The most eye-appealing strawberries have a leafy, green cap with red, plump fruit shaped like a triangle. There’s just something about biting into these examples of fruity perfection. If you grow berries too large, they will morph out of the desired triangle shape and small berries aren’t very tempting. When growing berries yourself, you can get the ideal fruit! Grow perfectly-shaped berries for months by growing according to your zone and choosing the right variety. Follow these steps to grow perfect berries every time.
Your journey to the ideal berry begins with an agricultural zone map. Use the map to determine which zone you live in. This will come in handy when shopping for berry plants. It’s important that you grow the right type for your zone. (Some berries aren’t as hardy as others.) If you need help, contact your local nursery and ask for help finding the correct berries for your area. (Let the person helping you know that you don’t want super-fruits.)
Finding the Right Spot
After you purchase a selection of strawberries, you need good soil. Your strawberries need full sun and a soil that drains well. Hoe or till the soil 6 inches deep. Toss 10-10-10 granular fertilizer turned soil. Use a rake and create 6-inch high beds, placing them 12 inches apart. Each row should be 18 inches apart for easy care.
Trim the roots of the strawberry plants to a length of 4 inches. Dig a hole in the center of the raised bed with a hand shovel. Place one strawberry plant in the hole, spreading out the roots before covering it with soil. Continue until all the berry plants are in the ground.
Finish the planting by covering them with pine straw. This layer of protection keeps the roots moist, making them stronger. You should water the plants each day with a light sprinkling of water, don’t drench or drown the plants. If your area receives rain, skip the watering.
Healthy strawberry plants can produce berries for months! Keep the fruits growing by pinching back flowers occasionally. This step forces strawberry plants to become stronger. With new plantings, it is recommended that you pinch back the flowers for three months then enjoy allow the blossoms to fruit.
There you go! That’s all you need to grow the perfect strawberry! I’ve been growing tons of strawberries using this method. I’m sure it will work for you too.
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