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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

14 Feb 18, Darlington creek organic strawberries (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
This being our first year at growing strawberries in south west Victoria we are unsure how long the fruiting season will last for Any input would be great
16 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - tropical climate)
You live bottom of Vic and I live mid Qld coast and both sub-tropical ?????. I understand there are early mid and late fruiting varieties. And even some that produce near all year. I would guess about 10-12 weeks.
13 Feb 18, Carole Ellis (Australia - temperate climate)
strawberries leafing profusely but not fruiting
14 Feb 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Check your fruiting time of the year. In Bundy Qld - they fruit in the winter and early spring. After fruiting has finished they send out runners which grow new crowns and grow new leaves. You maybe at this stage.
10 Oct 17, Daniel Mapoma Mwansa (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
how do i grow my strawberries in rain season since ive no green house
16 Sep 17, Colin Hofmeier (Australia - tropical climate)
Would the tropical weather here be conducive to growing strawberry's
24 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
You could try. Try to have them ripening in winter - early spring. Could even try a 50% shade cloth over them.
11 Sep 17, Em (Australia - temperate climate)
Anyone with cambridge rival strawberry runners to sell? I live in sydney and can arrange payment and postage . Thanks.
15 Sep 17, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate) 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.
07 Sep 17, Daniel Mapoma Mwansa (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
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Pls suggest me appropriate varieties of strawberry and sowing time. Thks

- Raut

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