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  • Writer's pictureW. H. Perron

Strawberry Plant Plugs

Nothing is easier than growing your own strawberries with these large plugs ! In the garden, on a balcony bag, hanging basket or patio pot, these strawberry plants grow faster. The floral initiation period is done in the fall and then the plants are kept in cold storage until planting at spring.

Product name: Strawberry

Latin name: Fragaria

Variety description: The day neutral Albion variety produces fruit until September contrary to short day varieties that give a concentrated production for three weeks. Each plant can bear up to 30 flowers! The firm fruits are bright red, sweet, tasty and have a high level of antioxidant properties which is beneficial for your health. Albion is a well know variety also used by field growers.

  • Blooming: Continuous from May to September but can decrease during a heatwave period.

  • Exposition: Sun

  • Spreading: 25-30 cm

  • Usage: edible plant, flower box / pot, hanging plant, patio container plant

  • Companion plants: bean, borage, chives, corn salad, cress, endive, garlic, lettuce, leek, onion, sage, shallot, spinach, thyme, tomato, turnip

  • Rival plants: broccoli, cabbage, Brussels sprout, cauliflower

Grower’s Tip

Plant the plugs as soon as possible after receipt, since the plants are in a growth period. If you cannot plant them quickly, keep them in a cold area at 5°C.

It is very important for the plant, not to miss water during the flowering period, in order to have beautiful fruits.

  • Time from planting to flowering : 5-6 weeks

  • Time from flowering to fruits : 5-6 weeks

  • Total time to get fruits : 10-12 weeks

  • Fertilizer : Fertilize regularly as you do for your annual flowers plants.

  • Harvest : June to September

Winter protection

Open ground: Protect with a good layer of dried leaves, straw or mulch. In spring, clear plants of protection and allow them space to grow.

Winter protection suggestions container or hanging basket

Let plants experience a few touches of frosts to stimulate their dormancy. Then, place them in a slightly heated area (garage or cold room). Water them lightly, just enough to prevent drying out. You could also dig a hole in the garden and place the container there in the hole for the winter. Fill the space around the container with soil and cover the container and the plant with mulch. In the spring, dig up, clean, and rehang. Remove the plants from the container and plant them in the ground for the winter, covering them well with mulch. In springtime, repot your plants.

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