Growing Strawberries

Always buy healthy young strawberry plants in August or early September. They should be plants that have been obtained from a virus-free mother stock that has been grown in soil rich in organic matter.

With a trowel make a good hole for each plant, spread the roots carefully, put back the soil and tread down hard. Hoe lightly afterwards to remove footmarks. The rows should be 2-1/2 ft. apart and the plants 1 ft. apart in the rows. If planted in August strawberries will give a heavier yield, not only the first year, but for three years afterwards. If the weather is mild, planting can be done as late as early November, but this does not give time for the plants to establish themselves and winter losses can be expected. Spring planting is possible though no crop must be taken the first summer.

Fragaria x ananassa.

Fragaria x ananassa. (Photo credit: Wikipedia)

After flowering, mulch the plants. Use clean straw or peat or peat moss litter, or even polythene strips, and apply round the plants to keep the fruit trusses clean and off the soil. Do not apply the mulch too early, otherwise the risk of damage by frost will be increased.

If straw is used, rake it into ridges and burn it at the end of the season where it lies; this will not harm the plants and will help to get rid of pests. Alternatively scrape up the straw and put it on the compost heap, where it should be sprinkled with fish manure at 3 oz. per sq. yd.

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11. June 2013 by admin
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