If you have a lack of space in your house and you have a great desire to grow a fresh fruit. You can try to grow fresh strawberries in pots on your patio, porch or balcony. Actually, if you have a sunny sport that the sun hit 6 to hours per day, you have the ability to grow strawberries. Also, you can grow the indoors with artificial lights. Here are the 4 Steps you need to grow Strawberries :
Strawberries come in three main categories, they all delicious and nutritious. Day-neutral berries can bear all summer from June to September. Strawberries love cooler temperatures and if you keep it outside they won’t give any fruit during the hotter times. Strawberries can give two crops in the summer and in the fall, this kind is called ever-bearing. During the 3 weeks period in June, strawberries will yield great crops and it is the largest in the whole year. In order to get, you must provide good conditions, for example in indoor growing strawberries will be ideal because they tolerate shade better than the other fruits and if you want to grow it vertically use hanging baskets.
Step One: Time Your Planting
If you plan to grow them inside you can start at any time. However, if you live in warmer climates you can plant them in fall and in early spring if you live in zones 1 to 5.
Step Two: Prepare the Soil
You must use containers to plant the strawberries and the soil should be between 5.3 and 6.5 on the pH scale. A controlled-release fertilizer is always a good idea.
Step Three: Proper Planting
You should trim your strawberry plant of any older leaves. Also, runners and flowers should be removed and the roots must be trimmed to about 4 or 5 inches. Be careful strawberries can’t be planted where potatoes, tomatoes, peppers, or eggplants have been grown before, as they tend to host verticillium wilt.
Step Four: Ongoing Care
Strawberries need frequent watering until they take root, but at that point, you can cut back to watering when the top inch of soil is dry. Also, you need to daily check your newly-planted strawberries for moisture. It’s recommended that the best thing is to water it in the morning, so the leaves can dry.
During the 6 weeks after you plant you need to get rid of all and remove all blossoms on your overbearing or day-neutral plants. In general, plants need time to establish themselves to use their energy on fruit production. Fertilizing can be done once a month.