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Sow strawberries yourself: Here's how it works

If you have rich strawberries in your own garden, you can easily gain new plants in the summer by cuttings. Monthly strawberries, however, do not form runners - that is why you can only sow them in the hobby garden if you want to propagate them yourself. It's a tedious affair, but it's fun and worthwhile when you need a lot of plants. Recommended for sowing are varieties that have been carried several times, such as ‘Bowlenzauber’ and ‘Rügen’, both with a pleasant forest-strawberry aroma, the large-fruity ‘Fresca’ and the runners-forming Elan ’variety.

Strawberries are actually not real berries. From a botanical point of view, they belong to the group of nut fruits, because botanists refer to strawberry seeds as nuts because of their hard, fused fruit peels. When ripe, the flower base forms a fleshy pseudo-berry, the actual nut fruits are the yellow-brown seeds or nuts on the surface.

Tips & tricks for growing strawberries for the ears

With the sowing you lay the foundation for a rich strawberry harvest. In this episode of our podcast "Grünstadtmenschen", MEIN SCHÖNER GARTEN editors Nicole Edler and Folkert Siemens will tell you what else you should consider when cultivating and caring for it so that you can harvest lots of delicious strawberries in early summer.

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When should you sow strawberries?

The best time for sowing strawberries is between the end of January and mid-March, the monthly strawberries bloom and then start to bear fruit in the first year of cultivation. Fill a seed tray with nutrient-poor potting soil and distribute the seeds as evenly as possible. They are not covered with earth, but just pressed down and moistened, because strawberries are light germs! The vessel is then covered with cling film or with a suitable transparent plastic cover. The seed tray should be in a bright place without direct sunlight, the optimal germination temperature is just over 20 degrees. Depending on the variety, the seeds germinate after two to six weeks.

Prick the plants in individual pots as soon as they have formed five leaves. To do this, carefully dig up the young plants without breaking off the fine roots and plant them in small pots with slightly fertilized soil. The soil should be kept slightly moist evenly. After ten weeks, the young plants are fertilized for the first time and in May they can be planted out in the garden at a distance of 20 to 30 centimeters. The first flowers appear around 14 to 15 weeks after sowing, and the fruits form after another four to five weeks. In the following year you can look forward to a rich harvest from June to October.

In this video we will show you how to prick seedlings properly.
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Obtaining seeds from strawberries yourself

The seeds can basically be obtained from ripe fruits, but the procedure is quite complex. To do this, divide or quarter a ripe strawberry and let it dry on a piece of kitchen paper. After a few days you can remove the seeds from the dried pulp. It is easier to grow strawberries with seeds that are offered in specialist shops.

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Our editors Nicole Edler and Folkert Siemens will give you even more practical tips on sowing in the sowing episode of our "Grünstadtmenschen" podcast. Listen right in!

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