Strawberries grown in your own garden or on a balcony are juicier, more fruity and have a sweeter taste.
Strawberries are light germinators, so do not cover strawberry seeds with soil but only lightly press the seeds with the palm of your hand. Light gives the strawberry seeds the stimulus to germinate.
Tip: Sprinkle some straw around the strawberry plant, so the strawberries do not get dirty and there is less chance of contamination by fungi and bacteria.
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Grow your own strawberries?
Strawberries are a lot of fun and delicious to grow yourself. By growing strawberries from seed, your choice of the different strawberry varieties is much greater. If you sow the strawberry seeds in the right way and give them a good location, you can enjoy deliciously sweet strawberries in the summer.
Popular strawberry varieties
Strawberries come in many shapes, colors and sizes. The most popular strawberry varieties are:
- Baron van Solemacher wild strawberry - with the dot in first place
- Grandian F1 - everbearing variety with very large strawberries
- Ruby Ann F1 - productive hanging strawberry , red flowers
- Delician F1 - ever bearing variety with large strawberries
- Temptation - hanging strawberry with long tendrils
- Yellow Cream - sweet white-yellow strawberries
Did you know that strawberry seeds are light germinators? Therefore, do not cover the seeds with soil, simply press the seeds against the soil with the palm of your hand.
Sowing manual strawberry seeds
How do I sow strawberry seeds? How to grow strawberries?
Sow strawberry seeds indoors in February-April in a seed tray filled with sowing and cutting soil mixture. Strawberry seed is very small, so do not cover the seeds with soil, but press the seeds with the inside of your hand. Mist the strawberry seeds with lukewarm water and cover the seed tray with cling film or a transparent lid, as strawberries are light germinators. Place the cultivation tray in a warm, light spot and keep the soil slightly moist, the germination temperature of strawberry seeds is approximately 20 ° C. As soon as the seedlings have about 2 real strawberry leaves (not germ leaves), you can transplant the seedlings into separate pots. Be careful because the seedlings are very fragile.
Start hardening off the strawberry plants in May by placing them outside in a sunny, sheltered place for 2 weeks during the day. As soon as the chance of night frost has passed, you can plant the plants in the garden. Do not plant strawberries on soil where you have already planted strawberries or potatoes in the last 3 years, in connection with diseases and fertilization (crop rotation). The easiest way is to plant the strawberries in rows. Maintain a line distance of 50cm and a mutual planting distance of about 25cm.
As soon as strawberries come onto the plant, it is best to cover the ground with a good layer of straw. In this way the strawberries do not lie on the moist soil and they will not rot. Therefore, water regularly on the soil and not on the plant itself. If necessary, cover the strawberry plants with nets to prevent birds from eating your strawberries.
In the first year after sowing, the strawberry plants only flower at the end of the summer. In subsequent years, you can enjoy your home-grown strawberries from June to October. The flowering period and harvest period can differ per variety. Long-lasting strawberry varieties keep getting new fruits during the summer.
Frequently asked questions about strawberry seeds
Below you will find a list of the most frequently asked questions with answers about sowing and growing strawberry seeds yourself. Before sowing your seeds, always read the enclosed sowing instructions on the packaging for your specific strawberry variety.
When to sow strawberry seeds?
Strawberry seeds can be pre-sown indoors in a growing tray from February to April.
When do strawberry seeds germinate?
Strawberry seeds will germinate in about 2-3 weeks.
What is the best germination temperature for strawberry seeds?
Strawberry seeds germinate at a soil temperature of approximately 20 ° C.
How deep should I sow strawberry seeds?
Strawberry seeds are light germinators. Therefore, do not cover the seeds with soil, but press the seeds with the inside of your hand so that they make good contact with the soil. Then mist the strawberry seeds with lukewarm water and cover the cultivation tray with cling film or a transparent lid.
When can I transplant the strawberry seedlings?
As soon as the seedlings have about 2 real strawberry leaves (not germ leaves), you can transplant the seedlings into separate pots. Be careful because the seedlings are very fragile.
How can I harden strawberry plants?
Start hardening off the strawberry plants in May by putting them outside in a sunny sheltered place for 2 weeks during the day.
What is the planting distance for strawberry plants?
The easiest way is to plant the strawberries in rows. Maintain a line distance of 50cm and a mutual planting distance of about 25cm.
What is the best location for strawberry plants?
Strawberry plants like a warm and sunny location. Provide good drainage.
How do I take care of strawberry plants?
Place strawberry plants in a warm, sunny spot. Water regularly on the ground (not on the plant) and do not let the soil dry out.
What is the best soil and / or soil type for strawberry plants?
Use nutritious, well-draining potting soil.
When can I harvest the strawberries?
In the first year, the strawberry plants only flower at the end of summer. In subsequent years, you can enjoy your home-grown strawberries from June to October. However, the flowering period and harvest period can differ per strain.
Long-bearing strawberry varieties keep getting new fruits during the summer.
What is crop rotation in strawberry plants? Why replace strawberry plants every 3 years?
Most strawberry plants become weaker after 3 years and will produce fewer and smaller strawberries. It is therefore advisable to refresh your strawberry bed after 3 years. If possible, place the strawberry plants evenly on a clean piece of ground where no strawberries and no potatoes have been grown in the previous 3 years. This reduces the risk of infection by the fungus verticillium, whereby strawberry plants completely wither overnight.
What are evergreen strawberries?
Regular strawberry varieties only flower once and will not produce new flowers and therefore strawberries after this flowering period. These strawberry varieties give one big crop per year.
Continuous strawberry plants, on the other hand, keep producing new flowers / strawberries throughout the season. The harvest at a time will be slightly smaller, but it can be harvested for a longer period.
What are good and bad neighbors of strawberry plants? Which plants can be combined with strawberry plants? Combination cultivation of strawberries?
Some combinations of plants can reinforce and stimulate each other. Other combinations of plants weaken each other or influence each other negatively. To make optimal use of the advantages of this so-called combination cultivation (good neighbors), it is best to sow in rows. Alternately grow two mutually reinforcing crops in each row. It is even better to combine tall and low plants, for example, smart combinations yield better growth, yield and taste.
Strawberry plants are good neighbors of, and so do well alongside: garlic, onions, beans, lettuce, spinach, borage and marigolds.
Avoid the combination of cabbage and strawberries, these are bad neighbors .