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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

03 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
From Gardening Australia. "Growing strawberries in pots or growing melons over structures keeps the plants and fruit off the ground and reduces the likelihood of slater damage. When sowing seed keep mulch well clear of the furrow as slaters don't like venturing far from cover. Make traps from hollowed out orange halves or seedling punnets filled with potato peelings, to distract slaters from seedlings, and germinating seeds. When it comes to seedlings, try plant collars (old pots with the bottom chopped out) for the first couple of weeks, or pot on seedlings to establish them before planting out. Once the stems become tougher, they're less attractive to slaters. Iron chelate based snail pellets are also effective against slaters and, as they break down, they release iron to feed the plants. They're safer than traditional snail pellets for use around pets, children and wildlife but they should be stored and used with caution and common sense. In larger gardens, rotating chooks over vegie beds in between crops is a great way to clear up infestation and provide your birds with protein".
01 May 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Don't put the compost around the strawberries. Use another fertiliser (manures etc) and put fresh mulch (fine grass clippings) around your plants.
15 Apr 18, Karen Stock (Australia - temperate climate)
Hello Margaret, I live in Portland too. Several people in Portland usually post on FB things for sale when they have divided their plants or have runners. Angela Cleary sells them at the Markets. Sometimes Gordon Page has excess. I think I will have spare too Margaret. I'll be sorting them out over the next few weeks so happy to help. cheers Karen
16 Apr 18, (Australia - tropical climate)
A good idea is to keep 4-6-8 plants to produce runners for the next year's planting. At the end of the strawberry season just give them a little fertiliser and water them regularly and they will produce several dozen new plants. At the local Men's Shed I had 28 plants grow through the summer and they produced hundreds of new plants (700-1000). I dug the majority of them in as they produced far more than I thought they would.
14 Apr 18, Mark (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have been given a half dozen well established healthy strawberry plants from a friend to transplant. I live 40m from the beach. The ground is very sandy. Would they be better put into pots with potting mix or into the sandy soil? Also should I trim the leaves back after transplanting to encourage new growth. My father in law suggests doing this.
16 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I take 40m is 40 meters from the beach. I would suggest you see if you can find some composted grass clipping and a few dry dead leaves - even some seaweed. Go to Bunnings or nursery and buy a bag of composted manure. Mix these into your sand. Yes cut the leaves back on the plants - leave a couple of the small new leaves though. When you plant the crown make sure you don't cover it with soil. 6 plants isn't many, see if you can double or triple that. Plant in a raised row and then mulch around the plants. If intending to grow next year - start preparing your soil 2 months earlier by adding in manure, grass clippings, seaweed, tree leaves, house hold food scraps etc. Add these to your soil and wet and dig in each 2 weeks. You will build up your soil over a couple of years.
18 Apr 18, Mac (Australia - temperate climate)
G'day Mike, I completely agree with all before me with this little addition. When you go to Bunnings (we have brand new location) buy a 150l R***n Compost Bin and a worm farm. All your grass clippings, food waste except onions and citrus and even shredded paper will make you a terrific planting medium for your next crop of Strawberries and just about every thing else. Cheers Arismac
23 Apr 18, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Mac - I have a compost heap in my old duck pen to put all my leaves grass clippings garden waste etc during my growing season. During the summer (no cropping) I start two in my garden. When the garden ones are near compost I spread them out and dig into the soil and turn over a couple of times. Add a bit of lime, phosphate, trace elements and worm tea. The person I purchased the worms from told me to use the worm castings rather than the leachate (run the farm a bit dry- no leachate produced). I just take some of the worm castings etc from the farm and put it on some shade cloth over a 20L drum and hit it with the hose.. Also he told me onion and citrus are ok if done in small amounts. I just put my scraps in a blender (with water) and then strain for a day in shade cloth over a 20l drum.
09 Apr 18, Sarah Bateman (Australia - temperate climate)
Leaves and stem on Strawberry plant turning brown. New growth coming through healthy but then turning brown also. I’ve been trimming the dead/brown leaves off but have just read somewhere to leave them on for protection!? Soil is moist, although I do have it in a self watering pot, I do tip the excess water out. What am I doing wrong??
10 Apr 18, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have a read up on the internet about growing them and brown leaves. To do with watering possibly. If you have new plants they should be good - older plants could produce some brown leaves. Only use the same plants for 2 yrs and then plant new runners.
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Commercial growers here plant the strawberry runners in late April May. After the crop has been picked they plough them in. A one year crop. They buy new runners each year under contract - special patented varieties. Generally a home gardener may leave a few plants at the end of the season to keep over for the following year. During the late summer these will start to develop runners - you use these for the next crop. Doing this for years will produce an inferior fruit over years I believe.

- Mike

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