What will I receive?
You'll receive 24 bare root strawberries, which is the perfect number to grow on the accompanying three-tier planter.
What should I do when they arrive?
Carefully remove the plants from their packaging. Please note that when plants in leaf are contained within a dark box, even for a short period, some discolouring of the foliage may take place. This is nothing to be alarmed about, as the plants will quickly recover.
Your strawberry runners (bare root plants) have already been lifted, trimmed and cold-store-treated to provide the best results.
When will the plants start producing fruit?
Depending on the weather, your strawberry plants should start producing fruit around 6-8 weeks after planting.
How many strawberries will I get?
On average, each bare root plant should produce between 100g-200g (3.5oz - 7oz) of fruit and up to 500g (17.6oz) each in the second year.
Can I plant them outside straight away?
Yes, you can bare root plants straight into the three-tier planter and place them outside.
How can they be planted?
The three-tier planter, which comes with the kit, is the perfect container for growing your strawberries. The planter can be heavy when planted up, so we suggest choosing a permanent site in a sheltered but sunny position. The kit comes with easy-to-follow instructions.
What compost/soil is best to use?
Choosing the correct compost mixture is very important. The ideal compost mixture will retain water and nutrients for a long period but without becoming water-logged through overwatering. The mixture should consist of two-thirds compost and one-third coarse grit.
What fertiliser should I use?
The kit comes with 80g fertiliser and we'd recommend adding the entire fertiliser sachet when you're mixing the compost. The fertiliser is slow release and will provide long-term nutrition for your plants.
Also, feed your plants with a high potash fertiliser as soon as the first flowers appear. High potash fertiliser can boost your crop, although plenty of water and sun will usually be sufficient.
What's the best position to plant these strawberry bare roots?
The planter can be heavy when planted up, so we suggest choosing a permanent site in a sheltered but sunny position.
How often do they need watering?
Strawberries need a steady amount of water until they're established. However, take care not to overwater them.
Which way up should I put them in the ground?
The long hair-like roots go into the compost.
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