There's something undeniably satisfying about plucking a sun-ripened strawberry from your own garden and relishing its sweet, juicy flavor. If you've ever dreamed of cultivating your own strawberries, Horticentre is the right place to start. Growing your own strawberry plants is a rewarding and delicious experience. From planting to harvesting and enjoying the unmatched flavor of homegrown strawberries, this journey is filled with anticipation and satisfaction. Horticentre, available both in-store and online, offers a diverse selection of strawberry plants to help you get started. So, roll up your sleeves, dig into the soil, and let the sweet delights of your own strawberries grace your garden and plate.
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Planting strawberry plants in the UK
In the UK, it is advisable to plant strawberry plants in early spring, typically from March to May, when the soil is warming up and the risk of frost has passed. Strawberries thrive in well-drained soil with a pH level between 5.5 and 6.5. Prepare the soil by removing any weeds and incorporating organic matter to enhance fertility. Ensure the planting site receives ample sunlight, as strawberries require at least six hours of direct sunlight per day for optimal growth.
Try hanging your strawberry plants!
Hanging baskets are a popular choice for growing strawberries, especially for those with limited garden space. Hanging strawberry plants not only look visually appealing but also provide easy access to the delicious fruits they bear. Strawberry plants produce "runners," which are long stems that develop new plantlets. Carefully place these plantlets in the potting mix, ensuring they have enough space to grow.
How to plant strawberry plants?
When planting strawberry plants, maintain a distance of approximately 30-45 cm (12-18 inches) between each plant, allowing sufficient space for them to spread and grow. Place them in the ground at a depth that aligns with the soil mark on the plant's stem, ensuring the crown is level with the soil surface. Water the newly planted strawberry plants thoroughly, providing a good initial soak.
How to pick strawberries?
Harvesting strawberries at their peak of sweetness and flavor is a rewarding experience. Wait until the berries are fully red and plump before picking them, ensuring they are fully ripe. Gently hold the stem just above the fruit and twist, allowing the ripe strawberry to detach effortlessly from the plant.
When to harvest strawberries?
After planting your strawberry plants, it's time to eagerly anticipate the arrival of delicious, homegrown strawberries. However, patience is key, as it takes some time for the plants to establish themselves and produce a bountiful harvest.
In general, you can expect strawberries to fruit around 4-6 weeks after flowering. The flowering period usually occurs in late spring or early summer, depending on the variety and your local climate. It's a magical sight to witness the delicate white blossoms transform into small green fruits, gradually changing color and size as they ripen.
When it comes to taste, homegrown strawberries simply surpass their store-bought counterparts. Enjoy your strawberries fresh off the plant, bake mouthwatering strawberry shortcakes and decadent strawberry tarts or make refreshing strawberry-infused beverages.
Buy healthy strawberry plants for a delicious harvest at Horticentre
If you're ready to embark on a delightful strawberry-growing adventure, Horticentre's webshop is the ideal destination to purchase healthy strawberry plants. With our focus on quality, a selection of varieties and the convenience of shopping online, Horticentre ensures that you have all the resources you need for a successful harvest. Get started today and look forward to savoring the unparalleled taste of homegrown strawberries from your garden!