*Choose a sunny well drained soil enriched with organic compost and poultry manure. Apply an application of fruit & citrus fertilizer before planting and blend in well.
*Strawberries do well in large tubs and pots, select a sunny spot and use a premium potting mix enriched with mushroom compost and a slow release fertilizer. Apply liquid fertilizer every 2-3 weeks during the growing season.
*When propagating seed, use fresh seed raising mix for best results. Keep in a sheltered spot where they can enjoy the morning sun and keep the mix moist.
*Plant strawberries approximately 30cm apart and mulch around and in between plants. Mulch will not only assist with keeping the fruit clean but will also suppress weeds.
*Once plants have commenced flowering, apply a liquid fertilizer such as thrive or miracle-gro every 3 to 4 weeks.
*After fruiting, trim off old leaves and any mouldy fruit that is still attached to the plant.
*Strawberries love an acid soil, therefore (depending on your soil type) an application of acitone will be beneficial.
*To prevent fungi attacking your strawberries, regularly remove any dead leaves and ensure they are kept well mulched. This also aids in keeping the fruit dry.
*Check regularly for aphids, these little pests transmit viruses so act quickly, control by spraying with pyrethrum.
*Applying sulphate of potash to the soil when planting will develop strong healthy plants and sweet full size fruit. This also aids in protecting plants from disease.