How To Grow The Tastiest, Organic Strawberries

When it comes to strawberries, there are hardly few people who tell you they don’t like to eat it. Strawberry is always a common fruit because of its delicious taste and sweetness. Buying GMO or non-organic food is a worst option, but organic stuff is costly, right? Well, you can plant strawberry at your own house without any serious trouble. Strawberries are not very hard to grow, they only require some regular care and that’s all. First, let’s take a look at how to grow strawberries at your home and then later, we will guide you regarding how to care the strawberry plants.

  • Soil preparation: Initially, you need to decide about the place where you like to grow the strawberries, but you need to make sure that you site get at least eight hours of sunlight each day. Remove the weeds and make sure that pH of the soil is around 6 to 6.2, which is perfect. In order to reduce the chances of verticillium wilt, ensure that you are not planting them where solanaceous plants or strawberries have grown before.
  • Planting: If you live in warm winter regions like Florida or California, fall planting is ideal. Otherwise, early spring planting is perfect in most areas.
  • Spacing: Space June bearers on raised beds with 18 to 24 inches between plants, in rows 3 to 4 feet apart. Hills 10 to 18 inches apart, planted with single plants, are best for everbearers, day neutrals, and June bearers in hot, humid climates.
  • Watering: Provide 1 inch per week at the root zone.
  • Fertilizing: Renovate rows after harvest by reducing their width to 12 inches and covering plants with 2 inches of compost. Apply a soluble organic fertilizer, such as a seaweed-fish blend, after renovation. Early spring fertilizer makes berries soft.
  • Special hint: Alpine strawberries (F. vesca) are one of the parent species of the garden strawberry. They produce small, aromatic berries from early summer through frost. Alpines are grown from seed or divisions and produce no runners. They are care-free and make good ornamentals.

Plasticulture

Pest Watch
Tarnished plant bug is the main fruit-feeding nemesis of strawberries. Strawberry sap beetle can infest overripe fruit. Plant decline can also be caused by root-feeding white grubs (beetle larvae) and nematodes. Viruses, which can be spread by aphids, often affect plants that are weakened by unfavorable growing conditions.
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Disease Alert
Gray mold (botrytis) is disease enemy number 1 on strawberry fruit around the country. Anthracnose can devastate plantings in hot, humid areas. Leather rot, which causes an insipid berry taste you won’t forget, is a sporadic problem on susceptible varieties when fruit comes in contact with damp soil. Red stele, a soilborne fungus, can be avoided by choosing resistant varieties.
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Harvesting
Ripe berries appear about 30 days after bloom. Once the berry is fully red, let your taste buds be your final guide on when to harvest. Pick every two to three days, or daily in very hot weather. Keep green caps attached. To preserve flavor and shelf life, pick into a shallow, paper towel lined container, no more than three or four layers of berries deep. Refrigerate immediately after picking. Hull and wash just before serving.
Read original article here: http://www.rodalesorganiclife.com/garden/strawberry
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