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Shade Tolerant Strawberries

Shade Tolerant Strawberries

Shade Tolerant Strawberries

I think everyone at one point wanted to have his or her own strawberries growing at homes. Just because it is awesome to have your very own supply of fresh strawberries right there all the time. But you may be struggling to find a place in your home or in your garden, where the Strawberry plant is getting enough sun. And that leads us to the question.

Strawberries

Strawberry plants don't do well in full shade, but so long as they receive at least six hours of direct sunlight per day they will grow in areas of partial shade. The plants will grow normally and produce some harvestable fruit in these conditions, although the growth may be stunted somewhat due to strawberries having a preference for more direct sunlight. Strawberries planted in partial shade should be planted in early spring to ensure that they get sufficient sunlight while growing in late spring and summer.In addition to getting sufficient light during the day, strawberry plants require the right planting conditions to truly thrive. Strawberries do best when planted in raised beds filled with sandy, well-drained soils that contain a significant amount of organic matter. Ideally, the soil should be slightly acidic with a pH between 5.3 and 6.5, but as long as the pH is between 5.0 and 7.0 your strawberry plants should grow well. Nitrogen-rich fertilizer can be added to the soil as needed to promote growth and fruit development.

It’s a romantic flower, the little woodland strawberry or fraises des bois. The white blossom-like flowers perfectly complement fresh, trifoliate leaves, with scarlet jewels of fruit appearing at the same time. They flower and fruit throughout summer, providing a cheery edging to steps, or along fences. Grown in rooty soil under espaliered fruit, alpine strawberries combine with forget-me-nots to cover the ground with red, white, and blue, and lots of green.If I had to pick a favorite backyard fruit, I’d pick the strawberry. But not just any strawberry, mind you. I’d pick the alpine strawberry (Fragaria vesca). These sweet little gems are far more fragrant and luscious than their jumbo-sized, commercially grown kin (Fragaria x ananassa). Alpine strawberries are also called woodland strawberries. Pop one in your mouth and be prepared for a juicy burst of sugary goodness with a flavor that’s a combination of pineapple and berries with a floral twist. Yep. They’re THAT good. And most importantly, they’re also really easy to grow. (Source: savvygardening.com)

 

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