In zone 6 and further north, plant them outside during the spring months to ensure the plants are well-rooted by the following year. Spade soil to a depth of 8-10 inches, working in plenty of compost or well-rotted manure. Measure out planting holes 35cm (14in) apart. Cut out infected areas into healthy tissue and clear up infected debris. Ideally, begin working in aged manure or compost a couple months before planting. If your soil drains poorly, you can plant strawberries on mounds 5 or 6 inches tall. Can be susceptible to mildew. Planting the Strawberries 1 Dig a small hole for each plant 12–18 inches (30–46 cm) apart. Seedlings will send out runners, or ‘daughter’ plants, which in turn will send out their own runners. The following table tells you when to plant strawberry plants according to the U.S. agricultural zones: Strawberry Planting Guide: When to Plant Strawberry Plants. Spring planting is the most common time for planting strawberry plants and so depending on your area it will likely be best to plant in March or April. As they grow, they spread by sending out runners, which root right in the garden bed and produce daughter plants. Water frequently while new plants are establishing. Mounding improves drainage and increases air circulation around plants. In May, protect your bed with fleece if overnight frost threatens developing fruits. These can be planted from late spring to early summer and will fruit 60 days after planting. Incorporate organic matter … Pinch off all flowers until midsummer for the first season to encourage strong root and top growth. Strawberry plants can be grown almost anywhere – in borders, containers or hanging baskets. The Royal Horticultural Society is the UK’s leading gardening charity. Growing strawberries like to set out runners. ‘Pegasus’ AGM:Mid season - A good, reliable cropper with excellent disease resistance, particularly to mildew and verticillium wilt. Strawberries are so versatile – they just need sun, shelter, and fertile, well-drained soil. University of Maine Cooperative Extension discusses how to plant a strawberry bed. ‘Honeoye’ AGM:Early croppers - A darkish berry with excellent flavour. Plant dormant, bare-root strawberry plants 18 to 24 inches apart in 3- to 6-inch-high, 3- to 4-foot-wide raised beds. Spores enter plants via damaged tissue, wounds or open flowers. Plant strawberries in spring or fall based on your growing zone. Although this plant produces juicy and sweet fruit throughout the year, it isn’t the easiest to grow. Netting may be required to protect from birds. Strawberry plants are generally planted in rich, moist soil, spaced 12 to 18 inches apart, as they will shoot out runners quickly. 222879/SC038262. New strawberries rooted into pots can be overwintered in a greenhouse or cold frame then planted out in spring - particularly useful if winters are harsh in your area. Strawberries are traditionally grown in rows directly into garden soil. By David Marks Strawberries are a relatively easy crop to grow and they produce very tasty fruit quickly. Mould can also damage ripening fruit such as strawberries. Also remove the straw mulch, fibre mat, or black polythene, to prevent a build-up of pests and diseases. Simply impressive - this Strawberry and mascarpone tart is simple to make but looks impressive. Keep the soil moist but not saturated. Strawberries are tolerant of different soil types, although they prefer loam. For a quick harvest, it’s better to go with an 8-12 inch spacing to maximize the number of plants. How Many Strawberries Do Strawberry Plants Produce? In this method, strawberry plants are planted about 1-1/2' apart, in rows about 4' apart. times. Ensure that the base of the crown rests lightly on the surface before firming in gently. Plant the strawberry plants so their crowns are just above the soil surfac… This can kill the plants. One advantage of containers is that they allow you to move strawberries to follow the sunshine and bring them indoors during the winter. Apply 300g (approx. Eat them as soon as possible; they do not keep well once ripened. Pick strawberries when they are bright red all over, ideally during the warmest part of the day because this is when they are at their most tasty. Rotate your strawbery patch onto fresh ground to minimise the risk of disease build up in the soil. Runners look like little pieces of roots with very few leaves. Growing Strawberries from Seed Firstly, don't economise on seed raising mix. Blend in an application of Tui Strawberry Food. Perpetual strawberries are useful for extending the season. The crops are not so heavy as the summer-fruiting ones and the fruits are smaller, with the plants less likely to produce runners. RHS Registered Charity no. ‘Hapil’ AGM:Mid season - This mid-season cultivar produces heavy yields of light red fruits. Plant strawberries in sandy, loamy soil with a pH between 5.0-7.0. To plant strawberries in containers, choose smaller plants and don't overcrowd the container. There are early, mid-, and late fruiting cultivars cropping from early to mid-summer. Join the RHS today and support our charitable work, Keep track of your plants with reminders & care tips – all to help you grow successfully, For the latest on RHS Shows in 2020 and 2021, read more, RHS members get free access to RHS Gardens, Free entry to RHS members at selected times », Reduced prices on RHS Garden courses and workshops, General enquiries Plant the strawberries so their roots are just buried, about 30-45cm apart, then firm the soil around them. Keep Strawberry Plants Healthy. Keep the soil moist and grow in cooler locations. Dig out a hole large enough to accommodate the roots. Plant bare-rooted strawberry runners in spring or late summer/autumn. Steps for How to Plant Strawberries . Tissue Culture Propagation. Avoid windy sites which will prevent pollinating insects from reaching the flowers. How to plant and grow strawberries Succulent, highly fragrant and bursting with sweetness, the strawberry is one of the easiest plants to grow, and also one of the most rewarding. Late frosts can damage growth, leading to it dying or being distorted. If planting in the autumn or early spring, remove the first flush of flowers of perpetual strawberries, but remove flowers of summer strawberries only if the plants are weak. Now take the large plant or several small plants and plant them on the very top. Strawberries are traditionally grown in rows directly into garden soil. It isn’t always easy to tell if the plant is alive and healthy, but there are some hints that can clue you into the welfare of the plants. They have a short but heavy cropping period over two or three weeks. The crown of the plant, which is the swollen stem base, must be left at the surface of the soil and not buried too deep. Don’t be alarmed, this is how they should look. How to Plant Strawberries Space plants about 12 inches apart down a row. Water the plants in well. CLICK PHOTO TO PLAY VIDEO. In USDA zones 6 and colder, plant outside in the early spring. 1 cup) per square metre of garden and mix thoroughly into the soil. You can start strawberries from either bare-root crowns or seedlings, but seedlings started in small 3- to 4-inch pots will establish themselves in containers faster than bare-root crowns. Videos will load automatically. You can get special strawberry growing pots with balconies for individual plants. Strawberry plants can be spaced as close as 8 inches or as far apart as several feet. Strawberries love a sunny location and rich, well-drained soil. ‘Alice’ AGM:Mid season - One of the best midsummer strawberries with a sweet flavour and juicy texture with good disease resistance. Take off any netting so birds can feed on any pests. How to plant strawberries: dig out a hole big enough to spread out the roots of each strawberry plant. Strawberry Plants Producing Runners but no Strawberries. Strawberries do best in well-drained soil so plant them into soil that has been mounded up slightly. Strawberry plants will spread out about 2 feet in every direction. Grey mould ( botrytis) is a common disease especially in damp or humid conditions. Strawberries for sale in pots or packs (normally from late spring onwards) can be planted as soon as you buy them. 020 3176 5800 Prepare the soil by digging in plenty of well-rotted garden compost and apply a dressing of sulphate of potash fertiliser. The everbearing strawberry plant is perfect for strawberry lovers—it bears fruit two to three times per year, giving you plenty of strawberries for recipes like strawberry smoothies and strawberry shortcake.. Summer-fruiting varieties have the largest  fruit. If you've planted  cold-stored runners in late spring to early summer, leave the flowers on. Plant strawberries along the edge of a container so that the fruit can hang off the side. You can also buy cold-stored runners. Avoid windy sites which will prevent pollinating insects from reaching the flowers. Trim the roots lightly to 10cm (4in) if necessary, then spread them out in the hole. Alternatively, try growing in containers or growing-bags. Water well for the first few weeks. A usually grey, fuzzy fungal growth which can begin as pale or discoloured patches. The large, bright, glossy fruits have good flavour. How to Plant Strawberries. Cover all roots but keep the middle of the crown (the central growing bud where the leaves begin to emerge) at soil level. HOW TO PLANT STRAWBERRIES Provide adequate space for sprawling. And of course the fruit is extremely popular – home-grown strawberries taste delicious and are great value too! The important thing is to plant early enough so your plants can get established before the really harsh temperatures hit. If you’d rather spend less on plants and don’t mind a bit of a wait, it’s fine to space the plants a few feet apart. ‘Florence’:Late season - A late summer strawberry with good disease resistance. You can buy runners from late summer to early spring, and they should be planted in early autumn, or early spring (avoid planting in winter when the ground is wet and cold). If you’re planting strawberry runners, spread the roots out in the hole and make sure the crown of the plant is resting at soil level. After cropping has finished, cut off old leaves from summer-fruiting strawberries to allow fresh leaves to develop. Most do not keep their shape when frozen. In-ground gardens, raised beds, and containers are all excellent growing areas. Strawberries grow best in loose, well-draining, slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.8. Rooting and Finishing Tissue Culture Plants. Strawberries are sprawling plants. Try to avoid wetting crowns and fruit as this can promote disease. Planting at the correct depth is important: if the crown is planted too deeply it will rot; if it is planted too shallowly the plants will dry out and die. Allow for lots of space between the plants when planting. The plants will grow until they eventually form thick, lush rows about 2' wide. Position your plants about 30cm apart, in full sun. As fruits start to develop, tuck straw or fibre mats underneath plants to keep fruit clean. More information on propagating your own plants from runners. Use a trowel to dig a hole big enough to accommodate the roots of the plant, and if you’re growing strawberries in the ground, plant them 45cm (18") apart, leaving 75cm (30") between rows. This article will show you how to plant them, ongoing care, propagation, pests and diseases and our strawberry growing calendar. Small containers will need only one to two plants, but you can fill all the openings in a strawberry jar. Adult vine weevils eat notches in the edges of leaves, while plump, creamy white larvae with brown heads cause more damage to the roots, on which they feed. These will produce strawberries in 60 days, reverting to their natural cropping period the following year. Fruits are firm and have excellent sweet flavour. Afterwards, water the strawberries regularly to keep the soil moist, and pull out any weeds by hand, making sure to remove them by the roots. In most climates, gardeners can plant strawberries as perennials. Nigel Slater’s soft set Strawberry jam is easy to make and tastes of summer. Place … Mon – Fri | 9am – 5pm, Join the RHS today and support our charity. In greenhouses, reduce humidity by ventilating and avoid overcrowding of young plants and seedlings. RHS Garden Hyde Hall Spring and Orchid Show, Free entry to RHS members at selected This will also help suppress weeds. View all Strawberries at the RHS Plants Shop. Set plants out 20 inches apart to leave room for runners and leave 4 feet between rows. Use a trowel and make a small hole that will fit the roots of your plant. Strawberries are incredibly easy to grow. Strawberries can be bought as potted plants or bare-rooted runners. The following table lists the date ranges when you should plant strawberries according to USDA zones. References Can be prone to disease. Fill the container with loose, loamy potting mix that will hold water but will drain away any excess. We aim to enrich everyone’s life through plants, and make the UK a greener and more beautiful place. Avoid planting in windy positions. Planting in windy positions can deter pollinators from visiting flowers. During the growing season, give strawberry plants a liquid potash feed – such as a tomato feed – every 7 to 14 days. Space rows 75cm (30in) apart. Black resting spores survive over winter. STRAWBERRY FAQ, Growing Strawberries Indoors (Hydroponics), reasons you should consider growing your own strawberries, Recommended Strawberry Varieties by State, How Many Strawberries do Strawberry Plants Produce, keeping birds, bugs, and other pests away from your strawberries, 4 Secrets to Growing Loads of Organic Strawberries, Mulching Strawberry Plants with Straw for Winter. Plasticulture: grow bare root strawberry plants on plastic. ‘Elsanta’:Mid season - The most widely grown commercial cultivar, it has superb flavour and large yields of glossy, red fruit. Strawberries are tolerant of different soil types, although they prefer loam. A multi-tiered prefab raised bed filled with topsoil and compost is perfect for raising strawberries. More information on propagating your own plants from runners. The higher the number, the closer the zone is to the equator. Keep the roots in water to avoid drying out during the planting process. is hardy and has good disease resistance, although it can be susceptible to mildew. In poor soils grow in raised beds, which improves drainage and increases rooting depth. Soil should drain well and not become waterlogged after rain. In poor soils grow in raised beds, which improves drainage and increases rooting depth. Add a general purpose fertiliser such as Growmore at 100g per sq m (3oz per sq yd). Plant in well draining, rich soil. Strawberries are a favorite fruit for the home gardener, and Sarah eagerly awaits the first crop. Episode 1: How to Plant Strawberries. Buy plants from a reputable supplier so that cultivars are true to type plants are disease free. How to Plant Garden Strawberries . Give strawberries room for runners by planting them 18 inches apart. Make mounds about 10cm high for strawberries to be planted on. Remove damaged plant parts before they can become infected. This isn't necessary with autumn fruiting plants, instead just remove old leaves in the end of season clear up. How to Plant Strawberries No matter what type of strawberry you grow, select a spot in full sun (that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight every day) for your bed that has moist, well-drained soil. Strawberry plants require 6-10 hours a day of direct sunlight, so choose your planting site accordingly. Perfect for gardens of all sizes and climates, a strawberry can be grown in a pot, planter, hanging basket, bag or garden beds. Pull out any weeds that do emerge. ‘Symphony’(PBR) AGM:Late season - Acultivar from Scotland with attractive, glossy, red fruit and excellent flavour. Well you have made it to the top section. ‘Aromel’ AGM:Pepetual - A cultivar popular for its delicious flavour. Ideally, begin working in aged manure or compost a couple months before planting. Expect strawberry plants to crop successfully for four years before replacing them. Plant the Strawberries In early spring, dig small holes every 24" in the rows. Fruits during early summer. As these plants mature, they will drape over the sides and bush out hiding the water tube and adding beauty to your finished pot. Plant your strawberries in a container filled with potting mix, or in a sunny, well-draining spot in your garden. A foot-wide (30cm) hanging basket will hold three to four plants. 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