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Video:How to Grow Strawberries

with Yolanda Vanveen

Strawberries are one of the easiest fruit crops for the home gardener to grow and one of the most rewarding. See our tips for growing beautiful strawberry plants that will produce an abundance of berries for you to enjoy.See Transcript

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Transcript:How to Grow Strawberries

Hi, this is Yolanda Vanveen for About.com garden. In this segment we are going to learn all about growing strawberries.

Now strawberries can grow pretty much anywhere. They get full sun and good drainage and they have room to multiply. So here are some tips on growing strawberries.

Leave Plant Exposed

So when you dividing or planting the strawberries always make sure to cover the roots but leave the actual plant exposed above the ground. Now it will send runners everywhere.

Trim Runners for More Berries

Now there is a rule of thumb that says if you trim out a few of the runner, then more of the energy will go to the mother plant and you will get more berries. But I found no matter what to do strawberries will keep multiplying and multiplying and will give you a lot a lot of fruits.

Plant in a Sunny Spot

So as long as you plant it on the sunny spot, trim out the dead leaves as they die and take the berries out as you need them then they will just continue to products berries all summer long. Now it's December in my green house and my strawberries still try to bloom and have some flowers on them. It's quite amazing, so you can put them right into the container or you can put them right into the ground and they will multiply.

Growing Strawberries in Hanging Baskets

Strawberries are also great to put in hanging baskets. They love to be under the eves or anywhere they will get a lot of heat a lot of sun. As long as you cover them up, so they roots are cover and they green leafs are exposed they will keep growing and cascading off your hanging basket.

Keep Strawberry Plants on the Dry Side

With the hanging baskets you want to trim them back in the winter time when they start to die off and you want to try to keep your basket on the dry side so under the eves or garage to be safe. At the same time you don’t want to keep it to dry so you can lose your plants so you can periodically check on it. Just make sure they still alive and just add little water here and there but just throw that basket out and hang it again in April of every year and it will come back and you will have a lot a lot of strawberries in that summer.

Grow Strawberries in a Very Warm Spot

So strawberries can handle little bit of the shade if they are in a really, really warm spot where near the street or somewhere were they are really hot and not too cold. They don’t like the deep forest, so you’re not going to get them to grow there very well there. As long as you got a sunny spot and good drainage, raised beds are the best, they will grow almost anywhere and you can enjoy your strawberries all summer and you can freeze them and enjoy them all winter long.

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