Fragaria vesca 'Tiobelle'
Strawberry , Aarbei (Afr.)
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Tiobelle is an early variety and is a good choice for winter rainfall areas. Strawberries are cold hardy and adaptable and make great container plants.
Fruit is ready for harvesting 4–6 weeks after flowering. Harvest only fully red berries, and cut by the stem every three days, don't pull the berry. Harvest can last up to 3 months.
Sow 3 seeds in each hole, 6mm deep and 15-30 cm apart. Gently press the soil over the seed. Use plastic wrap to cover the top of the planter to keep the soil moist. Remove the plastic when they sprout.
Push a new little plant into the soil, covering a portion of it. Leave attached for a month min. and water regularly with the mother plant to keep it moist and encourage root growth. Then cut to remove from the mother.
You can grow strawberries year-round in a cold climate in a container because they have shallow roots and can easily be moved indoors and outdoors during the different seasons.
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Fruits are eaten either fresh or in prepared foods like preserves, juice, jam, ice creams, milkshakes, etc.
Strawberries may suffer from grey mold, powdery mildew, Japanese beetles, spider mites and slugs.