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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 New Zealand - cool/mountain regions)

P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings

September: Protect from frost

  • 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

06 Sep 19, Chris sheppard (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I live in Brisbane and have mine covered with shade cloth, should I keep watering the plants through non fruiting months, don't want to kill them .
09 Sep 19, Anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Strawberries are shallow rooted so keep the water up to them. Check the soil to see if it is dry or wet. A good watering 3 times a week. Later in the year they will send out new runners.
22 Aug 19, Niyaz Ahmed Hajee (South Africa - Semi-arid climate)
Please advice me planting strawberries in a planter made box or on ground which one is preferable
02 Jul 19, Steve (Australia - temperate climate)
I live in Inglewood just 10 minutes north of Perth CBD please advise when it’s best to plant strawberries and what month
04 Jul 19, (Australia - temperate climate)
Read the article again on growing strawberries for temperate climate.
07 May 19, Janet (USA - Zone 10a climate)
I would like to grow organic strawberries in containers. Any variety suggestions? Thanks for any input!
16 Mar 19, maria garreffa (Australia - temperate climate)
1) Can I use seaweeds grass as moulching provide i washing it in tap water? 2) when is the correct time to plant garlic? 3) is now the time to separte re- plant plantlets from strawberry?
17 Mar 19, Mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Seaweed is great in the garden - don't put it on too thick as a mulch - 2
08 Feb 19, Bob (Australia - temperate climate)
When is right time of year to transplant strawberries we live in Wallaroo sth Australia
12 Feb 19, mike (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Plant May June
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Hello sir, I live in Bahrain- middle east and my hardiness zone is 11B on AHZ scaling. Is it possible for me to grow strawberry from seeds now that the temp is dropped to 25-30 ْ C. Reminder our summer peak is from june until november and the heat is unbearing and since we are an island sorrounded by sea our weather becomes too humid during summers. What do you recommend since i really am very excited to grow strawberry. I have already planted my seeds.

- Ahmed Baba

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