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Buy bare rooted strawberry plants (Fragaria x ananassa) from James McIntyre & Sons, with all of our strawberry plants grown on our own farm in Blairgowrie, Perthshire, a town well-known for the berries which are produced and is often called the ‘berry capital of the UK’.
All of our strawberries are available as bare rooted plants and can be ordered between late October and late March. When planting, we recommend a distance of 12-18 inches between plants and 2ft between rows.
To keep your strawberry plants in top condition, we recommend regular weeding and applying a mulch yearly to prevent heaving action caused by frost & a yearly dose of general purpose fertiliser.
While the plants will tolerate most soil types and positions, we advise that they’re planted in a sunny & sheltered area and that the soil is enriched with good quality compost or well-rotted manure.
Strawberries are delicious, and a staple of the British Summer, they can be eaten fresh from the plants or used to make jams, preserves, cakes, tarts and ice-creams.
Strawberry Planting, Preparation & Onward Care
Strawberries do best in full sun but can cope with partial shade. The site must be sheltered from both wind & frost. Ideally fresh ground is desirable i.e. ground that has not cropped potatoes or strawberries within the last 10-15 years.
Plant at a distance of 12-18in (30-45cm) apart, and 2ft (60cm) between the rows. When creating the bed, mix in a good dose of compost or well-rotted manure to enrich the soil. Create a small mound in the middle of the bed/planting hole and spread the roots out evenly over it. Ensure that the crown is level with the soil then replace and carefully firm the soil around the roots. Water in well.
This takes place as soon as fruiting has finished. Cut off all leaves to approx. 3in above the crown, also remove any unwanted runners. For ever-bearing varieties, simply remove the old leaves.
Due to their low-growing habit, strawberries run the risk of being swamped with weeds. Ensure this does not happen by regular light hoeing – avoiding the crown areas. During the flowering period, if frost is forecast, it will be necessary to protect the plants. Water in a general purpose fertiliser i.e. Growmore, in March.
Once this is done, apply a mulch such as well-rotted manure or compost in May. Ensure that all weeds are removed & that the soil is moist before mulching. Mulching helps to keep the soil cool & moist as well as keep down the weeds. Bear in mind that it is a good idea to cover the plants when the fruit is beginning to ripe to keep birds at bay.
Most varieties produce runners, these can be removed or allowed to grow and root, creating a mat of plants. Allowing the mat to develop will result in overall higher crop yield than leaving them as individual plants, but maintenance is more laborious.