Growing Strawberry Plants

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Strawberry Plants in USA - Zone 5a regions)

P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

  • Easy to grow. Plant with crown (of roots) just covered.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 39 inches 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
  • Strawberry plants

Strawberries are low-growing leafy plants which grow 12-15cm (about 6 inches) tall and will spread to about 50-100cm (20-40 inches). They have five petalled white or pink flowers. The flowers are followed by the 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 which will take root to form new plants. Cut them off and leave the parent growing. You can transplant the runners or let them grow where they rooted to produce 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 and mildew 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!

Strawberry plants often need replacing after a few years as they get affected by viruses and stop producing well.

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.

A quick jam of diced strawberries cooked in the microwave with an equal weight of sugar until completely soft won't keep but can be used right away.

Your comments and tips

10 Jan 21, Jeanine Eastham (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I am looking for the Best varieties for Claremont CA. 10b. I just south of the 210 Frwy, and almost as far West as La Verne where it can be very hot in summer, but is about 8 degrees cooler on average than at the Clarmont Civic Center.
12 Jan 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Look for internet sites that sell crowns, ring them if you like and ask.
26 Dec 20, Richard levada (USA - Zone 10a climate)
My zone is10A (Fort Myers, FL) and for planting they recommend from Dec to Mar. Gurneys will only send out strawberry root plants in the spring (March). How can I store these plants until December? or what would you recommend?
30 Dec 20, (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Go back to strawberry page and set your climate zone to 10a. Plant April/May and Sept/Oct.
06 Dec 20, Stev (USA - Zone 9a climate)
I live in zone 9 a. Which plants can tolerate the heat and cold?
07 Dec 20, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9a climate)
You have an April/May and Sept/Oct planting time. Check around your area for what varieties grow in your zone/area. Google about varieties.
24 Nov 20, Steven (USA - Zone 13b climate)
what are some possible strawberry varieties for zone 12-13 I garden in humid-tropical South Sudan
25 Nov 20, (USA - Zone 10b climate)
Look for ones that grow late autumn into winter.
14 Nov 20, Thomas Brown (USA - Zone 3b climate)
Best strawnerries to grow in zone 3B
16 Nov 20, Anonymous (USA - Zone 5a climate)
Find a company on the internet that sells the new crowns/runners and ask them.
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Look for ones that grow late autumn into winter.

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