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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
  • 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.

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

02 Aug 15, Christo Smit (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Will strawberries grow on the West Coast (Darling district)?
26 Jul 15, Nolo Maqubela (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
My strawberries are being eaten by a snail like gogga, what organic method can I use to prevent them from eating the fruit?
27 Jul 15, Barbee (USA - Zone 8a climate)
Here in the US we have a product called: "Sluggo" a pelleted bait that works on snails as well as slugs. (Inexpensive too.) The label says it is safe for both pets and food crops-and it biodegrades. I use it for my strawberries and it works well for me. Look and see if you can use it or it is available in your country. Good Luck. P.S. I buy mine at Home Depot home improvement store and it's available on Amazon.
27 Jul 15, jade morris (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Put a tub of beer and dishquid next to the plants. they are attracted to the beer and they get drunck fall in and can't get out.
26 Jul 15, Grace Elliott (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a couple of strawberry plants growing in a pot. My problem is that the strawberries aren't ripening, instead they are turning brown. This is my first time growing strawberries so I don't have any idea what I'm doing wrong. Can you help?
06 Jul 15, Cheyne Woods (Australia - temperate climate)
I had something similar happen around this time last year, I'm pretty sure its a seasonal thing as mine came green again in spring. I just made sure to water them regularly and remove any dead foliage that i found
04 Jul 15, bec (Australia - temperate climate)
Strawberry plant turning red... Dose this mean it's dying? Is there something I can do to save it.?
16 Jun 15, Paul (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Hello I want to start growing strawberries in Zambia; where can I be getting the runners or cultivers. There is no supplier in Zambia? Zambia is in the tropics. Thank you
10 May 15, Hannes Meyer (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I am in Pretoria region. I want to know where I can buy strawberry plants. If you can advise me I'll appreciate it. Thanks Hannes.
10 Jun 15, Christoph (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Hello Hannes, Ons het veels te veel plante bestel vir ons projek. Ons is in Rustenburg. Jy kan by ons organiese Selecta kultivar kry.
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