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Strawberry

Fragaria vesca 'Tiobelle'

Strawberry (Eng.), 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.

Planning

Difficulty
Easy
Flowering time
Summer, Spring
Fruiting time
Summer, Spring

Harvesting

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.

Propagation

Seed
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.
Layering
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.

Special features

Pot plant
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.

Geography

Origin
Europe
Natural climate
Temperate

Environment

Light
Full Sun
Soil moisture
Moist
Soil type
Clay, Loam, Sand
Soil PH preference
Acid, Neutral
Frost hardiness
Half-Hardy

Uses

Edible
Fruits are eaten either fresh or in prepared foods like preserves, juice, jam, ice creams, milkshakes, etc.

Personality

Family
Rosaceae
Flower colour
, White
Scent
Mild

Problems

Strawberries may suffer from grey mold, powdery mildew, Japanese beetles, spider mites and slugs.

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