Garden strawberries grown today is a hybrid of species of the genus Fragaria. This plant that is cultivated worldwide is famous for its sweet fruits that have a characteristic aroma, juicy texture, and attractive red color. People all over the world consume strawberries in large quantities either as fresh fruits or in processed foods such as fruit juice, milkshakes, ice cream, or chocolates. Strawberries are easy to grow in any greenhouse kit if you follow the guide below.
- Get disease-free seedlings from reputable nurseries and plant them as soon as the ground is workable, preferably in early spring.
- Ensure the hole is deep enough to accommodate the whole root system without bending them and, ensure the crown remains just above the surface.
- Space the plants 20 inches apart in rows that are 4 feet apart. This provides enough room for the plants to sprawl.
- The soil should be well-drained. Work the soil into raised beds as this offers the best condition for greenhouse-grown strawberry.
- Mulch the beds to regulate water loss and minimize invasion of weeds.
Tips and tricks
In the first eight months or so, pick off the blossoming flowers so the strawberry plants do not fruit.
Strawberries are susceptible to several garden pests including Japanese Beetles, spider mites, and slugs. Diseases such as Powdery mildew and gray mold may cause serious losses as well.
Because of the shallow roots, strawberries thrive when the ground is wet. Ideally, provide about an inch and half of water each week.
Strawberries do well in rich, well-drained soils that have high concentrations of organic matter. The optimal pH should range between 5.5 and 7.0.
Strawberries require about 6 to 10 hours of direct sunlight each day. As such, choose your greenhouse site appropriately and ensure the greenhouse kits you buy allow inadequate light.
Strawberry fruits are usually ready about 5 weeks after the flowers blossom. Harvest by picking them every two days.