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How to grow Strawberries

Planting Months

March - April and October

Harvest Months

July - August
 Strawberry patch with multiple plants

Planting guide

Generally, each plant can produce around a supermarket sized punnet of fruit over the summer.

Strawberries are a fantastic plant to grow in a space where you can just water and casually weed throughout the year. They live throughout the year and then flower and produce fruit in the summer to early autumn. They reproduce both from the seeds grown on the fruit but also by shooting runners that eventually form a new plant that is an exact clone of the original strawberry. It can take a year or so to fully fill out a strawberry bed but if you either grow them from seed or buy a small plant you will still get a moderate crop on the first year you plant them.

The strawberries quality can begin to decline after 4 years, ideally, you can replant a fresh bed or remove the very old plants each year.

Harvest the strawberries as early as they being to look large and red, you can tell when a strawberry is fully grown. Leaving the fruit on the plant too long will eventually lead to rot or the fruit turning bitter.

  • You can grow strawberries in a variety of ways; In containers, such as small pots, hanging baskets, and larger pots.
  • In a bed, however, they will spread with the runners, so they need to be gently kept under control to stop them from spreading. A way to combat this could be to grow them in a raised bed.
  • They can be grown with hydroponics as long as they get enough light.

Growing Tips

  • Straw placed underneath the leaves is a great way to prevent the fruit from rotting on the plant. You can keep picking the fruit over time and more and more will continue to be produced during the fruiting season.
  • Remember to remove the old leaves that turn brown and die. This pruning will keep the strawberry bed in great condition.
  • Keep up with the gentle weeding of the bed as the months' pass. The strawberries will use a lot of nutrients and water from the soil so it's less work than fully weeding an empty bed. Weeding still needs to be done each year. If you are growing the strawberries in pots they will require less weeding as you will only have to remove weeds that have sprouted from airborne seeds.
  • Remember to lightly water during dry periods. Try not to completely soak them through but they are resilient plants and can generally survive for heavy periods of rain and also drier times. It doesn't hurt to water in dry times and can help the fruit grow large and juicy.
  • When watering try and water the base of the plant and avoid watering the fruit.
  • The way farmers grow strawberries is to grow them in lines of mounds, this can help when watering the base instead of the leaves and fruit.
  • They can be fed with generic tomato fertilizer.

How to grow Strawberries

 Strawberry patch with multiple plants

Planting Months

March - April and October

Harvest Months

July - August

Generally, each plant can produce around a supermarket sized punnet of fruit over the summer.

Strawberries are a fantastic plant to grow in a space where you can just water and casually weed throughout the year. They live throughout the year and then flower and produce fruit in the summer to early autumn. They reproduce both from the seeds grown on the fruit but also by shooting runners that eventually form a new plant that is an exact clone of the original strawberry. It can take a year or so to fully fill out a strawberry bed but if you either grow them from seed or buy a small plant you will still get a moderate crop on the first year you plant them.

The strawberries quality can begin to decline after 4 years, ideally, you can replant a fresh bed or remove the very old plants each year.

Harvest the strawberries as early as they being to look large and red, you can tell when a strawberry is fully grown. Leaving the fruit on the plant too long will eventually lead to rot or the fruit turning bitter.

  • You can grow strawberries in a variety of ways; In containers, such as small pots, hanging baskets, and larger pots.
  • In a bed, however, they will spread with the runners, so they need to be gently kept under control to stop them from spreading. A way to combat this could be to grow them in a raised bed.
  • They can be grown with hydroponics as long as they get enough light.

Growing Tips

  • Straw placed underneath the leaves is a great way to prevent the fruit from rotting on the plant. You can keep picking the fruit over time and more and more will continue to be produced during the fruiting season.
  • Remember to remove the old leaves that turn brown and die. This pruning will keep the strawberry bed in great condition.
  • Keep up with the gentle weeding of the bed as the months' pass. The strawberries will use a lot of nutrients and water from the soil so it's less work than fully weeding an empty bed. Weeding still needs to be done each year. If you are growing the strawberries in pots they will require less weeding as you will only have to remove weeds that have sprouted from airborne seeds.
  • Remember to lightly water during dry periods. Try not to completely soak them through but they are resilient plants and can generally survive for heavy periods of rain and also drier times. It doesn't hurt to water in dry times and can help the fruit grow large and juicy.
  • When watering try and water the base of the plant and avoid watering the fruit.
  • The way farmers grow strawberries is to grow them in lines of mounds, this can help when watering the base instead of the leaves and fruit.
  • They can be fed with generic tomato fertilizer.