Growing Strawberry Plants

Fragaria : Rosaceae / the rose family

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

(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 - 15 cm (about 6 inches) tall and will spread to about 50 - 100 cm (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

12 Jun 24, dolores fielding (USA - Zone 11b climate)
Any suggestions for growing strawberries in the tropics. St croix USVI Zone 11. Varieties and source of seeds and plants, soil preparation, sun or shade, fertilizer, pest control, any advice is appreciated.
23 Jun 24, (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Do some google research. I live on the other side of the planet.
01 Mar 24, Anne (USA - Zone 9a climate)
Any variety suggestions for growing strawberries in Las Vegas?
29 Feb 24, dan (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I've ordered stawberries (Seascape and Mara Du Bois) grown in hanging baskets. I'd like to include companion plants, any thoughts? Thank you in advance.
10 Nov 23, Denise (USA - Zone 5b climate)
New to gardening. I have several strawberry plants in raised planters that I planted in early summer. Wondering if I should bring them in to our attached garage to protect them from freezing this winter? Thanks!
12 Oct 23, Gayle in Mississippi (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Hi! Can someone suggest a place to buy strawberry plants. I started some from seeds, but only 3 sprouted, so I need more. I live in zone 8b, which has some hot summers. I'm looking for hardy super sweet strawberries. Thank you.
18 May 24, Alan James (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I bought mine from I bought barerooted (two varieties) strawberries 20 each they actually sent me like 23 and 25 most are growing. I might lose a few.
01 Oct 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
I saved seeds from strawberries, planted them inside under lights, they sprouted after a long wait and are growing. Plants are tiny and growing very slow. How big should they be before planting outside? It's Oct 1st, zone 8b here. Thank you
03 Oct 23, Anonymous (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Try late October. They should have 6-8+ leaves. Protect them from the sun the first week or two.
05 Oct 23, Gayle (USA - Zone 8b climate)
Thank you! I'll do that.
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