Strawberry 'Salsa' - Plant
Immediately after delivery you can plant Fragria x ananassa ‘Salsa’ in flower pots, patio containers or in the garden. If planting as a pot plant, choose a pot with holes in the base. Line a porous pot with plastic, or use an inner pot of plastic material. This prevents evaporation and the compost will dry out less quickly.
Cover the bottom of the pot with potsherds or a layer of hydro pellets. Put fresh potting compost in the pot and put the roots of the Fragria x ananassa ‘Salsa’ at the right depth at intervals of about 20 cm. Fill with compost and press firmly down. Water generously immediately after planting and stand the pot in full sun.
Planting Fragaria x ananassa ‘Salsa’ in the garden? Plant in rows, spacing may now be slightly more than when in planters. Improve your garden soil by adding compost. Strawberries grow well in humus-rich, fertile soil that is not too dry in the winter, but certainly not too wet. Lay black garden plastic on a raised bed and plant the strawberry plants directly through the plastic - this helps stop the fruit from rotting by touching the soil.
Fragaria x ananassa ‘Salsa’ is a very productive variety with large, succulent fruit. The fruits begin to ripen from June onwards. The plant is a little sensitive to night frost. The strawberry is one of the most popular fruits, especially with children.
Strawberry 'Salsa' is classed as a 'late' strawberry and can be harvested in the months of June and July.
No need to worry about changing beds as strawberries can grow anywhere. Lay black gardening plastic sheeting on a slightly raised bed before you plant your strawberries to prevent them rotting on the bare soil.
Strawberries are full of calcium, phosphorus and vitamins B and C.
Fertilize your strawberries in the spring with Bakker's special strawberry fertilizer. Don’t use a fertiliser containing too much nitrogen as this causes a watery taste. Regularly remove weeds and provide additional water in dry periods. A layer of mulch is recommended - this ensures that the soil does not dry out too quickly and also protects the fruits from rotting.
You can use black plastic on a slightly raised bed or straw between the plants when the fruits start to ripe. A few weeks after harvesting, the leaves of the strawberry will begin to look unpleasant, trim everything with a trimmer and leave only a few young leaves in the crown. Remove all suckers.
The plants can usually remain up to two years in the same spot and then a new bed with young plants should be set up in another part of the garden. Strawberries can also be grown in pots and planters. Store the pots in a cool, frost-free area over the winter.
The strawberries are best if they are left to ripen on the plant, so pick them regularly and carefully so as not to bruise the fruit. Always pick the strawberry with its petals. This prevents the plant from becoming diseased and the strawberries will keep fresh for longer. The fruits have a very little shelf life, so eat them immediately or make them into jam or even ice cream.
Without the protection of nets the birds will do the harvesting for you! It is an idea to bend hoops over the crop and cover with a mesh netting. Strawberries contain, calcium, phosphorus, vitamins B and C.