strawberries

Strawberries are a reliable and rewarding crop to grow at home. Sweet red fruits are produced on neat compact plants which grow happily in raised garden beds, in the garden, in pots or even hanging baskets. The foliage is attractive too, making strawberries a pretty choice to use as a border plant or along a pathway and they happily spill over low walls.

How to grow strawberries in a garden

Strawberries can be grown from packaged crowns, small plants or Yates seed. Packaged crowns are available in winter and, because they usually possess a substantial root system, they’ll give the plants a head start. Small strawberry plants in mini pots are easier to find in the warmer months. Yates seed range includes an interesting alpine-type strawberry. Seed can be sown in spring or autumn but the small, sweet fruit don’t usually develop until the second year.

  1. Choose a spot in your garden that is sunny.
  2. Plant crowns, small plants or sow seeds into well drained soil, enriched with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Keep the soil moist as the plants establish or the seed germinates and then mulch with an organic mulch such as sugarcane or lucerne. 
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote healthy leaf growth, strong root development and lots of delicious berries.
  5. If transplanting, do so when plants are big enough to handle.
     
strawberries in a bowl
strawberries


How to grow strawberries in a pot

There are special strawberry pots that have a number of planting sections. If space is at a premium, strawberries can be grown in pots or hanging baskets.

  1. Once you’ve chosen your pot or basket, make sure it’s in a sunny spot.
  2. Plant crowns, small plants or sow seeds into well drained soil, enriched with Yates Dynamic Lifter Soil Improver & Plant Fertiliser.
  3. Keep the soil moist as the plants establish or the seed germinates and then mulch with an organic mulch such as sugarcane or lucerne. 
  4. Feed weekly with Yates Thrive Strawberry & Berry Fruit Liquid Plant Food to promote healthy leaf growth, strong root development and lots of delicious berries.
strawberries in hand
girl picking strawberries

Growing tips

  • Strawberries like mulch such as lucerne, pea or sugarcane straw, which helps keep the soil moist and the berries clean and up off the soil where they might rot. 

  • There are some excellent modern strawberry varieties and it’s helpful to plant a few different types if you have the space. This will maximise pollination of the flowers.

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