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Organic Strawberries

STRAWBERRIES

Gooey red jam. Delicious creamy cheesecake. Chocolate dipped or sliced over ice cream. Yummy…Strawberries are the ultimate summer snack!

 

Organic strawberries are also healthier. Easy to grow and ripe for picking, here is how to harvest your very own strawberry crop.

 

Strawberries need at least eight hours of full sun each day. Be sure to follow the seed packaging for directions about spacing. Many varieties of strawberries produce offspring, so it is best to space them 18 inches apart. Be sure to set the plants so that their roots are well covered, but the crown is exposed to light and fresh air. Water them well.

STRAWBERRIES

  • Trowel

  • Measuring device

  • Mixing container

  • 10 parts KKO Potting Soil

  • 10 parts KKO Coconut Coir

  • 1 part time-release fertilizer

  • 8 parts KKO Compost or well-rotted manure

  • 1 part coarse sand

  • 16 parts KKO Rice Hulls

  • Mix, stir, blend really well.

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  • Gently loosen the plant from its container - don't tug

  • 'Wake up' the roots by gently shaking off excess dirt.

  • Place in new container so root ball is below the rim using new potting soil as a base.

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  • Fill around your plant with your mix

  • Gently pat it down to secure the plant and get rid of any air pockets.

  • Spread the new soil over the ground & till in evenly.

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(& spacing)

To get the most out of the berry plants, be sure to let no more than three (or if a smaller variety, four) plants root per square foot of soil.

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Unlike normal soil, coconut coir is sterile. The beneficial bacteria lining found in coconut coir increases the overall productivity. Planting strawberries in coconut coir require less frequent watering and eliminate the problem of water logging (due to its excellent drainage capacity).

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  • Water thoroughly, ensuring the roots are covered until 

  • Let it sit draining in a tub of water for 30 minutes

  • Then empty the saucer.

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