Sweet and fragrant ruby ​​berries of garden strawberries — what could be tastier? Not so long ago, they had only one drawback — the berry quickly departed, the crop was harvested once a month, and it is impossible to store fresh fruits.

Fortunately, breeders have taken care of this issue and brought out new, remontant varieties.

Types of remontant strawberries

The biological rhythm of berries depends on the length of daylight hours. On this basis, culture is divided into two types:

  • Varieties of neutral light day were created for growing in heated capital greenhouses and fruiting up to 10 months a year. They are practically not affected by the duration of daylight hours, and berries on shrubs are formed in any season. Such garden strawberries are also good for open ground.
  • Varieties of long daylight hours are dependent on the duration of daylight. They tend to produce two crops a year — the first very early in spring and the second in early autumn.

Advantages of remontant strawberries

The main advantage of such varieties is, of course, long-term fruiting, but it has many other advantages:

  • Excellent yield and a solid number of berries on each bush.
  • Transportability.
  • Fruiting in open and closed ground, as well as at home.
  • Early ripening (berries ripen 7-14 days earlier).
  • Resistant to temperature fluctuations and other vagaries of nature.

Important points when boarding

The best soil for strawberries is nutritious and light, and marigolds, garlic, calendula and mustard are good predecessors.

Prepare a landing site for 2-3 weeks. First of all, remove all weeds, and especially the roots of perennials. Then dig up the site and put up to 5 buckets of humus or peat into each square meter of poor soil, one bucket into the land of medium fertility. Add a glass of wood ash to each bucket of organic matter.

1-3 days before planting, dig the ground again and add superphosphate and potassium sulfate to it in a 4: 1 ratio. Level the surface.

In wetlands, make the ridges high so that the roots of the plants do not rot from stagnant water. Divide the plot into ridges and dig a hole in each, in the center of which pour a small mound. Put a plant on it, and spread the roots along the slopes of the mound. Then fill the hole with earth, lightly tamp and water the plantings.

Strawberry planting patterns

You can plant strawberries according to different schemes:

  • Carpet — is a continuous carpet of plants located at a distance of 20 cm from each other, and it is formed due to the fact that the whiskers of the bushes are not cut. The advantages of this planting are minimal care (there is no need to frequently water the plantation, mulch and weed it). Of the minuses, it is worth noting the high risk of infection with fungal diseases and relatively small berries due to lack of nutrition.
  • Bush — plants are placed 45-60 cm apart. Pros — large berries, good yields. Cons — plantations need constant care.
  • Nesting — bushes are planted at the vertices of a conditional hexagon. The distance between plants is 10 cm. A bush is also planted in the center of the nest. Leave 25 cm between nests, 35 cm between rows. Planting pros: relatively easy maintenance and good yields.
  • Row. Strawberries are planted in rows with a distance of 20-25 cm. Between the rows there should be at least 70 cm. This method allows you not to transplant plants for up to 6 years, but it also requires a lot of attention — mandatory weeding, watering and fertilizing, as well as loosening the soil crust.

For remontant strawberries, our experts recommend choosing a carpet or row planting pattern.

Growing Secrets

Due to the high yield, strawberry bushes lose a lot of strength, and the land under them is depleted, especially for large-fruited varieties. Therefore, the berry grower cannot do without the increased attention of the gardener.

Feed remontant strawberries up to 8 times per season, otherwise its berries will be crushed.

Mulching the ground around the bushes will protect the ground from the formation of a crust and rapid drying of moisture, and the plants from weeds.

Planting varieties is possible throughout the warm period — from spring to early autumn. After mid-September, it is undesirable to root plants — there is a high risk that they simply will not have time to take root before the cold weather.

Important! Transplant remontant varieties to a new location at least once every two years. Reproduction methods

There are three ways to get new remontant strawberry bushes:

  • Seeds. The method is good for beardless varieties, it also allows you to get many seedlings in the presence of a single berry. You can sow seeds in January-February, then the plants will need additional illumination, but you will also harvest the crop in the first year. When sown in March — April, illumination is not needed, and you will see the first berries in the next season. The seed propagation method is not suitable for hybrid strawberries.
  • The division of the bush. This method can be applied only in the fall in the second year of the life of the bushes. Our experts recommend it if you want to transplant strawberries to a new place. All signs of the mother plant are preserved.
  • Layers on the mustache. If you need guaranteed quality planting material to replace old plants, leave only one outlet, and pinch the mustache without waiting for the next ones to form. If you want to get a lot of planting material, then leave no more than three outlets on each mustache. In the first year, bloom, as a rule, only those closest to the mother bush. When there is no need for breeding, pinch your mustache.

Follow the advice of our experts and get a lot of amazingly tasty and sweet berries throughout the season!

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