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Strawberries: Choose and Grow the Best Tasting Strawberries

March 23rd, 2017 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Strawberry Buddy - Growing Strawberries Homegrown strawberries are indulgent and delicious – they’re always nice and easy to grow! This post will look at the best types of strawberry to grow and the best way to grow them. 

  • If you choose a range of strawberry varieties and you could be picking fresh fruits from late spring – all the way to autumn. Start with early season varieties, followed by mid season and then finally late season strawberries. Alternatively, you can grow everbearing strawberries, these yield fruits in smaller quantities from early summer to autumn.
  • If you’re going to be making jam with your strawberries then it’s best to choose varieties that produce a lot of strawberries in one go.
  • Alpine strawberries are a lower maintenance alternative, they can be left to sprawl between ornamentals and will naturally self-seed. Their fruits are tiny – but offer an intense aromatic taste.
  • Strawberries love rich soil! Be sure to add plenty of organic matter to your compost before planting.
  • Strawberries can grow in impartial shade but will have lower yields. So, sunny positions are preferable.
  • Plant strawberries, so that the base of the crown is at soil level and space them around 18 – 24 inches apart. Allowing plenty of room for weeding, watering and picking.
  • Strawberries grow very well in containers filled with quality potting soil, they can be planted a little closer together but you’ll need to water your plants a little more frequently as they’ll dry out rapidly. Fruit is less likely to be damaged by slugs.
  • For an extra early variety, cover them with cloche or polyethene tunnel from the end of winter. Once the plants come into flower, remove the covers on warm days – this will allow insect pollinators access. This could offer you a crop up to three weeks earlier.
  • Keep plants well watered in dry weather, so that the fruits can swell to a good size. Plants undercover may need more water.
  • Stop mud from splashing onto developing fruits by laying down strawberry mats shortly after planting. Alternatively, use a mulch which will lock in moisture whilst keeping fruits clean. Straw is the traditional choice – hence the name strawberries!!

These are just a few top tips for picking strawberry varieties and growing them. If you’d like to find out more, the video below has more tips and advice. We’d love any ideas you have for growing strawberries – let us know in the comments or on our social media.

If you’d like to see our varieties of strawberries, you can find them here on the Mr Fothergill’s website.

Strawberries: Choose and Grow the Best Tasting Strawberries

 

Growing Strawberries: How to Grow New Strawberry Plants from Runners [video]

August 8th, 2016 | The vegetable garden | 0 Comments

Lindsay Devon Strawberries - Growing StrawberriesHomegrown strawberries are perfect for summer and it’s easier than expected to make more of this delicious, juicy fruit. Strawberry plants have long stalks, called runners and these can be used to grow more young strawberry plants, making the initial investment in stock plants very cost effective indeed.  This video will run through advice on growing strawberries from runners.

  • Established strawberry plants will send out multiple runners over the soil surface. Each of these has tiny plantlets along it’s length. These can be rooted, established and then planted on to create new strawberry plants.
  • Runners take a lot of energy from the plant to grow. Within the first two years of life they should be cut off from where they emerge, leaving the mother plant concentrating on fruit production.
  • Year three and the runners can become useful. When looking at them, you may already be able to see the roots forming underneath as they reach down for the soil where they have landed. Peg these plantlets into the ground or containers to help them more firmly establish themselves.
  • After a few months, the plantlet will have begun growing new leaves, at this point it’s important to cut it free from the parent plant.
  • Strawberries become less productive over time, therefore growing new plants from runners every three to four years will keep your strawberry patch renewed and will ensure you have a constant harvest of strawberries.
  • For best results, plant new strawberry plants in fresh soil different to the previous year’s patch.

These are just a few tips and tricks on growing strawberries from the runners of your current plants. If you’ve ever used this method and have any further tips please do let us know in the comments below or on social media. 

Growing Strawberries: How to Grow New Strawberry Plants from Runners