A basket full of strawberries is a wonderful sight. This Australian bred variety is easy to maintain and a vigorous grower. It yields highly aromatic, large conical shaped fruit with bright red glossy skin and a firm juicy, sweet flavoured flesh. Ideally planted in strawberry bags, pots, hanging baskets or vegetable plots. Allow them to ripen on the bush for the best flavour. They can be picked 11 to 12 weeks after planting.
|Growth Height — 15cm|
|Flower Colour — White|
|Fruiting Period — Spring|
|Light Requirements — Full sun|
|Soil Requirements — Well drained soil|
Strawberries are planted in April or May in most areas but can be planted anytime you see them in the nursery. Plant runners 30cm apart in rows 75 to 100cm apart. Strawberries can be planted in double rows 30cm apart to maximise space in the garden. Don't bury runners too deep or they will rot. Set the crowns at soil level and surround plants with a mulch of straw. This will help to conserve moisture and inhibit weed competition as well as keep fruit off the soil and reduce fruit spoilage.
Water plants regularly. Never let them dry out, particularly when they are forming fruit. Water more frequently if in pots and baskets.
Runners that develop from the main plant during the fruiting stage compete for moisture and nutrients and ultimately reduce yield. Remove them as they appear during fruiting and they can be potted up to create new plants.