Growing Strawberry Plants

Fragaria : Rosaceae / the rose family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
    P P P P            

(Best months for growing Strawberry Plants in USA - Zone 7a regions)

  • P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • Easy to grow. Plant with crown (of roots) just covered.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 10°C and 20°C. (Show °F/in)
  • Space plants: 30 - 100 cm 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
  • Strawberry plants

Strawberries are low-growing leafy plants which grow 12-15cm (about 6 inches) tall and will spread to about 50-100cm (20-40 inches). They have five petalled white or pink flowers. The flowers are followed by the 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 which will take root to form new plants. Cut them off and leave the parent growing. You can transplant the runners or let them grow where they rooted to produce new plants.

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 and mildew 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!

Strawberry plants often need replacing after a few years as they get affected by viruses and stop producing well.

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.

A quick jam of diced strawberries cooked in the microwave with an equal weight of sugar until completely soft won't keep but can be used right away.

Your comments and tips

25 Feb 23, Dan Fachner (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I live near Phoenix, AZ. It lists our zones as 9b and 10a. WHat type of strawberry plants do yo;u reccomend for this area? Thanks.
17 Feb 23, barbara gauger (USA - Zone 9b climate)
What berries do best in 9b on the Oregon south coast?
30 Sep 22, Liliana (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I’m a newbie at growing strawberries. If I cover them for protection from the birds, won’t that interfere with insects being able to pollenate the flowers?
12 Nov 22, Julie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
You can also purchase netting at garden stores that will keep the birds out, but let sun and moisture in.
18 Nov 22, Ruth A Hersh (USA - Zone 9a climate)
netting kills birds & snakes.
03 Oct 22, (USA - Zone 3b climate)
They are self pollinators.
20 May 22, Janise Little (USA - Zone 7b climate)
How to grow strawberriesin zone 7b? In the ground or containers?
09 Apr 22, Debra Samaha (USA - Zone 9b climate)
What type of strawberries should I plant in zone 9b? Should I plant them in ground or in those special pots? And what type of soil? Thank you for your time.
13 Apr 22, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
If you have the time to look after them in pots otherwise in the ground. Just good rich loose soil. Check what varieties grow in your area.
21 Jan 22, Don (USA - Zone 10a climate)
May I know what's the type of strawberry for sone 10a? Thank you.
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If you have the time to look after them in pots otherwise in the ground. Just good rich loose soil. Check what varieties grow in your area.

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