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How to Grow Strawberries

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How to Grow Strawberries

By Jordan Laio, Hometalk

Strawberries are one of the gardener’s favorite crops. There is no comparing a fresh-picked, homegrown strawberry to most supermarket fare.  Strawberries are also one of the fruits which require a small amount of space but can produce abundantly.

Like other berries, most strawberries are perennials, which means their roots stay from year to year and expand with each passing year, although any particular plant will begin to decline after about two or three years. On the other hand, some types will not even produce fruit in the first year they are planted. So, keep this in mind when choosing which strawberries you will plant.

When to Plant Strawberries

Spring is the perfect time to plant strawberries, but not the only time. Depending on what type of strawberries you plant, they may produce their first summer or they may need an overwintering period in order to start producing their second summer.

If you want fruit in your first season, make sure you buy “dayneutral” or “everbearer” types of strawberries, which can produce in their first summer, although be patient as it can take up to 12 weeks from the date of planting for fruit to form. Also, you can buy mature potted plants which will be ready to produce. If choosing Junebearing-type plants, they will produce their second summer.

While they don’t provide instant gratification, Junebearers are reputed to produce the most flavorful strawberries, so the wait may be worth it.

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2:22PM PDT on Aug 6, 2013

Thank you.

7:18AM PDT on Aug 4, 2013

Thank you for sharing.

1:08PM PDT on Jul 11, 2011

Friends gave me topsie turbies for strawberries & tomatoes when I got my first home. I got growth & two or three mini strawberries but the bottom plants died immediately & now neither turbies are producing anything. The tomato plants have just flowered but they haven't developed anything.

2:41AM PDT on Jul 8, 2011

Thanks. I have mine in hanging baskets, as they are good draped over as well. anyway, I used to have OLD plants, that were from my great grandmother's farm. Those were great.

9:24PM PDT on Jun 29, 2011

Thank you. I used to grow strawberries and they were wonderful. Very easy to grow.

3:57PM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

thanks for the trips

9:02AM PDT on Jun 28, 2011

makes me appreciate the care that goes into the ones I buy

6:05PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

I have a huge strawberry patch that I share with the birds.......

1:01PM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

i love strawberries, ....

10:57AM PDT on Jun 27, 2011

Thanks

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