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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

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.
07 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
If possible take the wheel barrows with you - set them up where you are going to live.
30 Apr 18, Gavy (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi I lives in Melbourne and planning to plant strawberries into big pots. Is May month is right time to plant them? I am planning to buy 20 small plants from the market.
01 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You are temperate zone - plant May June July - learn to use the tools here - set you climate zone to temperate and then check when and how to grow plants.
01 May 18, Gavy (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks Mike. I am going to plant some this weekend and I set my temperature to temperate too.
04 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I'm in Southern Qld and we plant about mid April. I planted mine a month earlier as I was going travelling for 3 weeks to mid April. The plants have done really well although the new plants are still sending out new shoots (runners). I cut them off. The weather here has just changed from summer to autumn in the last week H 30-33 down to 26-28 and .L 20-23 down to 15-17 at night. Read my post today about planting new runners each third year etc etc.
28 Apr 18, Ann (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a compost bin. It is full of slaters working away. When I use my compost it appears that the Slaters eat the fruit. They also like to hide under mulch. Any suggestions to deal with the slaters?
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www.diggers.com.au/shop/fruit/berries/strawberry-cambridge-rival-potted/pstcp/ If no web link above this - then google - Cambridge rival strawberries. Go to Diggers website. They have potted ones coming out on 22nd Sept 2017. $9/pot. Maybe phone them and see if you an buy runners.

- Mike

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