How To Grow Strawberries
Strawberries are one of the sweetest and tastiest fruits that can grow in a small garden. They require moderate care, but in return, they provide us with one of nature's 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 the entire season.
Strawberries prefer acidic soil with a 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 a 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 from 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.
What’s better than growing sweet, bright strawberries? Growing them with the help of companion plants! If this is your goal, you’ll be happy to explore this guide to strawberry companion plants.
Strawberry plants are at their most healthy when they are grown in full sunlight and sandy soil and are kept from harmful pests.
Published: November 8, 2022.
Hardly anyone might wonder if a strawberry is a fruit or a vegetable as it’s been considered a fruit for a long time.
Well, this hypothesis is not wrong. A strawberry is a fruit. But it’s interesting to see why.
Published: September 19, 2022.
Strawberries are one of the most popular fruits globally for children, adults, and the elderly - everybody likes their fragrance, aroma, and refreshing taste.
Strawberries are easy to grow, feature many health benefits, and are consumed both fresh and processed in juices, jellos, jam, cakes, etc.
However, from time to time, people also wonder why are strawberries called strawberries?
Published: May 9, 2022.
Strawberries can be grown from runners or from seeds. Both methods have advantages and drawbacks.
Growing from seeds take more time, but one can easily plant several types of strawberries and/or grow a much larger number of plants.
Published: April 16, 2022.
Strawberries are very sensitive and delicate fruits susceptible to fruit rotting during the growth period, especially during the last few days when the strawberries are heavier and tend to touch the soil surface.
Fruit rot can be prevented in many ways, but the simplest one is to prevent the strawberries from touching the moist soil using various supports, mulch, and similar.
Published: February 19, 2022.
Growing strawberries in raised beds have few disadvantages and many benefits when compared with growing strawberries in the garden strawberry patch.
Raised beds allow the gardeners to tune the growing conditions to the plant or plants they intended to grow, in this case, strawberries, including position, soil mix and its pH, fertilizers, position, etc.
Updated: December 18, 2021.
Strawberries are an easy-to-grow plant hardy to USDA plant hardiness zones 5 to 8, and if grown indoors, they can practically be grown everywhere, year long. If one having no backyard is wondering if they can grow this perennial in containers or grow bags, the good news is that they can do so, because strawberries actually do well in grow bags.
In fact, grow bags are an excellent option to grow various vegetables and fruits including strawberries because they save garden space by growing strawberries vertically and in a healthy way.
Updated: November 10, 2021.
There are many ways that strawberry plants can be obtained. It depends on gardener skills, free time, the desired number of plants, etc.
In many cases, the simplest solution is to go to the nearest garden center and buy potted strawberry plants or to order them from online shops. But why keep it simple ...?
Published: October 19, 2020.
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.
Updated: June 20, 2020.
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.
Updated: April 15, 2020.
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.
Updated: March 14, 2020.
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.
Published: April 14, 2019.