Strawberries

 

How To Grow Delicious, Irresistible Strawberries!


Strawberries have always been popular. They are great tasting, and are relatively easy to grow, even in a small area. They grow well in most soil types, but prefer free draining soil.


Where to Plant                                                      

Choose a warm sunny position, sheltered from strong winds. Strawberries require a free draining soil with lots of compost. This is particularly important in lighter and sandy soils.

In clay soils, raise planting beds and add lots of compost.


When to plant                                          

Strawberries are usually available May to December. For a short period during May we sell ’bareroot plants’.  For  gardeners who have planned ahead and have the soil ready this is the most economical way of buying them. From June to October strawberries are available potted up instore.


How to plant

Work into the soil before planting, a couple of handful’s of lime and a general fertiliser, (ican Organic Vegetable Fertiliser & Tui Strawberry Foord are good options).  Plant on raised mounds so that the crown and roots never become waterlogged. Plants should be about 300mm apart.


When growing in pots and containers we recommend Tui Strawberry mix. This can also be used in the garden.


Mulching

This is a highly recommended practice as it  suppresses weeds and conserves moisture in the soil. A layer of mulch, (straw, sawdust or similar) laid on the surface in October will  prevent moisture loss, benefiting the plants, and providing a clean surface for the fruit as it grows and ripens. Weed mat is an option preferred by many.

 

Varieties

Camerosa
This strawberry produces large firm berries with a medium-red colour. The flavour is excellent and the fruit is relatively resistant to wet weather.

 

Camino Real

The plants are smaller and more compact, open, and erect, but less vigorous than Camerosa. Fruit is larger and per-plant yields are somewhat greater than Camerosa, but fruiting begins somewhat later. External and internal fruit color for Camino Real is darker than Camerosa.  Camino Real has very good flavour and is outstanding for both fresh market and processing.


Aromas

Produces large quantities of very good flavoured fruit. This is also a ‘Day Neutral type, fruiting during the late season months of January through to March. Greater in both size & quantity than seascape. Tolerant to spider mite.

 

Seascape

Large/medium, dark red fruit. Firm flesh with good flavour and conical shape.  Moderately strong and upright growth habit. This is a ‘Day Neutral’ type meaning it is unaffected by day length and will fruit whenever temperatures are high enough to maintain growth.

 



After Care


Feeding
Strawberries benefit from an annual dressing of lime or gypsum plus fertiliser at planting time, followed by an application of  again in September or October. Ican Organic Vegetable Fertiliser or Tui Strawberry Food is a good option.


Watering                                                                         
Strawberries like a good moisture level but not wet conditions. Watering in dry periods is beneficial. Water early in the day or at a time when foliage and fruit dry quickly so as to minimise botrytis fruit rot.


Pests and Diseases    
Soil diseases of  strawberries are best avoided by not growing them in the same soil for more than two consecutive years. Leaf spot and botrytis (grey mould),  which mainly occur in long periods of wet weather, are controlled with Yates Greenguard.