TRICKS TO CULTIVATE STRAWBERRIES IN YOUR GARDEN
Sun exposure: Total
When to plant them: In early spring or late autumn in hot climates, when it is not so cold.
Pests and diseases to consider: Aphids, red spiders, gray mold
HOW TO PLANT STRAWBERRIES
Plant them in a row 30 cm apart. Cover the roots but keep the central part at ground level.
June-bearer (strawberries sprout once in late spring or early summer): Jewel
Everbearing (the fruit is born until the first frost arrives): Seascape, Tristar.
Use a balanced fertilizer during planting, then add compost and don't forget to fertilize every spring. In late autumn, cover it all with a straw blanket, and remove a part in spring. Of course, keep it moist without weeds forming.
1. How long do strawberries take to grow?
Strawberries are perennial fruits that are born every year and last a lot of time. But although you will get some fruit the first time, it is better to cut the flowers and let the plant use all its energy to develop solid roots that strengthen it.
2. Can you grow strawberries with seeds?
Yes, but the growth is very slow ... Much better with plants! And although you can get cuttings from a neighbor, you run the risk of the plant developing any virus that it already had, so it is better that you buy them at a local nursery with a certificate that proves that they are disease free.
3. Can they grow in containers?
Yes! If you do not have space on the ground you can grow them in the patio or terrace, although you should water them regularly because the containers are dried before.
4. When are you ready to pick up?
When strawberries are red but before they get dark and lose their brightness. Just do not forget to cover them with a black polyethylene mesh to prevent animals from eating them before you ...
Photo: Eddie Phan
THE TRICK OF THE EXPERT
"It is better to acquire the plants in local nurseries," says the author of the book The Vegetable Gardener's Bible and Incredible Vegetables from Self-Watering Containers, Ed Smith. "If you buy them in another region, you don't know where the seeds have grown, and not all variants grow the same, it all depends on the area."
Via: Country Living US