In this article, we will answer the question “Are strawberries annuals?” and discuss how to garden strawberries?
Are strawberries annuals?
No, strawberries are not annuals. The strawberry plant itself is a short-lived perennial. A mother plant can live for several years before succumbing to her growing habits, but not before producing dozens of daughters to take her place.
Because all of a strawberry plant’s growth comes from the crown, which is really a woody stem with extremely short internodes, the crown migrates higher each year the mother plant survives. This raises the crown above the soil line, making it vulnerable to winter damage and summer dryness. If you retain your strawberry plants for several years, you’ll find that the original mother plants you planted will ultimately die off, leaving the daughters to continue the patch year after year.
Strawberry’s year is well planned, and they make good use of their time. Strawberries produce runners or daughters, which are young plants that sprout from the mother plant, when the days are long, with more than 13.5 hours of sunshine each day.
Runners are botanically referred to as stolons, or above-ground stems that can root at each node and produce new plants at the stolon’s end. These are the daughter plants for strawberries, and each mother plant may produce a large number of daughters every season. It’s crucial to understand how strawberries behave so you can forecast when they’ll act up and what you should do about it. It can be seen as a resource to be exploited or as a nuisance that, if left unchecked, would result in plantings that are too dense to be productive (“the strawberry weed”).
Strawberries benefit from a dosage of compost and/or composted manure added to their planting bed before they are planted. Incorporate 3-4# of 10-10-10 at the same time as you incorporate any compost or old manure. We also sell Harmony (5-4-3) if you wish to utilise an organic fertiliser, and 6-10# per 100 foot bed should be enough.
How to garden strawberries?
Strawberries are sometimes the first fruit that a gardener attempts in the garden since they grow abundantly and need minimal maintenance. They’re often planted as low-cost dormant bare-roots that can last for years. Plants that are actively growing are sometimes sold, and they are more expensive.
June-bearing and everbearing strawberries are the two most common varieties of strawberries included in most catalogues. June strawberries yield a large harvest of berries in late spring or early summer, then only a few berries here and there the remainder of the season. Everbearing strawberries yield a large crop in the spring, but thereafter produce berries on a regular basis until frost.
Strawberries should be planted in the ground
Keep the roots moist at all times when planting bare-root strawberry plants, and set them in a shallow pot filled with just enough water to cover the roots for an hour or two before planting. Dig a shallow hole, fan out the roots, and place the plant so that its crown is level with the surrounding soil surface when you’re ready to plant.
The place where the plant’s roots meet the leaves is known as the crown. The plants will dry out if you put the strawberries with the crown too high. However, if you place the crown too low, the berries will spoil. If you’re planting rooted strawberry plants, make sure they’re planted at the same depth as they were in the container.
Strawberries Can Be Grown in Containers
Even if you don’t have enough room for a berry patch, you can still enjoy berries. Planting strawberries in pots is the key. Any container will do, but a strawberry pot with side pockets is the most traditional.
To begin, fill the bottom of the pot with a few inches of moistened, lightweight soil mix, up to the bottom of the first pocket. Firm the soil lightly with your hands, then top it over with a little more potting mix to bring it back up to the level of the lowest pocket. Place a strawberry plant in the pocket at an angle.
Continue to fill each pocket with dirt until it reaches the desired height, firming lightly each time, then plant one strawberry plant in each pocket. Although any type of strawberry may be grown in a container, everbearing plants fare better in pots than June-bearing ones. Plant one or two strawberries on top of the jar when you reach the top, then cover with shredded hardwood mulch to finish the pot.
Water the pot well, starting at the top and working your way down to each of the pockets. This pot will grow out wonderfully and begin producing berries in just a few months if given enough of sun and water.
In this article, we answered the question “Are strawberries annuals?” and discussed how to garden strawberries?