Growing Strawberry Plants

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
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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
  • 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

13 May 21, CJ (USA - Zone 9b climate)
My Albion and Tiny Treasures strawberries not sweet. What liquid fertilizer should I use? Fish emulsion, Seawed Magic, Worm tea or something else? Also how often? Albion growing one plant each on fence in containers designed to hang. Tiny Treasures are planted in a tower on a turn table . So disappointed, help me please.
03 May 21, Jane Hodges (USA - Zone 7b climate)
In Zone 7B, when can I expect newly planted strawberry plants to bloom? I planted bare root plants three weeks ago (April 12) and they are growing well, but have seen no blooms yet. Am I expecting too much too soon? Thanks!
04 May 21, (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Read the notes here - 10-11 weeks to harvest. Around my place (Queensland Australia sub tropical climate - cool/warm winters) they plant late March early April and start harvesting in June.
27 Mar 21, Gillian Alegre (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Hi! I live in Orange County California. What type of strawberry grows best in this zone during summer?
29 Mar 21, (USA - Zone 3b climate)
Check with nurseries, commercial growers in your area or do some searching on the internet.
24 Feb 21, Vicki (USA - Zone 7b climate)
Looking for the best strawberries to grow in Virginia zone 7b.
26 Feb 21, Anonymous (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Research varieties in your area.
10 Jan 21, Jeanine Eastham (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I am looking for the Best varieties for Claremont CA. 10b. I just south of the 210 Frwy, and almost as far West as La Verne where it can be very hot in summer, but is about 8 degrees cooler on average than at the Clarmont Civic Center.
13 Feb 21, SarahM (USA - Zone 10b climate)
in 10b too. I look for everbearing [like Albion}. Make sure they get water, food, and maybe afternoon shade in summer [late May -Sept].
12 Jan 21, Anonymous (USA - Zone 9b climate)
Look for internet sites that sell crowns, ring them if you like and ask.
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