Growing Strawberry Plants

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

16 Oct 20, (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Could be powdery mildew, phone an agricultural produce agency in your area and talk to them.
28 Aug 21, Lyn (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi, we have recently purchased a property that has a smallish greenhouse with strawberries growing on one side. When we first moved in they had lovely large strawberries (April). I don't know how old these plants are, but they have quite a big layer of old brown leaves under the green ones. Should I lift these plants, refresh the soil and replant? They look pretty healthy.
31 Aug 21, Tony Baker (New Zealand - cool/mountain climate)
generally you replace 1/3 of plants each year, as it's the 1 or 2 year old plants that do best. it's normal to have old leaves and these fall off to become food for next crop. You probably have a few runners starting as well, use these as new plants, just pot them up to grow on a bit or push them into the soil where you want them.
09 Mar 22, Susan Marseglia (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Hi there, I have moved into a new property with strawberry plants. How do i care for them as i presume its the end of the season ? Do i cut back all the leaves / stems ,and have read that i can cut off the runners but what do you do with them? Can they be stored over winter somehow and replanted? Any advice greatly appreciated thanks. novice gardener
11 Mar 22, Anonymous (New Zealand - sub-tropical climate)
I live sub tropical Queensland Aussie. The commercial growers here plant new plants (runners) in mid April. So leave your plants alone until then. Prepare new ground now to put the new runners into in April.
11 Mar 22, Judy Lewis (New Zealand - temperate climate)
Depends how old the plants are. Strawberries produce well for 2-3 years and then need to be replaced. If they look healthy - no black spot etc - then keep them for another year. Trim off any dead leaves and side-dress with compost. If there are runners, wait till they are firmly rooted in the ground before separating them from the mother plant. Any time from now, these new plants can be dug up and replanted where you want them. I have six rows, and each year, the first two rows are removed, and two new rows replace them on the other side of the bed, never in the same place.
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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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