The season of strawberry plants has come. Summer is almost here, the weather is sunny and the temperatures are delightful. All set for a wonderful strawberry season. At Trowbridge Garden Centre, we have a large range of strawberry plants in hanging baskets, containers and pots ready to shine in your garden. Visit our garden centre in Trowbridge-Wiltshire and pick a strawberry plant from our lovely range.
Strawberries are delicious and make a beautiful addition to your garden. Picking your own strawberries from your garden makes a sweet treat all summer. The red fruits on the bright green foliage give your garden an instant summer feeling. June is the best month for strawberries and will produce a very delicious harvest. Growing strawberries is very rewarding. Read on for specific care tips and hanging basket tips.
Strawberry hanging basket
If you’re too late to plant strawberries in the ground, no worries. Strawberries are perfect to plant in baskets. Hanging baskets filled with strawberries give your garden a tropical vibe. If you want to know how to grow strawberries in a basket, please follow our growing guide. Growing strawberries in a hanging basket, comes with a lot of advances, because they’re kept out of slugs and other pests.
How to care for strawberry plants
- Make sure you choose a sunny spot for your hanging basket, strawberries love the sun.
- Water strawberry plants regularly. Strawberry roots are shallow, so keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
- Feed the plants every ten days with a fertilizer that’s high in potassium, such as tomato feed.
- During fruiting season, fruit is susceptible to rot if plants do not dry out between watering. Avoid water in the early evening. The best time to water strawberries, is in the early morning.
Rich soil with a pH factor of 6 to 6.5 works best for strawberries. If you have hanged your hanging basket in the garden, plan on working some organic compost into the soil. The soil needs to be well-draining, strawberries don’t like soggy soil.
At Trowbridge Garden Centre, we have a lot of strawberry types available. There are three basic types of strawberry plants: June-bearing, spring-bearing and everbearing. Please ask our staff workers to tell you which variety grows best in your area.
- June-bearing and spring-bearing varieties need to be planted on a cloudy day in March or April, as soon as the ground is workable and not frozen anymore.
- Everbearing strawberry plants can be planted in mid-September to mid-October for a spring berry harvest.
Here are a few of our favourite varieties. Ask our staff for the best types that will thrive in your area!
- 'Elvira' - a heavy cropper producing large, soft fruits from June to early July
- 'Hapil' - high-yielding variety with large, bright red fruits from early to late July
- 'Florence' - grows well in all soils and produces large, dark fruit in late summer
- 'Vivarosa' - one of the few varieties to produce pink (instead of white) flowers
- Fragaria vesca - provides good ground cover in cottage gardens
You know it’s time to harvest your strawberries when they’re red and ripe. Strawberry season only lasts three to four weeks, so it’s crucial that you know not only how to harvest a strawberry plant, but also when harvesting times begins. The best thing is that you can harvest all of your fruit and none of them gets wasted.
Once the berry is fully coloured, pick the fruit with about one-quarter of the stem attached. During the morning, when berries are still cool, is the best time for picking strawberries. Don’t pick berries with green tips, as they are unripe.
As soon as you’ve harvested them, cool the berries. And don’t wash them until you’re ready to use them. You can store strawberries in refrigeration, but after that, they go downhill fast.
If you want to save your strawberries for later, you can store them in the freezer. Use them in smoothies, purees or jams.
Buy strawberry plants in Trowbridge
At our garden centre, we have a lot of strawberry plants ready to be planted in containers, pots or hanging baskets. Ask our staff about their favourites, and make them your favourite, too. We are happy to welcome you to our garden centre.