Dying to grow your own strawberries at home? It’s actually a whole lot easier then you might think. Here’s my method for growing the BEST strawberry plants. Try these gardening tips to grow strawberries and expect a high yield.
Pinch Strawberry Plant Runners for More Berries
The first gardening tip to grow strawberries begins with runners. No, don’t worry, you don’t have to be an avid jogger for this. If you remove the runners, at the base of the plant, by pinching them off when they appear, you can produce LOTS more berries. When the runners are removed, the plant is able to receive more nutrients which will yield more. I did this for the first time a few years ago and ended up with more strawberries than I knew what to do with!
Pick The Right Plant To Grow Strawberries Galore
Choose a strawberry cultivar that is known to produce a large berry crop. Most people say that short-day varieties will give you the most strawberries, but you can try that out for yourself. Let me know what happens by commenting below. Additionally, this great resource will help you choose the best plant variety for you. Read more here.
Grow Even Healthier Strawberry Plants
For more berries, you should make sure to replace all of the plants in your entire bed every 3-5 years. Once the strawberry plants are older than five years, they start to decrease in productivity. By replacing your beds the younger plants will be able to take over and produce lots of new, even sweeter strawberries.
Fertilize Strawberry Plants With Mulch
Use mulch as fertilizer in your garden instead of the regular store-bought kind. Believe it or not, using mulch is even better for your plants anyway. As the mulch decomposes, it will feed your plants while also preventing grass and weeds from growing and stealing nutrients from your strawberry plants. For best results, I have found that it’s best to pile on six to eight inches of mulch at the beginning of the growing season every year.
Don’t Leave Ripe Berries Hanging
It might sound simple, but this is probably the very best of the tips to grow strawberries. If you want tons of strawberries, you should pick the ripe berries often. Seriously, it’s best not to wait much longer than a day before picking them! If your berries become overripe, they will promote disease and attract birds and insects, which could cause a wide variety of other problems!