How to Grow Strawberries


The Red Fruit that Just Keeps Giving

Everybody loves the sweetness and sourness of strawberries when made into jam, cakes, pudding or even eaten on their own. Strawberries are easy to plant and beautiful for your garden at home. The first fruits usually appear in spring, you can find many types of strawberries that can be planted according to your place and climate. There are several varieties ranging from the coldest South Island place to the hottest part of Hawkes Bay.

Things that you need:

  • Strawberry plants
  • Compost makers
  • Garden shears
  • Garden spades
  • Rototillers
  • Shovels
  • Fertilizers

Plantingand Maintenance Steps:

  1. Order or buy your strawberry plants at the nursery. You can start planting them in early spring as soon as you can work the ground. Beware that strawberries can carry viruses that not only will kill the crop but also can spread through your other garden plants, so you might want to make sure that the plants are certified and free from any disease.
  2. To prevent the strawberries from being destroyed by the late frosts, pick a site that has full sun coverage and warms up early in the spring. Choose a site with excellent drainage and has a gentle, south-facing slope. You can grow the strawberries in containers or raised beds if your soil drains poorly.
  3. At a depth of at least 12 inches, until the planting bed thoroughly and remove all traces of grass and weeds. Then, dig in plenty of compost or well-cured manure to provide a fertile and rich soil for the strawberries to grow. The suitable pH for the soil should be between 5.5 to 6.5.
  4. Using a shovel, dig a hole for each plant about 5 to 7 inches wide and deep enough to place the roots. Set the plant into the hole with the crown just above the ground level.
  5. Next, fill the soil into the hole so that the roots are completely buried.
  6. Set the plants 18 inches apart in rows three to four feet apart. The plants will produce out runners with abandon. Each of the runners will also produce a new little plant. You can snip the runner and dig up the attached plants or run a mechanical tiller down the row.
  7. Make sure to water your young strawberries plants at least an inch of water a week.
  8. Avoid letting any fruit to develop during the first year. Pick off each blossom as soon as you see it. This will help to prevent your strawberries plants following year production from decreasing drastically.
  9. Pick all strawberries the day they ripen. You can either eat or preserve them as soon as possible.
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