Strawberries

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Fragaria ananassa

Fraises    Strawberries   Fresas   Erdbeere

Crop Rotation Group :Miscellaneousstrawberry

Soil :Well-drained, moderately acidic soil amended with compost.

Position : Full sun in beds, partial shade in containers.

Frost tolerant : Winter hardy, though plants go dormant from late fall to early spring.


Companionage

Helps: bush beans, lettuce, onions, spinach, passion fruit
Helped by:
caraway, bush beans, lupin, onions, sage, thyme, borage
Avoid:
brassicas, tomatoes, potatoes, eggplant, peppers, melons, okra, mint, bush or bramble fruits, stone fruits, chrysanthemums, roses
Attracts:
Slugs and snails
Repels: 


 Plantation

Sow and Plant :Set out plants in early spring, or in fall in mild winter areas. Take care not to bury the central crown when transplanting.

Germination:  days

Spacing :Single Plants: 1′ 11″ (60cm) each way; Rows: 1′ 11″ (60cm) with 1′ 11″ (60cm) row gap

Feeding : In fall and again in early spring, topdress established plants with rich compost or an organic fertilizer. Allow plants to rest in midsummer.


Harvesting :Gather ripe fruits in the morning, when they are cool, and refrigerate immediately. Wash in cool water just before eating.

Time to harvest: days


Troubleshooting :Slugs can be deterred with straw mulch or traps. Use lightweight cloth or netting to protect ripening berries from birds.

Notes :Thyme planted and/or placed next to each other help grow more strawberries quickly.
Can be used as a ground cover beneath grapes or blueberries, or managed as a perpetual bed. In late summer, remove weeds and withered leaves, and thin runners to no more than 3 per plant. Lift and transplant extra runners.