How To Grow Strawberry Plants
How To Grow Strawberries: Care Tips
The most common Strawberry plant questions:
When can I plant Strawberries?Strawberries can be planted in spring or late summer/early autumn.
What kind of soil do Strawberries need?Strawberries need moist, well-drained soil.
How much sun do Strawberries need?Strawberries do best in full sun. Choose a position where the plants will receive 6-8 hours of sunlight each day.
How do you plant Strawberries?
How far apart should I plant Strawberries?
Can I grow Strawberries in pots?
Strawberries thrive when grown in pots, and even hanging baskets. Choose deep pots at least 15cm wide with holes in the bottom, and plant one Strawberry plant per pot. Use a soil based compost and add broken crockery to the bottom of the pot to aid drainage.
How much water do Strawberries need?
Do Strawberries need feeding?
Do Strawberry plants need pruning?
How to harvest Strawberries
Wait until the berries are fully red before harvesting.
Strawberries stop ripening once the fruit is picked. Simply pinch through the stalks with a fingernail or cut with scissors. Unwashed strawberries can be kept for a few days in the fridge.
Common Strawberry plant problems
Grey mould is a common problem for soft fruits. It’s caused by the fungus Botrytis Cinerea, looks like a fuzzy grey or brown patch and makes the fruit’s flesh decay.
To prevent it, make sure any dead or dying parts of the plant are removed immediately, water in the morning rather than the evening and make sure plants are not overcrowded. If you are growing in a greenhouse, increase the ventilation to prevent too much humidity.
Slugs and Snails
If you find holes in your Strawberries and slimy trails (especially in the morning) you may have slugs or snails.
Prevent them from reaching your Strawberries by tucking some straw around them just before the fruit starts to develop. You can also use a mulch of bark chips in the same way, or try deterring slugs and snails with copper plant collars or beer traps.
Strawberries are irresistible to birds and small mammals.
Stop them eating your crops by covering your plants with netting, preferably a fixed net cage. Make sure the holes are large enough for pollinators to get to the flowers, and fix it down firmly so that animals don’t get trapped.