Tui Garden

Strawberry Growing Guide

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The great Kiwi pavlova just wouldn’t be the same without a generous topping of delicious red strawberries. Grow your own this season and you’ll be the family favourite! Plant in garden beds, pots and containers and harvest a bumper crop of homegrown strawberries this summer.

Prepare

The better the soil, the better your plants will grow. If you are starting with an existing garden bed dig in organic matter like sheep pellets and Tui Compost to your soil. Then you can add a layer of Tui Strawberry Mix, specifically formulated with extra potassium, just what your strawberry plants need to encourage a plentiful harvest of big juicy fruit.

If planting in pots and containers use Tui Strawberry Mix.

Plant

A good rule of thumb is to plant five strawberry plants for each member of the household. Research shows that planting strawberries in New Zealand's winter temperatures will produce a larger crop over the season, so don't be afraid to plant early.

Choose a spot in full sun. Plant early in the morning or late in the day so plants aren't exposed to hot sun straight away.

If you're short on garden space, strawberry plants grow well in hanging baskets, or you can plant straight into a bag of Tui Strawberry Mix – just remember to make small drainage holes underneath. Five or six plants will fit in a bag when it is lying flat.

Directions for planting in garden beds:

  • Water plants thoroughly before planting and allow to drain.
  • Make mounds about 10cm high for strawberries to be planted on. Mounding improves drainage and increases air circulation around plants.
  • Gently loosen the root ball of your plant.
  • Plant 150mm apart on the top of the mounds.
  • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
  • Water your plant well.

Directions for planting in pots and containers:

  • Water plants thoroughly before potting and allow to drain.
  • Partly fill your container with Tui Strawberry Mix.
  • Gently loosen the root ball of your plant and position the plant in the container.
  • Fill your container with Tui Strawberry Mix up to 3cm from the top.
  • Tap the container gently on the ground to settle the mix.
  • Press soil gently around the base of the plant.
  • Water your plant well.

Nourish

Feed your plants and they will feed you. Replenishing nutrients used by your plants ensures they will grow to their full potential. For strawberries planted in garden beds feed every four weeks during key growth periods of spring and summer. Tui Strawberry Food is a balanced blend of nutrients to encourage fast establishment and growth of strawberry plants, and make plants stronger and more disease resistant, while increasing fruiting potential for large, succulent strawberries.

For strawberries in pots and containers use Tui NovaTec Premium fertiliser.

Well watered, well nourished strawberries will have a better chance of keeping insect pests and diseases at bay.

Protect

The weather, weeds, pest insects and diseases can all impact on the success of your strawberries. Protect your plants from the elements with layers of Tui Strawberry Straw, to help keep their roots moist in the warmer months, to keep fruit off the soil and to help keep your patch weed free.

Be vigilant and stop unwanted insects and diseases from ruining your plants. The Tui Plant Protection range will help you put a stop to any problems that arise. Treat powdery mildew on strawberries with Tui Disease Control for Fruit & Veges. To treat common insects found on strawberries such as aphids, whitefly, scale and two-spotted mites, use Tui Insect Control for Fruit & Veges.

Birds love juicy strawberries – to avoid them stealing yours, put up netting to protect your strawberries once they start fruiting.

Tui Tips:

  • Before planting your strawberry plants, water with Seasol plant tonic.
  • At the end of fruiting, remove runners and then plant them out for next season's crop.