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How to grow strawberries

How to grow strawberries

If you live in a climate that gets cold winters, growing strawberries is a great way to enjoy the fruit all year long. As long as the soil temperature stays above 50 degrees Fahrenheit, plants will produce delicious berries throughout the season. If your plants aren't producing well, however, there might be something wrong! Here are some tips on how to grow strawberries:

Know your climate

Temperature is the biggest factor in strawberry production. The soil temperature should be cool, between 43 and 61 degrees Fahrenheit (6 to 16 degrees Celsius). For example, this is why most berries are grown in the North: there's no frost to worry about and it's usually cool enough for them to grow well.

Temperature not only affects your soil, but produces heat as well—so if you live somewhere that gets cold weather, you'll need to balance these two factors by keeping your plants away from drafts or other sources of wind or cold air during winter months and applying mulch around them during hot summers.

Humidity is also important because strawberries need wet soil but don't like soggy roots; they prefer a humidity level of between 50% and 70% relative humidity with good air circulation around their leaves during growth times when fruits are forming on new canes. You can help control humidity by watering regularly—as long as there isn't too much standing water in your beds!

Pick a suitable variety

Strawberry season is the perfect time to enjoy these sweet, juicy fruits. The best part is that strawberries are easy to grow at home! Just follow these simple steps to grow your own strawberries:

  • Choose a suitable variety for your climate and space requirements. Before you start planting, make sure that you pick a berry that will thrive in your region. You may also want to consider flavor and texture preferences when deciding on which varieties of strawberry plant to plant in your garden or container garden space

  • Plant them in fertile soil with good drainage and plenty of sunlight each day for optimum growth conditions

  • Water regularly so that the soil stays moist but not soggy by keeping an eye on rainfall levels as well as watering frequency throughout the growing season if necessary (once every few days during hot summer months; twice every week during mild fall/spring temperatures)

Space plants properly

When planting strawberries, you must decide on the spacing between plants. The distance between strawberry plants depends on several factors:

  • The type of strawberry
  • The variety of strawberry
  • The size of the plant before it flowers (or "sets fruit")
  • How many plants you wish to grow

Ensure correct soil drainage

Strawberries are a little finicky when it comes to drainage because they like moist soil that does not stay wet for long periods of time. If your strawberry plants sit in water for too long, their roots will rot and die. You can avoid this by making sure your garden bed has good drainage so that any excess water can easily drain away from the roots of your strawberry plants.

Temperature control

Temperature control is important for good fruit quality, plant health and pollination, fruit set, and fruit ripening.

If you are starting from scratch with a new crop of strawberries, begin by preparing the soil for planting. The best time to do this is in the spring or early summer before your strawberry plants arrive at your local nursery or garden center. Be sure to select a site that gets full sun exposure every day throughout the year so that they can photosynthesize properly (this means take in carbon dioxide during daylight hours). A south-facing slope tends to produce better strawberries than an east-facing one because they receive more direct sunlight each day than their counterparts do.

When planting strawberry plants make sure not go too deep into the ground; instead leave 4 inches (10 cm) between where your plant's roots will be placed and where it meets its container's bottom layer ("soil").

Water appropriately

Water strawberries appropriately. Watering is the most important part of growing strawberries, so be sure to water them regularly but not too much. If you live in a dry climate or have a well-drained soil, you should water every day at least once a week during hot weather. A light watering every other day is enough in cooler climates with clay soils and when temperatures are milder.

Avoid overwatering and underwatering your plants by paying attention to the color of the leaves: dark green means they have enough moisture; lighter green indicates that more water may be needed; yellow leaves indicate that they're getting too much water (and possibly overwatered).

Water in the morning so that your plants have time for their roots to absorb it before nightfall—watering at night can cause bacteria growth on leaf surfaces as well as prevent any rain from being absorbed properly into the soil by morning when it's still damp from watering earlier that evening!

Harvest at the correct time

You can harvest strawberries at any time of the year, but it's a good idea to pick only fully ripe fruit if you want to keep as much nutrient value in your berries as possible. The best way to tell when a strawberry is ready for harvesting is by looking at color and size. You'll want bright red strawberries that are plump and firm. If you let them hang on the vine too long, they will become soft and turn what gardeners call "white caps," which means little white spots appear on the surface of the berry when it goes through its ripening process.

If you're growing strawberries organically, make sure that you aren't picking any young fruit off of new shoots. They may taste sweeter than those picked from older plants but they won't ever grow into large fruits because they have been cheated out of their full yield potential by having been harvested too soon!


If you’re ready to grow your own strawberries and enjoy them fresh from the garden, we hope this guide has been helpful. We love eating strawberries all summer long! And don’t forget that there are many varieties available, so experiment with different types until you find one that suits your climate and tastes best. Good luck!