Strawberries are a delicious fruit that is easy to grow. However, they do need some attention in order to get the best yield. Here are some tips on how to grow better strawberries:
Choose the Right Spot
- Choose the Right Spot
Strawberry plants need full sun, so you’ll have to choose between a more northern or southern location for your strawberry patch. (You can also grow them indoors.) The soil should be well-drained, as strawberries are sensitive to waterlogged soil and not tolerant of wet feet. They also prefer slightly acidic soils with a pH between 6 and 6.5, so make sure you test your soil before planting them! If you have alkaline or neutral soil types, adding ground sulfur will help create the right environment for growing strawberries.
Some people even grow their strawberries in containers on their patio—this is definitely worth trying if you don’t have much space! Whatever type of container you use (whether it’s a pot or tub), make sure it has drainage holes at the bottom so that excess water can drain away freely without damaging roots too much during heavy rainfall periods throughout summer months when plants may start producing lots of fruit quickly!
Use a Good Soil Mixture
Soil is important for growing strawberries. You want a good soil mixture that is rich in organic matter and has nutrients, but also needs to have a pH of 6.0 to 6.5. Your strawberry plants will not grow well if they are in soil with a pH higher than 6.5 because it’s too acidic; you might have seen this happen when you have cut strawberries on your counter top—they tend to get soft and mushy very quickly!
Use Fertilizer Sparingly
When it comes to fertilizers, use sparingly. While fertilizer can increase your harvest size and quantity, it’s not necessary for a successful harvest. In fact, too much fertilizer can make your berries less flavorful and cause them to be more likely to split open. Also, keep in mind that you don’t want too much nitrogen in the soil because this will cause foliage growth at the expense of fruit production.
If you do decide that you want to use fertilizer on your plants (and we recommend against it), start with a low dose and then gradually increase the amount over time as needed.
Water Your Strawberries Regularly
If you’re going to grow strawberries, you’ll need to know how to water them. While most plants need to be watered once or twice a week, strawberries have a very specific watering schedule. The rule of thumb is that strawberry plants should be watered in the morning when it is cool outside and the sun isn’t too strong yet. This will prevent your berries from getting sunburned and also helps prevent disease because there are fewer fungi spores in the morning air than later on in the day.
If you do not have time or energy for this process every day, you might want to consider purchasing an automatic drip irrigation system for your garden bed instead of doing it manually yourself each day (or even multiple times per day).
Remove Weeds From Your Garden Often
- Removing weeds from your garden is important because they can compete with strawberries for nutrients and water.
- Weeds can harbor pests that may harm your strawberry plants.
- Weeds make it harder to harvest your strawberries, which will be more difficult and time consuming if the weeds are tall or dense enough that you have to struggle through them to get at the berries or pull up the plants with their roots still intact. This makes harvesting more tedious, which means you’ll be less likely to do it regularly, increasing the chance that some of your strawberries will rot before being harvested.
- When there are lots of weeds around a strawberry plant, it can also make harvesting very annoying because it’s easy for weeds in close proximity to catch on other plants’ leaves when you’re trying not just grab onto a fruit’s stem but also remove it entirely from its place within this dense foliage; this means that instead of just picking one strawberry at a time off a plant (which takes only seconds), weeding becomes something much more difficult—and since weeding requires us humans doing physical labor (going outside), adding an extra step like removing all these unwanted green shoots would probably lead us not bothering with our gardens at all! This is bad news because then none of those tasty berries get picked up by someone who eats them later down their path towards being eaten by me…or anyone else who likes eating fresh fruits from home grown gardens!
Mulch Your Strawberries to Help Warm The Ground and Keep Moisture in
Another way to help your strawberry plants get the nutrients they need is by mulching them. Mulch is a great way to keep the ground warm and moist, which can be especially important if you live in a colder climate. In addition to keeping the soil healthy, it also helps prevent weeds from growing and keeps fruit from touching bare dirt that might harbor pests or disease.
You can use straw, hay or other organic materials for this purpose. The amount of mulch you use depends on what works best for your garden—you may want more material if you have an area with lots of rain or snowfall—but generally speaking 2-3 inches should do the trick. If you prefer plastic mulch instead of organic materials, make sure it’s biodegradable so as not to harm our environment when it breaks down!
Harvest Your Strawberries Early In the Day For The Best Flavor.
Harvest your strawberries early in the day.
The best time to harvest strawberries is early in the morning. They will have a better flavor, and they will ripen more quickly. In addition, harvesting them during this time means that you will be able to pick them before they start getting hot from direct sunlight exposure.
Strawberries can be easy to grow and very rewarding.
Strawberries are easy to grow and very rewarding. Not only do they look wonderful in the garden, but they also taste delicious!
Strawberries are nutritious, containing vitamins A, C and E as well as various minerals that promote good health. Even better is that they have high levels of fiber which helps to eliminate toxins from the digestive system while also helping with blood sugar control.
Growing strawberries can be fun because they don’t require much maintenance or care once established in your garden.
In the end, I hope that you’ve found this post helpful. If you want to grow strawberries in your own garden and have the space, then I would definitely encourage it! It’s a great way to get fresh produce from your own home and share with your friends and family. Remember that it takes time for plants to mature so don’t give up if things don’t go according to plan at first. Keep reading about caring for your plants on our blog as well as checking out our other resources here at The Home Depot