Strawberry cultivation

How to take care of strawberries

Strawberries are almost never obtained from the seed. New seedlings can be created from a mother strawberry, obtaining a perfect copy of the original. Or you can buy a young strawberry plant at DIY and gardening stores to plant or transfer into a larger container. The young seedling will need more care, following simple but important recommendations. The potted strawberry can be moved depending on the season and climate. The plants placed in the open field, on the other hand, should be placed in an ideal area of ​​the garden that we are going to cover. Even the birds, unfortunately, are very greedy for strawberries and could ruin the harvest. We will therefore use a rather tight mesh net, easily available on the market.

Strawberry cultivation: watering

In the cultivation of strawberries and small strawberries, particular attention must be paid to the irrigation phase. Especially the young seedlings will need a greater water supply to be able to develop. The ideal is to use a sliding system or in any case not a rain system. Wetting the leaves could cause damage caused by direct sunlight. Waterlogging is also especially dangerous for strawberry. It is recommended to water during the evening or early morning when the rays are not very strong. This is also useful for preventing the evaporation of moisture. Strawberries, again for this reason, need mulch, either natural or using the classic covering with black nylon, preferably the specific one for cultivation.

Fertilization and soil

The soil for growing strawberries must be prepared in advance. The ideal would be to proceed with a deep digging action and fertilization with mature manure, starting to work the land during the autumn before planting. The organic fertilizer must be spread well and you can also add home compost. Alternatively, you can use a specific product purchased in the store but the best solution is always the natural one. The young seedlings must be buried at least 20cm from each other and, in the case of cultivation on several rows, a space of over half a meter must be created. Strawberry is a weed that multiplies by itself. It would therefore be advisable to keep the development of our strawberry at bay in order not to risk after the second year of finding a

Exposure, climate, diseases

Strawberries and wild strawberries, especially wild varieties, need a fairly cool or mild climate. They are plants that resist well to winters, including the most rigid and long ones, being able to be successfully cultivated even above 1200m of altitude. In excessively rigid contexts, crops must be adequately protected, using special fabric sheets, to ensure that the following spring the strawberries begin the development phase again and then bloom. Strawberries can be harvested as early as the final part of spring until all summer, depending on the type of cultivation. In the greenhouse and with modern technologies, strawberries can be obtained at all times of the year. It is advisable to avoid the use of pesticides and efforts should be made to prevent the onset of fungal diseases with natural measures, especially irrigating in the right way without exaggerating. Snails should also be kept away from our strawberries.

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