31 Jul 17, Julie (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
From what do you get your strawberry plant from seeds or what? I do know you can buy the plants but how is it created?
25 Jul 17, john (Australia - temperate climate)
I have just planted strawberries in a tub facing north , but where should i have them please .
26 Jul 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Your location is fine. If it is against a wall that will get hot in the summer you may need to move them to a north-easterly or easterly aspect
26 Jul 17, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
The best place is to give them sun all or most of the day - is the important thing.
18 Jul 17, Vanessa Davis (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hello !!! Can Strawberries grow as a creeper on the fence (or will it spoil the growth...... or must it be flat on the ground ?
16 Jun 17, Jean (Australia - temperate climate)
As far as I know, you are meant to cut off all the flowers as soon as they appear for the first year. The plant needs more energy to establish roots, etc. then the next year, you can let them flower and fruit and you should have a more abundant crop.
21 Jun 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Commercial growers here plant the strawberry runners in late April May. After the crop has been picked they plough them in. A one year crop. They buy new runners each year under contract - special patented varieties. Generally a home gardener may leave a few plants at the end of the season to keep over for the following year. During the late summer these will start to develop runners - you use these for the next crop. Doing this for years will produce an inferior fruit over years I believe.
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