Do you have a favorite summertime berry? One of our favorites is the strawberry, and we love that it can be grown throughout the state of Florida. In fact, strawberries thrive in warmer climates. Start preparing your garden now for the up and coming Florida growing season!
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Strawberries require a weed-free growing space that receives an average of 8 to 10 hours of sunlight daily. You’ll also have more luck if you select a fresh area for planting. Strawberries do not do well in a soil area that has previously grown other strawberries, raspberries, tomatoes, peppers and eggplant.
In the state of Florida, the best time to plant strawberries is in the fall. Plant the strawberries in a raised bed, and plan for 18 to 24 inches between plants. If you’re planting more than one row of strawberries, separate each row by 3 to 4 feet.
The strawberry plant requires very little water to thrive. Only supply the plant with an inch of water, at the roots, one time each week.
Plan to fertilize the soil now with an organic fertilizer, and again after you have harvested the berries. Fertilized soil creates a softer berry.
Once the plant has bloomed, its berries will be ripe in about 30 days. Once the berry has turned completely red in color, pick it and test taste before harvesting the rest of the plant. If it’s still not ready, check daily using this same method. When the berry is suitable for your taste buds, pick the remaining strawberries and place into a container lined in paper towels and place immediately into the fridge.