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How to… Grow Strawberries

Growing strawberries can be a fun and rewarding experience for any gardener and a great one to introduce children to gardening. These delicious fruits are not only easy to grow, but they also require minimal space and maintenance. We’re kicking off our How to journal series with some tips for growing healthy and bountiful strawberry plants.

What will you need to grow strawberries?

  • Strawberry seeds or seedlings
  • A space in your garden/Allotment, a planter or a hanging basket to plant your seeds in
  • Soil or potting compost
  • Secateurs 
  • Hand Trowel
  • Watering Can

Step 1. 

Choose the right location: Strawberries prefer well-drained, slightly acidic soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5. They also need full sun, so make sure to choose a spot that gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day.

Step 2

Plant at the right time: The best time to plant strawberries is in the spring, as soon as the soil can be worked, if you’re planting into the ground.  

Planting in the Spring allows the plants to establish themselves before the hot summer months and should give you strawberries that are perfect to enjoy with a summer BBQ.

Step 3

Use the right variety: There are several different varieties of strawberries, each with its own unique characteristics. Some varieties are better suited for certain climates or soil types, so make sure to choose a variety that will thrive in your garden/yard or allotment.

We prefer juicy succulent strawberries like the ‘Buddy’ variety, which is an everbearing fruit and produces heavy crops, giving you great value and lots of fruit! 

Step 4

Provide proper care: Strawberries need regular watering and fertilization to thrive. Water your plants at least once a week, and use a fertilizer that is high in nitrogen to promote healthy leaf growth.

Step 5

Maintain good hygiene: Keep the area around your strawberry plants free of debris and weeds. This will help prevent the spread of pests and diseases.

Step 6

Prune and remove runners: Prune the flowers of the first year’s growth, so the plant can focus on producing runners. These runners will grow into new plants, which can be transplanted into other areas of your garden or to other planters.

Step 7

Harvesting: Strawberries are ready to harvest when they are fully red and plump. Use Secateurs or scissors to cut the stem just above the fruit, leaving a small portion of the stem on the fruit.

By following these tips, you can enjoy a bountiful harvest of delicious and healthy strawberries right from your own backyard for many years to come. 

Once you’ve grown your strawberries why not make homemade strawberry tarts, jams, a classic Eton mess or enjoy them fresh. Don’t forget to share your gardening adventures on social media and tag us @Jardinopia.

Happy gardening!


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