One of the most popular fruits amongst homeowners to grow is that of strawberries when it comes to backyard gardening. They will grow pretty much anywhere, in any size space, and they also tolerate growing in containers quite well. If properly tended, most strawberry plants will yield up to a whole quart of the sweet berries.
University of Nebraska horticulture educator Sarah Browning says that strawberries are available in three main varieties. The most common type that most homeowners will grow in their backyard is the June-bearing strawberries. This type of strawberry will bear one main crop a year, and it usually is in the month of June—hence their name.
The Day-neutral cultivator’s variety will set their flower buds throughout the season, which will allow you a more extended period for harvests. Everbearing is somewhat similar to Day-neutral in that they will produce fruit frequently throughout their growing season.
Although the sound of being able to pick and enjoy berries all season long may sound like heaven, it is essential to note that your best and largest harvest will typically by those varieties that set their fruit only once a season.
When deciding where to grow your strawberries, it is essential to remember that they prefer well-drained soil and full sun. If you find you do not have a flat spot to plant your plants on, make sure to use a north-facing slope.
They don’t like “wet feet,” but on the other hand, they are not good performers in drought conditions either. Ensure you have an accessible water supply near your plants, in case mother nature decides not to offer any rain for a while.
You can begin setting your strawberry plants out when you see the trees in your area beginning to leaf out. When planting, make sure that the soil just covers the tops of the roots, taking special care that you don’t cover the crown. Strawberry plants need a spacing of approximately 18-inches apart.