Growing strawberries in pots using seedlings
First of all you need to buy seedlings of strawberries or strawberries. It is best to do this in the nursery, where the probability of cheating is minimal. Pay attention to the leaves of the plant: they should be a healthy green color without brown patches.
Try planting several varieties to experience their taste and yield. If you combine the new and old strawberry varieties correctly, you can harvest from May to October.
- For planting should choose a container with drainage holes. You can purchase specialized pots or redo any container available. The main thing is to provide the plant with quality soil and a sufficient amount of sunlight.
- Next you should choose a pot with a diameter of 45 cm, so that the roots have room for growth. It must be filled with soil for indoor plants, leaving about 1/3 of free space on top. Land should be watered until water begins to flow from the bottom of the pot. After that, you need to make several mounds of earth every 150 mm. Their height should be about 25 mm, and width - about 76 mm.
- Carefully remove the seedlings from the pots. In some cases, the containers will have to be cut with scissors, as the plants grow very tightly. Extra soil from the roots can be removed with your fingers or shaking. After that, strawberry roots should be placed in a container of water for 1 hour, so that they absorb the right amount of moisture.
- When you take the plants out of the water, place them on the prepared mounds. In this case, the roots must be laid out so that they go down along the ground and do not interfere with each other. Then you need to fill the soil. The main thing is not to cover the strawberry crown, as the stems leave it.
Seedlings need to be watered abundantly until water runs off the pot. It is best to do this with a sprinkler so that the earth does not erode. Sometimes you have to add a little bit of soil, as a large amount of liquid can reduce the level of the soil.
Growing strawberries from seeds
You can buy seeds in any nursery. They need to be planted in the soil prepared as follows:
Do not let the soil dry. Water it to a wet state, but do not allow moisture.
When the seeds sprout, remove the film so that it does not stop this process. During this period, you need to increase watering, because without a film, the soil will begin to dry faster. Then the plants need to thin out, eliminating small shoots. As a result, the interval between plants should be 150 mm.
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If the planting was carried out in a hanging pot or basket, the container must sometimes be rotated so that all sprouts receive the same amount of sunlight. If the leaves look painful, try adding some coffee to the soil to increase the nitrogen content. It is recommended to add a handful of compost to the tank 1 time in 30 days.
The optimum pH level of soil for strawberries is 5.3-6.5. This must be borne in mind when choosing a soil.
Ripe strawberries begin to rot after a while, so it must be harvested immediately after it becomes sweet and firm. Most varieties cease to produce fruit after 3-4 years. If you flood the plant, it may not survive. Do not despair and repeat the cultivation 1 more time.
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