Growing Strawberry Plants

Fragaria : Rosaceae / the rose family

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

(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

Your comments and tips

03 Aug 11, georgi (Australia - tropical climate)
potash needs to be added to organic fertilizers to promote flower and fruiting
16 Aug 11, Sally (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Ducks are a great idea.. Be ready for the score to even out!
02 Jan 12, Richard (Australia - sub-tropical climate)
Is April the best time to cut strawberries back and re put new straw down, I am still getting a few strawberries, but no where near th quanity I was getting. Thanks
09 Jan 12, Ivan (Australia - temperate climate)
Which type of strawberry is best to grow in Maiden Gully, Victoria, if I want to plant some now.?
10 Jan 12, adam (Australia - cool/mountain climate)
Hi Ivan. If you will get another crop of strawbs this time of year, you probably will considering the weather. A really good variety, developed quite a few years ago in Ferntree Gully/Belrave area, is Chandler. Developed by mrs. Chandler of the dandenongs, It gets a good crop in spring, and another big crop later in the season. I bought some a few years back from Diggers. Six plants became 200 after the first year, after that I was forcing plants on people. Fat , red, juicy strawbs, really nice, and bred for your conditions. Just keep up the manure and water. Cheers.
06 Apr 12, Missy (Australia - temperate climate)
I have a heap of Cambridge Strawberry plants that have gone crazy .... should I be dividing them up and using the runners to make another bed? Will they go crazy if I just "let them go"?
10 Sep 17, Em Paul (Australia - arid climate)
Missy - I'd love to buy some Cambridge rival strawberry runners if you have some to spare. Happy to pay for these and arrange to send you an express post bag to mail them to me. I live in Sydney. Thank you. Regards. Em
05 Aug 12, Eva (Australia - temperate climate)
I am in Adelaide and have alpine strawberries ready to plant out. There is a good spot which gets shade in the Afternoon but I have a tamarillo tree on a tobacco rootstock growing there. Strawberries don't like solanum plants like tomatoes and potatoes and I was wondering if it was a good idea to put my strawberries next to a solanum rootstock.
05 Aug 12, Jen (Australia - tropical climate)
Could I grow strawberries in hanging guttering 15cm deep by 4m long? Do they need full sun or can they handle part sun?
06 Aug 12, Eva (Australia - temperate climate)
We had Strawberries growing (thriving) in germany and they were in part shade THERE! It's colder and wetter there than in england.
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NO - strawberries take about 4 weeks from flowering to ripe fruit. Keep cutting the leaves and the plant will probably die. Plants need leaves to take in the sunlight.

- Mike

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