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Grow and Care Strawberry Plants Tips

strawberry-plantSTRAWBERRIES, once available only in June, can now be found in stores almost all year. But these year-round berries are tasteless compared to the full, rich flavor of a homegrown berry. And with today’s everbearing and day-neutral strawberry varieties — in addition to the early-summer classics — home gardeners can enjoy picking strawberries almost all summer.

Old-fashioned, early-summer strawberries are large, sweet and abundant. They all ripen at once, so a good-size strawberry bed will yield enough fruit for plenty of fresh eating. Everbearing strawberries produce two smaller crops: one in June (earlier in the South) and the other in late summer. Day-neutral berries are not sensitive to the length of the day so they produce some berries all summer, with the possible exception of the hottest times. If you are planting a day-neutral variety, consider putting in twice as many plants to ensure that you can harvest more than a handful of berries at a time.

Strawberries should be planted 12-18″ apart, so the crown — the growth point where roots and shoots join — is level with the soil surface. The first year, you should pinch off any flowers so the plants will develop to their full potential. The second year you can start harvesting berries. The plants will send out “runners”, which are new plants that will root and start new plants. Remove most of those runners or your bed will become a jumble of crowded plants, none of them doing very well. In general, day-neutral plants send fewer runners and are easier to manage.

A typical method for developing strawberries is from transplants from known sorts with great development histories. The strawberry is not exclusively an organic product, the same number of trust it to be. Really, the berry is an individual from the rose family. A few producers allude to the strawberry plant as back to front organic product since its seeds develop on outside. Amid the Middle Ages strawberries were accepted to be a Spanish fly and were served in soups to love birds at breakfast.

In the South fruitful assortments incorporate Douglas, Dover and Toga. On the off chance that you are developing strawberries in Northern states, Delmarvel and Allstar are prescribed. They are both ailment safe and create expansive measured berries. With just a little cultivating range to work with, day impartial and continually bearing assortments are ideal.

Strawberry cultivation :

When planting in the Southern United States, the ideal time is September through November. Young Northern producers begin to arrive at garden centers during early fall months. Some varieties can tolerate a light frost and short freeze. Only during light frosts can you expect the flowers and fruit to escape damage.

Fertilizing Growing Strawberries :

Mix 2 and one half pounds of 6-6-6 fertilizer for each 100 square feet of garden space. However, to be accurate, always follow the advice on the product label. Too much fertilizer is never a good idea.

Garden pests and destructive disease :

There are garden pests that find growing strawberries irresistible. Thrips, snails, caterpillars and slugs are known to enjoy the plant. Plant disease you’ll likely encounter are fruit rot and leaf spot.

Many gardeners now prefer natural methods of getting rid of garden pests. A simple method is the use of insecticide soap. A search online will turn up other safe and natural products for use on your growing strawberries.

Harvesting your berries :

Strawberries are one of the first crops to be picked in the garden. Harvest the tasty fruit when it’s mostly red and still firm. If you have a large crop pick the ripened fruit daily. By doing so you’ll beat the birds and insects to the vulnerable fruit