How To Grow Strawberries
Strawberries are one of the sweetest and tastiest fruits that can grow in small garden. They require moderate care, but in return they provide us with one of the natures best gifts - fresh homegrown strawberries.
There are strawberries in supermarkets and shops that claim to be 'organically' grown, but commercially grown strawberries can't beat homegrown strawberries in taste and fragrance. And today there are also strawberry varieties that are very close to wild strawberries in taste and smell and can bear fruits entire season.
Strawberries prefer acidic soil with pH between 5.5 and 6.5, preferably around 6.0 - 6.2. Fertile loamy soil is the best - it should be rich in organic matter and must be drained well.
Strawberries like sun, so plant them in the full sun and keep the soil constantly moist - strawberries have relatively shallow root system, so be sure to add nutrients on regular basis. The best fertilizers are those with gradual release of nutrients, organic or not.
Preventing contact between strawberries and soil is important for avoiding fruit rot - good mulch (straw, for example - hence the name) will help in preventing fruits touching the soil. Also, strawberries are often grown using thin, non-transparent foil or in containers - both systems prevent contact between fruits and soil and keep the fruits dry as much as possible.
Pineberries are hybrid strawberries with distinctive white or pink color and pineapple like fragrance and aroma - they are not genetically modified berries as some people claim.
Pineberries are rarely available commercially due to relatively low yield and smallish fruits and when they can be found, they are pricey. Reason more for planting pineberries in your home garden.
Growing strawberries in raised beds has few disadvantages and many benefits when compared with growing strawberries in the garden strawberry patch.
Growing strawberries indoors can yield great results, but it has some challenges. If you really like this aromatic and healthy fruit and have some indoor area to spare, give them a chance, they might surprise you.
Strawberries can be easily grown in containers and various flower pots. Strawberries like growing in fertile, loamy soil that is rich in organic matter, well aerated, drains well and is a slightly acidic with pH around 6.
Strawberries can be grown from runners or from seeds. Both methods have advantages and drawbacks.
There are many ways that strawberry plants can be obtained. It depends on gardeners skills, free time, desired number of plants etc.
Strawberries come in three types - June-bearing, ever-bearing and day-neutral. They all have their strength and weaknesses, so care must be taken when choosing suitable types.