How often do you need to replace strawberry plants?
To ensure a continual succession of cropping it is good practice to replace plants within three years, as their fruit production can start to slow down.
When replacing your existing plants, check what variety you are planting next. There are “short day crop” varieties available which require winter light levels to initiate flower and fruit production. If you plant them too late eg: October, you will not get fruit the first year. To have strawberries this summer, try replacing your existing plants with a variety called Temptation. This is a ‘day neutral’ variety which means it will flower and fruit, while the temperature and conditions are suitable eg: between 0 to 30 degrees. This variety can be found in your local garden centre, but get them in the ground soon!
When planting strawberries, always choose a warm, sunny, sheltered spot for maximum exposure to sun and heat. Use a good strawberry mix when planting and feed plants with a side dressing of Daltons Strawberry Fer in October and November, to encourage good strong growth. But be careful not to over fertilise them as this can lead to too much green leaf growth instead of fruit.
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Coming into the growing season, keep plants moist without over watering. One of the secrets to successful strawberries is mulching, not only does it help with water management, but also once fruit develops, it helps to keep them clean, dry, and off the soil, thereby reducing fruit rot.