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Growing Strawberry Plants

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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
    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

03 Aug 18, Ken ODonnell (Australia - temperate climate)
Why do my strawberries go mouldy ? I have them in raised garden pots and on mulch. The 1st fruits didnt go mouldy . Thankyou,
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Ken, sorry to hear you're having mold problems with yr strawberries. I', not in your zone and although I am currently growing 4 strawberry plants that were a gift to me (I have them under a roughly-made 'cloche-shaped' wire because something trampled some of my vegies - possum or some such). They are looking healthy although I am fairly certain (not 100% and have not checked) that like tomatoes, they do not like to have their leaves wet (says me. who often wets them both). and that this causes all sorts of diseases, one of which may be mold (it would make sense)? I am a newbie gardener and learning as I go. But do check such things as watering (frequently/infrequently - can be a problem and cause diseases) feeding, etc. esp in this case things like strawberry diseases (Australia), etc. Also, try to buy old seed, heirlooms etc. A basil disease that has been in the USA for about ten years has now hit Australia. As far as I know it is in Qld and Northern NSW. One person admitted selling diseased basil seeds. I could be jumping the gun but I believe this would not happen with old varieties. Best *PS Can someone tell me whether or not I can plant out various and different seedlings, (instead of) where the Gardenate planting reminder mailout says 'sow seed? Thanks in advance.
06 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Google gray mold in strawberries.
29 Jul 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Hi Mike, and all, Thanks for the drum on strawberries. All being well, I'll plant toda─╝y. Appreciated :)
30 Jul 18, Mike L (Australia - temperate climate)
Jane, if you are in sub tropical then you may be too late to produce a crop this year. Best time to plant sub tropical is early mid April. We are picking strawbs now. If you are going to plant now - plant a few and use the runners produced over summer/autumn for new plants next April. A few plants will produce a lot of new runners.
05 Jul 18, Dietmar Frey (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
How can we help a young boy start his own garden from scratch, where there is not a lot of water.
09 May 18, Ann (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks Mike. Your suggestions are helpful and make good sense!
11 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Years ago I just planted things and hoped for the best - I grew pretty good crops of vegies though - some failures to. The last 18 mths I have researched and read a lot on the internet. I'm doing a lot of fine tuning of growing things now. I have learnt heaps about pollinating zucchini, cues, pumpkin etc. When it is better to grow capsicums and beans. Make and apply compost and mulch. Shade young seed/plants while they establish. it is a never ending game to improve.
02 May 18, Carmel (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Wanting to move strawberry plants (have a couple of old wheel barrows I want to use) Don't know age of existing plants. Should I plant just the runners or use older plants as well? New home to be built on garden site!!! Won't be living close by so will these plants be ok if watered twice a week over the next six months???
04 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
As a guide plants that have had 2 crops of fruit should be replaced with new runners. Plant new runners. Once planted mulch around the plants. Put a watering drip system under the mulch if possible. If possible put them where they will receive some shade each day - in the morning or late arvo. Strawberries have a shallow root system so give them a good watering 2-3 times a week at least - more if possible. Try not to wet the leaves and fruit when they starting produce fruit.
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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?

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