Strawberries, if someone would ask me what my favorite fruit is, the first one that comes out is Strawberry. I’m a big fruit lover so today there are many fruits I love, but when I was a child strawberry was definitely the number one, and that just stuck around with me. Strawberries are those fruits that go great in many things, they are great raw, in smoothies, cakes, jams, cocktails, strawberries are just great.
And although it might be easy for you to get them in stores, I think we can all agree that there is a certain magic about having fruits that you picked from your own plant, and even if you live in an apartment, growing strawberries in pots is totally an option. This way you can actually enjoy.
growing strawberries from the comfort of your home, seeing the plant grow and develop these delicious fruits which you can then have whichever way you like. So if you are interested in knowing more about planting strawberry plants in pots, stick around, because today we will talk about how to plant strawberry plants in pots and in the garden.
Reasons to Consider Growing Your Own Strawberries:
- Strawberries are not hard plants to grow and the space you will need to grow them is quite flexible, you can grow strawberry plants in pots in small or large dimensions.
- No specialized equipment will be needed for strawberry plant growing. And growing container strawberries can be done on a balcony, deck, patio, or porch.
- The perennial nature of strawberry plants brings you a big benefit: the work you put into it will be rewarded with reaping for several years after that first initial effort in the first year of strawberry container growing. When you care for them properly, you can get up to a full quart of strawberries, produced by each of the strawberry plants. Another good reason for you to grow your own strawberries is that a lot of store-bought strawberries come from a plantation that uses pesticides and because of the fruits’ nature, it absorbs most of them. Which is one of the reasons why strawberries are repeatedly appearing on the lists of produces that are most contaminated. Even after being washed most strawberries bought in stores will have some pesticide residue on them. When you have strawberries growing in containers in your own garden, you will know the exact quality of the fruit you are eating.
So to Start I Will Give a Few Quick Points to Know When Growing Strawberry:
- Strawberries like full sun, so in order for the fruit production to reach its maximum, it needs to get enough sun exposure.
- Plants should be spaced 30 to 45 centimeters apart.
- Although they are self-fertile, bees will be required for the pollination of strawberries.
- Remove some runaway part of the plant along the season, otherwise, it is likely your yard will be taken over by strawberries.
- Up to 120 new plants can be produced by one plant of the June-bearing type.
How to Start Growing Container Strawberries
The first thing you need to decide is if you want to start growing them from strawberry seed or if you want to start with an already existing strawberry plant, which you can transplant from somewhere or buy. The process of starting them from seed requires more work, as the process of sprouting strawberry seed is delicate.
Whichever you decide to start with be it seed or plant, good fruit production will be achieved by growing a strawberry plant well. So the considerations and factors needed for successfully growing strawberry are: choosing the strawberry variety you want to grow, choosing the planting site, preparing the planting site you have chosen, making sure that the environment created is favorable for the growth of the plant, caring for the strawberry plants that are growing, harvesting the fruits, doing a renovation of the berry beds, and taking care of the plants while they are going through their dormant season.
When starting strawberries in pots it will be good for you to know the types that are available for you to grow. For a home gardener, there are three types available.
- June-bearing: The June-bearing strawberry plants produce in mid-June to early July a concentrated, large crop.
- Ever-bearing: Two crops are produced by the Ever-bearing strawberry types. One at the beginning of summer and the second one at the beginning of fall.
- Day-neutral: Day-neutral strawberry plants maintain fruit production during most of the growing season.
Of these three strawberry types, the one that normally produces per season the largest yield is the June-bearing, and it does so in a shorter window of time.
Ever-bearing and day-neutral types start flowering in the spring around the same time and the time between flowering and harvest for them is also around the same. The difference for them is that they continue flowering throughout the months of summer.
The Fragaria vesca, also known as woodland strawberry, is a species of strawberry of the day-neutral type. Sometimes you can also find it by the names of alpine strawberry, wild strawberry, or European strawberry. Sweet, small fruit is produced by these plants, usually not many fruits per week, two to three by each plant.
Mostly grown from seed, many of these plants may or may not produce runners. Shadier areas are tolerated by them. So you can have strawberry growing in containers, walkways, or perennial beds.
Planting and caring for strawberry growing in containers and on the ground
- Sunlight requirements- As I mentioned earlier, in order for them to produce fruit, strawberries need sun. Your plant will need to get direct sunlight every day for at least six hours, ideally for ten hours or more.
- Soil- Testing the soil before planting the strawberries will help you to know if there is any lack of nutrients there this way you can add whichever is missing to your soil. Before planting, it is a good idea to work into the soil some well-rotted compost. The compost will help to enrich the soil, increase microbial activity, and improve soil drainage, all these things will bring your plants benefits. They do best in well-draining soil, this way if there are heavy rains it won’t be sitting for a long time in a pool of water. You can lower the damages caused by frost by planting them on higher ground, this will also help the air circulate better around your plants.
- Location- When you pick the right location for strawberry containers growing you can lower the chances of pests and diseases for your plants. Choose a spot away from anything that can cast a shade on your plants for a long period of the day, for example, buildings or trees.
Care for Strawberry Plants Growing in Containers
Whenever you notice that the soil is dried out you should water it, you want to keep the compost moist. When watering your plants avoid getting the leaves wet, because when they are left wet there is a bigger chance that they will develop fungal diseases which can spread over your plant and end up affecting the fruits.
Keep the containers in a sunny spot in your garden, terrace, or patio, this will encourage the ripening and swelling of the new fruits. If when the fruits begin appearing, birds start eating your fruits you can place nets over your plant. So after all of this, it is time to harvest and enjoy your home-grown strawberries.
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