Trailing Strawberries 'Bakker's Kingsize' - Plant
Trailing Strawberries (Fragaria x ananassa) can be planted in September. The ideal planting time is during cool and humid weather with night dew formation. Trailing strawberries grow best in a sunny area sheltered from the wind and planted in moist well-drained humus soil, so dig in lots of compost or manure before you plant. Make sure the soil is weed free.Using the hill system leads to great results
Before you start planting, make sure you use good, loose soil and fertilise using Bakker's special Strawberry fertiliser. We also recommend that you use the hill system for the young strawberry plants. The hills should be about 35 to 40 cm wide and covered with foil. This keeps the soil well-moistened. Do not forget to tuck the foil along the edges otherwise it may well blow away! Then cut a cross-shaped opening in the foil for each plant and plant the strawberry plants approximately 30 cm apart.
Did you know that strawberries are delicious treats for birds such as sparrows, starlings and blackbirds? Cover your strawberries with foil to protect them. Strawberry plants are susceptible to leaf damage (mildew, leaf spots). To prevent this from happening, we recommend the usage of a natural remedy such as Pireco.
Make sure the soil is constantly loose and weed free, until the flowers appear. Remove weeds by hand as using a hoe could possibly damage the strawberries. Use a mulch between the fruits which will protect them from rotting. You can use foil on a slightly raised bed of straw between the plants and the fruits will mature. If the strawberries have a beautiful red colour, that means they are ripe. You can harvest them by using scissors and cutting just above the sepals.Fertilising Strawberries
Provide the plants with manure or compost on a regular basis to give them enough energy to produce strawberries well into October. If the strawberry is planted in the ground, it will get energy directly from the soil. However, if the strawberry plants are planted in a pot or planter, we recommend dissolving the fertiliser in the watering can so that it easily reaches the roots. Cease feeding when the fruits begin to ripen. Be aware that fertilisers with high levels of nitrogen will produce watery fruit, so avoid using them!