Strawberries (aka garden strawberries) are one of the first and most desired berries on our summer table. In order for the harvest to really please you, you need to start feeding the plants in early spring, immediately after the snow melts.

If you are late with the first dressings or apply inappropriate fertilizers, this will delay the ripening of the berries and reduce their quality.

First spring dressing of strawberries

The time of the first feeding of strawberries falls at the very beginning of the summer season — when the snow melts and the earth warms up a little, but the leaves on the bushes have not yet had time to bloom. In the middle lane, this usually occurs in the first half of April.

At this time, plants need nitrogen most of all. This macronutrient contributes to the proper growth and development of strawberry shoots and leaves. Here are a few recipes for nutrient mixtures that are good to feed strawberries at the beginning of the growing season:

  • 2 tbsp. mullein and 1 tbsp. ammonium sulfate is dissolved in 10 liters of water (1 liter of top dressing is spent on one bush);
  • 1 tbsp nitroammophoska is diluted in 10 liters of water and strawberries are watered at the rate of 0.5 liters of solution per plant.

In the spring, before flowering, you can also feed strawberries with chicken manure (or rather, its infusion). To do this, 1 part of fresh chicken manure is poured into 20 parts of water and infused for 3-4 days in a warm place. Strawberries are fed after abundant watering, spending 0.5-1 l of top dressing per bush.

How to feed strawberries during flowering

The optimal time for the second spring feeding of strawberries is the period from mid-May to early June. Now, when the first flower stalks begin to form, the plants need potassium most of all (this macronutrient helps to improve the taste of berries). Here is the optimal recipe for a simple potassium supplement:

  • 1 tsp potassium (potassium) nitrate is dissolved in 10 liters of water and the plants are fed at the rate of 0.5 mixture per 1 bush.

Important!

Brownish leaf tips are the first sign that strawberries lack potassium. If you do not urgently make up for the lack of this element in the soil, you may miss a significant part of the crop.

Also, during flowering, foliar top dressing (spraying plants on the leaves) with boric acid will be useful for strawberries:

  • first, 1 g of boric acid (powder) is dissolved in 100 ml of hot water, then cold water is added to 10 l; when the buds begin to open, the first spraying is carried out, and at the end of flowering — the second.

Feeding strawberries with boric acid during flowering not only improves the setting of berries, but also increases the immunity of plants, so that they better withstand adverse weather conditions.

How to feed strawberries after flowering

During the growth of the ovaries, strawberries are not recommended to be fed with chemicals, because. they can accumulate in berries, which will subsequently adversely affect your health. If the strawberry bushes look weakened, fertilizing with folk remedies will be effective for them.

Fertilizer name

Cooking method

Yeast top dressing

1 bag of dry fast-acting yeast is poured into 10 liters of warm water (consumption — 0.5-1 liter of top dressing per bush)

Nettle infusion

a plastic barrel or any other suitable container is filled with chopped nettle plants and filled to the brim with warm water, infused for several days and filtered (consumption — 1 liter of infusion per bush)

Ash solution

1 cup of ash is poured into 10 liters of water and mixed well (consumption — 1 liter of solution per bush)

In order to harvest an excellent harvest of large and sweet strawberries every year, do not forget to feed them regularly. And remember: all root (soil) feeding of strawberries is carried out only after good rain or abundant watering, and foliar (by leaves) — in the evening or in cloudy weather.

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