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Caring for strawberries after harvest: tips on fertilizing, watering and planting for more sweet fruit next year!

The delicious fruits of strawberries are irresistibly delicious for young and old. Of course, the joy is twice as great when they come from your own garden. However, in order for the perennial plants to produce high yields next year, you should take care of the strawberries after harvest.

Caring for strawberries after harvest: Fertilizing done right

Planting berries care after harvest increase yields

August, just after the end of the harvest season is the right time to care for strawberries. Among the care measures is fertilizing. Since the plants start budding already in September, you should provide them with all the necessary nutrients in August .

What fertilizer can be used for strawberries: Horn shavings, diluted nettle manure and liquid fertilizer for vegetables are best suited

You can use organic fertilizers from the garden center or simply mix cattle manure or horn shavings with homemade compost and work it into the bed. If you are growing in a container, an organic liquid fertilizer for vegetables is a good choice. You can also make nettle liquid manure yourself and then dilute it with water. Fertilize early in the morning, pouring the liquid manure at the bottom directly into the root zone.

Nettle liquid manure do it yourself instructions and fertilize strawberries

These fertilizers are not suitable for strawberries: Blue grain, chicken manure and guano.

What you should not use: Blue corn, chicken manure and guano contain minerals that in high amounts can damage plants. Coffee grounds do not contain all the necessary nutrients and therefore cannot promote flowering. If plants do not receive adequate nutrients by September, they will form fewer flower buds and bear less fruit the next year.

Mulch strawberries after harvest

Especially during long periods of heat, a thin layer of mulch can help retain moisture in the soil. Straw is a particularly good choice.

Water strawberries properly after harvest

Care for strawberries after harvest and water them properly

Strawberries should be watered extensively even after harvest. Check regularly to make sure the soil is moist – it should never dry out. Water the plants with rainwater or leave the watering water in a container (bucket, watering can without a lid) overnight. Always water the strawberries with lukewarm water and always carefully from the bottom. Make sure that the leaves remain dry. Wet leaves can easily burn under the strong rays of the sun and are more susceptible to fungus and pests. Water the plants early in the morning. Then in the fall after buds have formed, you can water the plants as needed.

Mow down strawberries instead of just cutting off the leaves.

Cut or mow off berries leaves

Usually, the leaves of strawberries are cut off after the harvest season is over. In recent years, mowing them off has become an alternative. Especially if the strawberries are overgrown, or if offshoots are growing around the plants, then mowing them down proves to be really helpful. Simply set a lawn mower as high as possible and run it over the plants. This will then allow them to grow new, healthy leaves and make them less susceptible to fungus and disease.

Strawberries that were planted this year should not be mowed down. However, you can cut off individual leaves to thin them out. If the growth is too dense, the plants can not dry and diseases such as powdery mildew will then spread quickly.

Healthy leaves, by the way, you can compost without any problems.

When to plant new strawberries?

Planting strawberries useful tips for keeping in raised beds

Pre-grown strawberry plants are planted in the ground in early August. Young plants can bear fruit in the same year, but with proper care you can expect high yields only in the next two to three years. From the fourth year, the flowering and fruiting decreases. However, strawberries are sensitive to regrowth and need to change location every three to four years at most. So the new plants need a different place in the garden, they can not be grown in the same bed.

Planting strawberries: Instructions step by step

How to plant strawberries correctly instructions

First you should weed the bed and check the garden soil for pests. Then you can provide the garden soil with slow-release fertilizer or work compost into the soil. The optimal pH value for strawberries is 6. If the values in your garden are in the alkaline range (between 7 and 14), you can work in needle compost and thus lower the pH value. It is best to measure the pH of the garden soil before planting. Then you can place the seedlings in the soil, leaving a distance of 70 cm between rows of strawberries and 30 cm between each plant in a row.

Strawberries after harvest: summary

Immediately after harvest, strawberries need a lot of care to bear fruit abundantly next year. Fertilize them with organic fertilizer, compost and horn shavings are best for this. Water them regularly and mulch them with a thin layer of straw during long periods of heat. Then mow off the old leaves in August, even if they look fresh and healthy. New plants you can put in the ground immediately after harvesting.