Strawberries are a delicious and healthy fruit, but you can only get them from stores during the summer. If you want to grow your own strawberries at home, start by finding a good location for your strawberry patch. Strawberry plants need full sun and well-drained soil. A sunny spot near the house is ideal for a strawberry patch.

Planting strawberry seeds is a great way to get a head start on your spring planting. However, it can be difficult to know when to plant strawberry seeds and what conditions they need to germinate.

It is important to plant strawberry seeds in the fall or early winter so that they have time to grow and develop before the weather gets too cold. You can plant strawberry seeds in the spring if you live in an area with mild winters, but it’s best to wait until the soil has warmed up enough for them to grow well.

Choose the best strawberry plant.

There are many considerations when choosing a plant. The first step is to determine which variety of strawberry is best suited to your climate. If you want a long harvest period, choose the everbearing or day-neutral type. If you want to grow just one variety, consider looking for plants that produce berries year round, such as Camarosa and Ovation.

If you’re growing berries for food production rather than as an ornamental plant in your garden, disease resistance is essential. Choose varieties like Chandler and Darselect, disease resistant varieties that also have high yields and good flavor.

Finally, when it comes time to purchase plants ask questions about yield so that you can make sure your investment will get the most out of its potential

Get rid of weeds in the field.

Before you plant your strawberries, get rid of weeds in the field. Weeds compete with strawberry plants for nutrients and water, harbor pests and diseases, and make it difficult to harvest the fruits.

If you have a small plot of land, remove weeds by hand using a hoe or tiller. If you have many acres of land, use a chemical herbicide such as Roundup to kill off any unwanted vegetation.

Install a drip irrigation system.

The drip irrigation system is your best bet for water efficiency and conservation. It’s easy to install, and will make sure that your plants get the right amount of water at exactly the right time. It’s also a relatively small investment (you can get it for about $30), so it’s well worth considering before you start planting.

Fertilize the plants well.

You’ll want to fertilize your strawberries well. A balanced fertilizer will do the trick, and you can follow the directions on the package. You should fertilize in spring and again in fall, but be sure not to use a fertilizer with too much nitrogen during hot weather.

You’ll also need a watering can or hose to make sure that your plants get enough water, especially when they’re young.

Keep up with your regular garden chores.

Here are some of the things you should do to keep your strawberry plants healthy and growing:

  • Remove weeds.
  • Water the plants.
  • Fertilize the plants.
  • Remove old plants, prune the new ones, and remove pests from both types of plant.

Make sure that all dead leaves, flowers, berries and seeds are removed from around the base of each plant as well as any branches that have died during this process (since they will not produce any fruit).

Space the plants correctly when planting.

When you are planting strawberry plants, it is important to space them correctly. If you plant them too close together, they will not produce as many berries and they may be more susceptible to disease.

Plant strawberries in rows with 18 inches between rows and 3 feet between plants. This spacing allows the strawberry roots enough room to grow without crowding each other or competing for nutrients in the soil.

Protect your strawberry plants from frost.

You can protect strawberry plants from frost by using row covers or plastic tenting.

If you live in an area that experiences cold weather, it’s important to keep your strawberries warm and dry. You can do this by using a heating mat inside of their containers, or by keeping them in a room that is heated during the winter months.

Make sure you keep your plants out of direct sunlight, as well as cold winds. Your strawberry plants need protection from both of these elements to survive over the winter months with little damage to them or their fruit production next spring.

Mulch around the strawberry plants after planting them to keep the soil moist and warm, especially in early spring.

Mulch is a protective layer of organic material that helps the soil to retain moisture, and insulates it from extreme temperatures. It also keeps weeds from growing. Mulch is recommended for all strawberry plants after planting them, especially in early spring when there is still risk of frost damage.

Keep a few things in mind when planting strawberries and you’ll have a successful crop

  • Choose the best strawberry plant.
  • Get rid of weeds in the field.
  • Install a drip irrigation system to water your strawberry plants, so they don’t dry out.
  • Fertilize the plants well and keep up with your regular garden chores, like weeding and mulching.
  • Space the plants correctly when planting them (following instructions on package), so that they will have enough room for their roots to grow without being crowded by other strawberry plants nearby. Protecting your strawberry plants from frost is also important for getting good fruit production in springtime.

How to fertilize Strawberry Fruit

You can fertilize your strawberry plants in the following ways:

  • Before planting and after planting.
  • Before harvesting and after harvesting.
  • For the first harvest (before fruit set), this should be done about 6 weeks before harvest time. For subsequent harvests, you want to add fertilizer when you begin picking from each new batch of fruit that matures on your strawberry patch throughout the year.

When to harvest Strawberry Fruit

  • When to harvest strawberry fruit:
  • Strawberries are ready once they are bright red and juicy. They will be soft to the touch, fragrant and plump with juice. If you pinch the berry gently with your thumb and forefinger, it should easily bend without breaking off from its stem.
  • Storing strawberries:

You can keep strawberries for up to 2 days at room temperature or about a week when refrigerated in a paper bag or container lined with a paper towel that’s been wetted down (this will help them keep their moisture).

Pest control of Strawberry Fruit

To prevent pests, use a handheld sprayer to apply a insecticide when the plant is wet. The best time to spray is in the morning or late afternoon, because this will ensure that it won’t burn your plants’ leaves. If you haven’t yet hand-picked any caterpillars or other pests from your strawberry plants, be sure to do so before spraying them with insecticide. After spraying the plants with insecticide, wait at least 24 hours before harvesting any strawberries for human consumption—this will allow enough time for all traces of pesticide residue to disappear from the fruit itself

Conclusion

Now you know how to plant strawberries successfully and start enjoying their sweet, juicy flavor. As you can see, growing strawberries is very easy if you follow these steps carefully. You’ll be surprised at how quickly your plants begin producing berries! However, keep in mind that strawberry plants will continue to grow for many years after planting them initially so make sure there are still enough nutrients available by adding fertilizer periodically. It doesn’t take much effort just some time and patience but it pays off big time with delicious fruits every summer

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