Haven't got the
space in your garden to grow strawberries? Try growing them in hanging
trees need far more space than the average garden can provide, but
the strawberry is one fruit that takes up very little room. Strawberry
plants are small enough to grow in pots or, better still, hanging
Like so many of our popular
foods, strawberries originated in the Americas and were introduced
to Europe in the 1600s. From there they spread all around the world.
Much breeding work has been done with strawberries, and improved
varieties become available all the time.
Strawberries are sold
in a number of different ways. In the cooler months dormant plants
are available packaged, with their roots wrapped in moisture-holding
material. For much of the year (especially in the warmer seasons)
strawberries are sold as seedling plants in small, individual pots.
But one of the most rewarding and economical ways to grow strawberries
is from seeds. Seeds are sold by suppliers such as
One fun way of growing
strawberries is in a hanging basket. Hanging baskets filled with
strawberries not only look good, but allow the fruit to stay well
clear of the ground. This means that they're much less likely to
suffer from pests and diseases.
Start by choosing a suitable
container. Fill the pot or basket with top quality potting mix.
Mix in some slow-release fertiliser such as Nutricote Controlled
Release Fertiliser. Water well. When the excess water has drained
from the potting mix, sow the seeds onto the surface. Sprinkle a
very thin layer of seed raising mix on top and firm down. Water
gently with a soft spray.
After the strawberry
seedlings have emerged, begin watering them regularly with half
strength soluble fertiliser such as Thrive. When the plants are
big enough to handle, transplant the excess and leave a suitable
number in the pot.
Keep feeding the strawberries
with Thrive every two weeks until the plants are thick and bushy.
Then change over to Thrive Flower & Fruit. This will encourage
the development of flowers and, ultimately, fruit.
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