Strawberries are a delicious addition to any garden and provide a sweet treat all summer. In fact, one plant started in June can produce up to a hundred and twenty new plants in one season
How and When to Plant Strawberries When planning your strawberry patch, it?s important to know that strawberries thrive in full sun so locate a bright sunny spot where they?ll have six or more hours of full sun exposure. Many varieties produce blossoms in early spring that can be killed by a late frost unless there?s plenty of sun on your plants. Most importantly, keep in mind that the amount of sun your plants get will determine the size of the crop and the size of the berries as well. Rich soil with a pH factor of 6 to 6.5 works best for strawberries, so plan on working some organic compost into the soil in your beds or pots. The soil needs to be well-draining.
Your plants should be spaced one to one and a half feet (30-46 cm.) apart to allow plenty of room for them to grow and spread.
Strawberry Plant Care As soon as your plants are in the ground, water and apply an all-purpose fertilizer to get them off to a good start. This is tough to do, but it?s important: remove all the blossoms from your June-bearing plant during its first growth season and remove blossoms from everbearing plants until early July. After these first rounds of blossoms are taken off, the plants will produce berries. Pinching the first blossoms helps the root systems strengthen and helps the plants make better, bigger berries. Don?t drown your berry plants but try to be sure they are regularly watered with an average of 1 to 2 inches (2.5-5 cm.) of water every day. Drip or soaker hoses placed nearby work best.
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