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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

Your comments and tips

20 Aug 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
A run down on growing strawberries in sub tropical areas. You should start with fresh stock from nursery or online etc. Plant them early to mid April - some shops will sell plants anytime of the year.
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.
18 Aug 18, Jane (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mike L - Just thinking about what your wrote. A friend gave me four strawberry plants in a punnet that she bought somewhere in town so I planted them - not knowing anything about strawberry growing or when/not to plant them etc. They look OK so far but (some other plants have lower leaves that are going yellow, no idea why, so I am guessing that)anything could happen? When you say to use the runners produced over summer/autumn for new plants next April do you mean that they will produce runners (that won't fruit) and cut them out of or pull them out of the ground and save them somehow?Or leave them in the ground to spread as they will? I ask because I also read in the strawberry article to cut the runners away and keep the mother plant (in the ground)? Is planting season in Subtropical Qld from April - Aug/Oct? If so what does one do between Aug/Oct -April the following year..? Thanks. Jane.
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.
10 Sep 18, Rowan (South Africa - Humid sub-tropical climate)
U should make a raised bed.Have Rain gauges collecting water.
09 May 18, Ann (Australia - temperate climate)
Thanks Mike. Your suggestions are helpful and make good sense!
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As far as I know, you are meant to cut off all the flowers as soon as they appear for the first year. The plant needs more energy to establish roots, etc. then the next year, you can let them flower and fruit and you should have a more abundant crop.

- Jean

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