Growing Strawberries: How to Plant, Grow, and Harvest Strawberries
Don’t you love homemade strawberry jam, pie, or even strawberry ice cream? If you love these items, then why not get into growing strawberries yourself?
You can have the main ingredient fresh and on hand when you are up for making delicious dessert recipes.
But what if you are unfamiliar with growing strawberries? Don’t worry about that because I’ve got you covered.
I’m going to share with you all you need to know to raise a successful strawberry patch. Here is what you need to know about growing strawberries in your backyard:
Quick Gardening Facts for Strawberries:
- Hardiness Zones: 2, 3, 4, 5, 6, 7, 8, 9, 10, 11
- Soil: Loamy, sandy PH between 5.5 and 7.0, deep, well-drained, rich in organic matter
- Sun Exposure: Full sun, 6 to 10 hours a day of direct sunlight
- Planting: Plant 2 to 3 weeks before the average date in spring
- Spacing: 15 to 24 inches between plants and 36 to 48 inches between rows
- Depth: ¼ inch seed depth, make planting holes deep and wide to accommodate seedling root system without bending
- Best Companions: Beans, chive, borage, peas, radish, spinach, onion, lettuce, marigold, sage, fennel, dill, coriander, caraway, asparagus
- Worst Companions: Cabbage, cauliflower, broccoli, brussels sprout, collard greens, kale, kohlrabi, okra, melon, rose, celery
- Watering: Water regularly and adequately, 1 to 1.5 inches per week
- Fertilizing: Apply balanced fertilizer one month after planting, you can fertilize in the spring and again in the fall
- Common Problems: Angular leaf spot, leaf scorch, anthracnose, gray mold, leaf spot, phomopsis leaf blight, powdery mildew, red stele, slugs, aphids, armyworm, Japanese beetle, loopers, thrips, weevils, spider mites
- Harvest: Harvest when the fruits are fully red, typically 4 to 6 weeks after blossoming
Growing Strawberries – Varieties
There are many varieties of strawberries. In fact, there are too many to mention here. However, I’m going to share the most popular types to give you a good starting point.
But you need to know upfront; strawberries have different growing options. You can grow a June-bearing plant, which will produce in June as the name suggests because they need the long summer days.
There is an ever-bearing variety which will give you two crops, one early and one late. They don’t require such vast amounts of sunlight.
Finally, there is a day-neutral variety which will produce a crop from summer through fall instead of just one or two crops for the season like the other varieties.