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Growing Strawberries (from seeds)

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(Best months for growing Strawberries (from seeds) in New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

S = Plant undercover in seed trays.

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

26 May 17, Maurice (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Where can I purchase strawberry seeds and peppermint geranium seeds or plants from Thank you
29 May 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
Yates have a small runnerless Alpine strawberry available. You may find some on the internet under 'heritage seeds'. Most people buy runners because they be bought in quantity, are virus free and yield within the first season.
25 May 17, dee (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
which region suits strawberries farming in around Mpumalanga, mbombela?
25 May 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
In your area strawberries would normally be planted from August to November but I suggest you could plant them most times. They take about 11 weeks to begin fruiting. Make sure you plant your strawberries in an open, sunny position where they will get good air circulation because fruit rotting in humid areas a problem.
29 May 17, John (Australia - temperate climate)
I thought I would let you know that I was referring to plants, not seeds. Seeds of the main varieties is not normally availanle and can take some weeks to germinate and a whole season to bear fruit.
12 Apr 17, elliott zimba (South Africa - Dry summer sub-tropical climate)
where can I find strawberry seeds in Gauteng
15 Apr 17, John (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Try Seeds for Africa at seedsforafrica.co.za . They list strawberry seeds.
26 Oct 16, noeleriksson (Australia - temperate climate)
how do iraise strawberry seeds and how long will ii t be before i will be expecting fruit to bear
17 Jun 17, Maurice (Australia - temperate climate)
It depends on the variety. Alpine strawberries will take about 5 months from seed to fruit, most 'garden' strawberries will take a year or two, other varieties can take a bit longer or a bit shorter depending on the genetics. Don't EVER buy strawberry seed from ebay and you should be fine.
17 Oct 16, Adenike IHIASO (Australia - temperate climate)
I am in Lagos, Nigeria. Want to know if the weather in my state is suitable for planting strawberry. And how can I get a suitable seed to buy.
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