March and April are the perfect months to get back to gardening, especially if you’re planning on devouring some fresh, home-grown strawberries.
Organic gardening has become popular over the past decade, and strawberries are now one of the top picks when it comes to backyard gardening—and for a good reason. Few fruits are as easy to grow as strawberries, and with their ability to grow almost everywhere, anyone can enjoy this essential summer fruit in all its juicy glory.
With so many varieties of strawberries available, it’s important to know the best type for your home garden—according to the growing environment and the best way of growing them.
Is there a Right Season to Grow Strawberries at Home?
Strawberries can be typically categorized according to the yield season where some grow as early as late spring, whereas others can be picked as late as the first autumn months.
· The early seasoned strawberries—also known as “June-bearing”—are ready just as the summers arrive. These plants have the most concentrated fruit in late June and mid-July months and are only available for a small period.
· The mid-season varieties come just a few days—minimum a week—after the June-bearing fruit, followed by the late-season strawberries.
· Ever-bearing strawberries, sometimes also known as day-neutral varieties, grow throughout the season but typically produce crops in early summers and mid-fall.
Pro Tips for Home Grown Strawberries
Whether you’re a seasoned gardener or a beginner getting into the strawberry-growing scene in Ohio, the right knowledge is the key to high crop yield.
We’ve put together some crucial tips necessary for getting the best out of a strawberry plant.
1. While strawberry plants are self-fertile, they often need bees for pollination. Flowers are also pollinated by winds, but if you’re growing them indoors—under a greenhouse—and don’t have access to bees or natural breezes, use a vibrating device for best results.
2. Strawberry plant thrives when it has plenty of room to breathe, both in the open air and inside the soil. The leaves need sunlight to produce the juicy fruit, which why it’s important to not let them get crowded by weeds or daughter plants. One plant can produce as many as 100-150 daughter plants, so make sure to remove some of them, or soon your yard will be overrun by strawberry plants only.
3. It’s essential to use a mulch during watering and during the time of ripening. Mulch can help achieve two things:
o It keeps the moisture in the soil, so you don’t need to water as often
o It protects the developing crop from mud splashes, protecting it from soiling and allowing it to grow in full size.
Bonus Tip: You can use organic mulch such as straws and chopped leaves for best results. Netting can also protect the yield from damage during the ripening stage.
4. Slugs are one of the biggest threats to indoor and home-grown strawberries. If you don’t want your fruit to be damaged by slugs and weeds in an open area, plant your strawberries in containers or pots. Keep in mind that containers can dry out more quickly, which is why you’ll need to water the pot plants more frequently compared to those in open air. Make sure to use only high-quality potting soil for strawberry plants growing in a container.
Growing strawberries is one of the easiest hobbies to undertake when you want to do something productive with your leisure time, and nothing beats the satisfaction that comes from hand-picked fruit that just melts in your mouth.
If you’re living in Ohio or in its vicinity area, we help young gardeners acquire skills and knowledge essential for indoor gardening. If you have a porch, balcony, patio, or even a small deck, you can decorate it with indoor house plants along with ornamental strawberry plants.
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