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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
  • Ripening fruit
  • Strawberry plants

Strawberries are 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. Cut them off and leave the parent growing.

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, 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.

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.

Your comments and tips

25 May 20, Maria Garreffa (Australia - temperate climate)
When is time to grafting a young lemon? in South Australia , adelaide north east aerea, Thanks.
26 May 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Suggest you do some research on the internet about that.
13 May 20, Carol (Canada - Zone 3a Temperate Short Summer climate)
Which type of strawberry does the best in zone 3a?
11 May 20, Karl Basson (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
HI.I live in C.T. South Africa.What month of the year should I plant my strawberry plants?
12 May 20, Anon (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
The top of the page tells you.
06 May 20, Fanele (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
I would like to find out where can i get strawberry seeds. I live in Eastern Cape in South Africa and there's no nursery with strawberry seedlings, I want to start growing strawberry. I am willing to put through an order from whoever has stock.
08 May 20, Anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
Look on the internet for people who sell strawberry runners. Find out the right time to plant them. I'm sub tropical Australia and early April is the time here - mid autumn.
14 May 20, Fanele (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Thank you for your reply.
22 Mar 20, Mike (Australia - temperate climate)
What is the best PH level for strawberries?. I have two established plants that are doing well, but of three new ones planted two weeks ago, one has died and the other two are struggling. I wish to greatly expand my planting but can't until the problem is sorted out. The bed is organic with well rotted compost, worm castings and worm leachate and has a PH of 6.8 - 7.0. Any help you can provide will be well received. Regards, Mike V.
24 Mar 20, (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Check for correct ph on the internet. Generally most soils are good for most veggies around 6-7ph. Strawberries are generally planted around first two weeks of April in sub- tropical, maybe different for temperate. Generally a plant left in the ground after harvest will produce new runners over summer and into autumn. Plant one of those runners out in Feb. and it will establish and start producing runners, you want this. Leave planting until now or April. When planting anything protect it from sun and wind for the first week to help it establish. Strawberries have shallow root systems so water regularly. Don't go over board with the compost. Mulch around the plants.
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