Strawberries a classic summer berry. Their unique sweet yet tart flavor is a must, especially on warm summer evenings. Their flavor has been used in a variety of different foods like cereal, ice cream and lemonade. Luckily Strawberry bushes are one of the easiest types of fruit bushes that can be grown at home! Follow these simple instructions and you’ll have tons of strawberries!
Plant your Strawberry plants in an area that receives full sunlight. They can tolerate shade, but will perform better in full sun. If you plant them in an area with partial shade, they need at least six hours of direct sunlight a day. Multiple strawberry plants should be planted about a foot apart.
Once you have your location scouted dig a hole three times as wide as the container and just as deep. Use your hands to loosen the soil around the sides of the hole. Then place your plant in the hole, make sure that it’s level with the ground around it and standing straight up. Strawberry plants send out runners, so make sure that they have enough space to do so.
Keep the soil around your plants moist, but not over saturated. Make sure that the soil doesn’t dry out. Check on your plants about once a week, and if the soil feels dry add some water. Strawberries need at least an inch of water a week. When watering your plants water them at the base, not overhead. Water droplets on the leaves can lead to mold and fungi.
Strawberry plants will benefit from a little fertilizer in the early spring. Use a well balanced fertilizer like formula 10-10-10. Be careful not to over fertilize your plants, this can result in burning them or producing a lot of leaves, and less flowers. After your berry harvest give your plants a little more fertilizer.
It’s important to keep an eye on your Strawberry plant during the summer, to watch for runners. Runners are long stems without any leaves. If you cut them back to the ground with sterile, sharp pruners you’ll have a bushier plant that produces more fruit. Runners will eventually develop their own roots and can be used to create another strawberry plant, but it will be more beneficial for your plant to focus its energy on growing fruit instead of runners. At the end of the growing season cut your plants down to about four inches.
Pests and Diseases:
Strawberry plants are subject to pests and disease. However, these conditions are very easy to treat. Keep an eye out for signs of bugs. If you see holes in the leaves or visible bugs spray your plant with an organic pesticide. If the leaves or fruit is discolored or has spots remove them and spray your plant with an organic fungicide.
Strawberry plants are self-fertile, but often have more success when they have multiple plants to pollinate with. Natural pollinators like the wind and bees are best for pollinating the blooms. If they have more blooms to visit, then more pollen will be spread.