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Growing Strawberries (from seeds)

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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(Best months for growing Strawberries (from seeds) in USA - Zone 5a regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays. P = Plant in the garden.

  • Start inside in pots or trays after chilling seeds.. Sow seed at a depth approximately three times the diameter of the seed. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 1 years. Seedlings need to grow for about a year before fruiting. Remove first flowers. .
  • Compatible with (can grow in same bed): Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation
  • Avoid growing in same bed: 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

Alpine strawberries are the easiest to grow from seed. They produce tiny, triangular fruit with an intense flavour.

Chill the seeds, in a closed jar or plastic box, 2 - 4 weeks in a home freezer. Allow to return to room temperature in the closed container before sowing.

Sow seeds thinly on seed raising mix/compost. Cover with a thin layer of compost and water in. Keep under cover, either in a greenhouse or indoors near a window. Germination takes 2 to 8 weeks. Plant out into small pots to grow on when 3 leaves have appeared. Then transplant to garden when well grown. After about a year the strawberries will form 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.

Protect your plants with some sort of netting or bird scarer or you will lose most of your crop. 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.

Culinary hints - cooking and eating Strawberries (from seeds)

Strawberries can be used in any dessert needing soft fruit or berries. Summer pudding with 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.
Straight from the garden, warmed by the sun is best.

Your comments and tips

26 Oct 16, noeleriksson (Australia - temperate climate)
how do iraise strawberry seeds and how long will ii t be before i will be expecting fruit to bear
17 Oct 16, Adenike IHIASO (Australia - temperate climate)
I am in Lagos, Nigeria. Want to know if the weather in my state is suitable for planting strawberry. And how can I get a suitable seed to buy.
25 Aug 16, carole dorryhee (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Where can I buy strawberry seeds thank you
27 Aug 16, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
I sell two varieties of strawberry seed imported from Italy. A standard variety and a small wild strawberry. See theitaliangardener.com.au
16 Mar 16, Veerpal (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
How i grow strawberry in pUnjab. And which verites are suitable?
23 Jan 16, Asanka sajith -from SriLanka (Australia - temperate climate)
I will like grow strawberry plants.I have a better climate to it my living place of Sri Lankas hill country.But I haven't properly technology and good seeds.pleace can you help me.
04 Dec 15, Arnd Reimann (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hello, I live in Oxford Canterbury NZ. I start my garden and looking for seeds for Strawberries, Rasberries and Currants for the next season. Can you help me or tell me where I can get These seeds? I hope you can help me. Kind regards Arnd Reimann
02 Feb 17, Karen (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
Re strawberries, I've always heard that growing from seeds can be very challenging. I would recommend getting some plants and let them grow runners to build up your collection. I started with 10 plants 18mths ago and now have heaps and heaps of them. I contacted the growers Zealandia (www.zealandia.co.nz) to discuss what variety would be best to grow in my climate. They were very helpful. No experience with Raspberries and Currants.
22 Nov 15, Kenneth sok (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I lived in southeastern USA , North Carolina
05 May 15, Karla (Australia - temperate climate)
hi there i have strawberry seedlings can i plant them now or do i have to put them in a bigger pot and wait a month or two? have never grown them and really want them to grow. i have prepared the ground as well they will get mid afternoon sun and will have wind protection is that right? Thanks
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