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 = Sow seed

  • 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 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 then avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant
  • Ripening fruit
  • 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

25 Jun 21, joseph mcameni (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
can I grow strawberries in Ventersdorp North West?
04 Apr 21, Robert (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have purchased giant Russian strawberry seeds and wondering if the planting time frame the same as standard varieties, are these seeds a actual species or have i been lead up the garden path !! ?? Rob nrthn nsw
06 Apr 21, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Planting time should be on the packet.
03 Mar 21, Mani Pillay (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
When do you plant seeds in Eastern Cape?
08 Mar 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Look up the planting guide here for plant time.
04 Mar 21, (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Best to buy strawberry runners.
01 Mar 21, Fouzia Saeed (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
I want to plant strawberries in pots here temperature varies 34 to 40 Celsius any recommendation.
02 Mar 21, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Have a good size pot. Place it where it receives some shade during the day. Water them often, this will be your problem with limited soil and high temperatures.
18 Feb 21, arden sabin (USA - Zone 5a climate)
how to grow climbing strawberries from seeds in a garden out side
07 Jul 20, Tanya (Australia - temperate climate)
My strawberries have little bite holes in them ,just like a slug or snail has been at them.but I have been all over them and can’t find a thing ,but what ever it is ,is destroying my strawberries
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I live in northwest nsw Australia. Our summer is hot and dry about 45 celcius max and high twenties at night.in winter our days are about 25 celcius and nights about 8. Purchased different types and colours of strawberries and want to plant them when would you recommend is the best time of the year and how long can I keep the seeds before planting them without them going to waste

- Edward

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