When choosing a variety to grow be
mindful of the purpose you will be using
the strawberries for. Choose varieties
that will either taste better when
picked off the plant and eaten
immediately, varieties that are better
frozen and made into desserts or
varieties that are better preserved.
Strawberries prefer a light well drained
soil and you may find it easier to start
growing them in pots or hanging baskets.
If they become to water logged the fruit
will begin to rot, however there is a
variety called 'Cambridge Favourite'
that copes well in places with high
rainfall due to their ability to hold
their fruits above soil level. Using
light soil instead of heavy will allow
more warmth to penetrate thus ensuring
the plant will grow quicker. It will
also promote good drainage and prevent
red core root rot. If the soil you have
is heavy choose red core root rot
resistant varieties and plant four weeks
earlier than usual to ensure
establishment. If the soil you have is
not free draining add sharp sand and
well rotted compost.
are also notoriously hard to weed when
they are in the ground so ensure if you
are planting them to clear the area
thoroughly beforehand. As a strawberry
plant takes the nutrients it needs from
the soil it is vital they are
replenished. To ensure this add manure
and/or composted straw.
strawberry is growing they produce
tendrils that have little plants on the
end and these are the runners. New
strawberry plants either bought or grown
must be from runners. Wait till they
reach approx 3 or 4 leaves and remove
from the plant. Plant it in a pot of
compost and water well. Label and date
Aphids, Birds, Slugs.
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Plant mid summer to early autumn and you should have a crop the
Plant in full sun and out of the wind.
For heavy not well drained land plant in raised beds ensuring
sufficient room around the edges for harvesting the fruits.
Planting too close together may encourage mildew. Choose varieties
that do not have too many leaves as this may make them closer
together and again will cause a mildew outbreak.
If planting in pots or baskets water daily whilst they're growing.
Add tomato feed or another potassium rich supplement approx every
If planting in rows the plants should be at least 40cm in rows that
are 60 cm apart.
Protect the area from slugs using which ever method works best for
Place a net over the plants to protect from birds and wildlife.
In early Spring hoe between the plants to allow moisture and air to
When watering take care not to splash the leaves or fruits of the
plants. Use a watering can instead of a hose and water carefully
around the base of the plant.
Use straw or strawberry mats around the base of the plants to stop
the fruit from lying on the ground and to prevent weeds.