Planting strawberries

Activity

Strawberries are ideal for raised beds and containers as they don’t take up much space. You can also grow early crops under cover. Remember that looking after any crop is an on-going process.

  • Estimated time: 30 minutes
  • Location: Outdoors
  • School term: Early Autumn, Late Autumn, Early Spring
  • Level of experience: No experience needed
  • Subject(s): Science, PSHE

Learning objectives

  • Learn what plants need to grow
  • Learn to plant out at a specified distance
  • Choose the correct tool for the task

Preparation

Organic matter or fertilizer should be incorporated at least one month beforehand. The soil, raised bed or planter should have already been cultivated, weed free with a fine, crumbly texture ready for planting.

Equipment

  • Rake or hand cultivator.
  • Trowel 
  • Strawberry plants with ‘runners’
  • Watering can with a rose
  • Enviromesh or horticultural fleece
  • Label, pencil or dibber

Step by step

Plant your new strawberry plants between July and mid-September. These could be ones that you have grown from ‘runners’ yourself or purchased from a garden shop.

  1. Make a hole for the plant bigger than the pot it is grown in, remove from the pot and gently open out the roots. 
  2. Place the plant in the middle of the hole with the base of the plant level with the surface. Fill in the rest of the hole with the soil, firm well and water.
  3. Plant each strawberry plant 30-45cm apart and 75-90cm between each row.
  4. The berries will develop after flowering. These are sometimes protected by straw or matting. Make sure the area is kept free of weeds, slugs and snails.
  5. Strawberries are best re-planted from new stock every few years and preferably in a different area.
  6. Look for 'runners' or plantlets on existing plants during the summer term, remove them, pot them up and keep well watered whilst they are developing.
 
 

Hints & tips

  • Look for perpetual strawberries; these are a cross between wild and modern varieties that can provide fruits from July to October
  • Plant new strawberry plants under cover for earlier crops

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