GROWING STRAWBERRIES FROM SEED
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The first fruits lifted from a home grown crop of strawberry plants can possess a flavour like no other. Nothing can beat its sweetness or depth of taste - and that includes the subsequent fruits following on from the same plant. Of course, there are many varieties of strawberry plants
and you will need to chose wisely as some will taste better than others - subject to individual taste buds - while others will be fruiting at differing times in the season.
There are normally half a dozen or so varieties available in the spring to summer period from your local plant retailor, but there is no reason why you can't collect and sow your own strawberry seed. In fact growing strawberries from seed couldn't be simpler!
Most strawberry plants are cultivated hybrids that won't grow true from seed, however they will if there are species plants such as the alpine varieties or one of the new range of F1 cultivars that are now available.
These seeds can be lightly sown onto a seed tray filled with John Innes ‘seed and potting’ compost. Cover the seeds with a thin layer of compost - no more than 1/4 inch - and gently water in.
Transfer the seed tray to a cold, greenhouse or even a well lit room as both are suitable for germination which should take anywhere between 2 and 8 weeks. Once
Once the strawberry plants have germinated,wait for the 3rd true leaves to transplant into bigger containers. The seedlings can be gently lifted and potted on into 9cm pots using John Innes 'No.1' or 'No.2'. Come the following autumn they should be ready to transplant outside ready for fruiting the following year.
If weather permits, the plants can be planted directly outside in to their final position. For best results choose a well drained, moist and slightly alkaline soil
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