Strawberries are one of the most beloved plants that we could introduce to our gardens. They are often party-pleasers, plus they will make the garden smell amazing.
So here are some tips and some general information about how to grow strawberries.
What Type of Strawberry?
This can be a difficult question to answer, but maybe learning about some of the different types will help.
June-Bearing Strawberries: The crops of this type makes their crops over the course of a few weeks, from the end of spring to the beginning of summer. These plants tend to produce fruit that is very good in quality and concentrated. Because of this, usually this variety of strawberries are used for preservation.
Day-Neutral Strawberries: These are also known as everbearing strawberries. They are kind of zone-particular, seeing that they need cooler temperatures at night, below sixty-five degrees, in order to produce an abundant and high quality fruit set. This variety tends to produce a heavy crop in the early summer, and then lighter ones in the end of summer and through into fall. If the plan is putting strawberries in containers, or in raised beds, then day-neutral strawberries are probably the right ones for that. They do well in this kind of environment because it usually means regular feeding and regular waterings.
Alpine Strawberries: This variety produces smaller strawberries, resembling the size of a dime. Depending on the variety of alpine, the berries themselves may end up being red, yellow, or white. These do well in raised beds or planters.
When do we plant?
When we consider when to plant strawberries, we must consider the starting conditions that these plants need to survive. If the area has mild winters, then planting can occur in fall. Otherwise, planting should take place about six weeks before the first frost date of the area.
Keep in mind that they need sun, and soil that has a pH between 5.5 and 6.5, so acidic soil. Row covers should be considered as an extra safety precaution for the plants.
How do we plant?
Site should be sunny and weeded.
They last a long time, up to four years. So plant in an area that has enriched soil. Consider adding organic matter.
Raised beds are often appreciated by the plants, and make picking a simpler task.
Two years of growing time is saved by simply starting with container plants or dormant plants that are bare root. I recommend not starting from seed.
When transplanting, simply plant to the same depth that the plants had in the containers.
If plants are in bundles, just spread them out and cut off anything dead. Then, seek out the central crown and plant so that it is at the line of soil, and make sure the roots are spread out.
Mulch! The best mulch for strawberries is something that will support the acidic soil condition. For example, pine needles or cut leaves.
Spacing depends on variety.