If you don’t have an area at home to grow them in the ground, head down to your local garden supplies shop and grab a pot or hanging basket. Make sure you get top quality mix to plant into – it will make a big difference to the amount and quality of the fruit you get from your plant. You don’t need a mix that specifically says “Strawberry Mix” on it, our Patio Plus will give you excellent results, as will our Tomato Mix. Yes Tomato Mix! Strawberry and Tomato plants have very similar nutritional requirements. You can also use the strawberry fertiliser (and vice versa) if you have one and not the other! If you are planting into the ground, mix through some Organic Compost with the soil that is there, if you are doing a raised bed, you can use either Vege Garden Mix, or Premium Potting Mix.
Make sure you give the plants space to thrive. Dig a hole about 10cm deep to ensure the roots become well established and they can spread out to get the essential nutrients and water. Pat the soil firmly around the plant once you have placed it in the hole, water them in and put a layer of peastraw or mulch on top (Super Scree is great for this).
As the plant begins to fruit, you will want to put some form of protection over the plants to stop the birds getting the berries. Use a mesh or wire cover so they still get air, water and sunlight.
Just like us, plants need more than one feed in their lifetime. In spring, give the plants another boost of food to help them produce the fruit. The more nutrition they get, the better they will produce the goods. Use our Strawberry or Tomato fertiliser. The application details are on the container, and make sure you water them after application.