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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

16 Jan 20, Suzanne (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live in central auckland and grow strawberries in a large concrete trough approx 340 mm deep and wide. I had the opportunity to get a number of strawberry plants a few days ago, and want to know if I plant them now, protect them will they winter ok?
20 Jan 20, Another gardener (New Zealand - temperate climate)
I live sub-tropical Queensland Australia, strawberry plants here send out runners from early summer. These runners develop new plants along the runner. These new plants are transplanted out early April, they grow and produce fruit from May to Sept. IF those plants offered to you have soil all around the roots and has not been disturbed much then they may keep growing. My suggestion is to find new plants around the time you normally plant strawberries in your area. Read up about growing strawberries in NZ.
04 Dec 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
I have tried to grow strawberries the last two years. Come to the conclusion that it is not worth all the effort. Not enough quality and quantity of strawberries. I had 18 plants. I put in weed mat ground cover and a drip irrigation system.
28 Nov 19, Veronica (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
I need to plant strawberries I'm in upper tongaat Where can I start
29 Nov 19, anon (South Africa - Summer rainfall climate)
By the planting calendar here it is nearly too late for you. Read your post again
26 Nov 19, Geoff (Australia - temperate climate)
I planted some strawberry plants in large pots. They were growing well for a couple of weeks when one night something has eaten all the leaves of the plants. What may have caused this?
27 Nov 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Sounds like some animal if all eaten in one night, If over a couple of nights then some grub probably.
14 Nov 19, Deb (Australia - temperate climate)
My plant is in a hanging basket..last season just runners......... It's looking good again and growing runners...... Will I ever get fruit ?
15 Nov 19, anon (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Read up about how to grow strawberries or go back through the last 50 posts here. I would suggest you scrap the idea of a hanging basket. Have a big pot where you can plant several plants or plant in the ground.
19 Nov 19, natalie (Australia - temperate climate)
My hanging baskets never survive or thrive, yet planting in large pots that already have a plant, and they have taken off!! Seperate them from the hanger and plant in pots
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By the planting calendar here it is nearly too late for you. Read your post again

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