How to Care for Beach Strawberry

As a fruit or a groundcover, the beach strawberry is a delight. image by www.morguefile.com

Overview

The beach strawberry is an ancestor of the large, and sometimes oversized, varieties of strawberries found at the supermarket. This compact plant often isn't sold by commercial growers because the berries are so small--only about a half-inch-wide. The small berries, however, pack in as much sweetness as the large ones but with bigger flavor. Growers also use beach strawberry plants for ground cover.

Step 1

Select a location for the strawberries that is in full sun for coastal areas or partially shaded if you are inland.

Step 2

Plant your beach strawberry in a large pot or in a garden bed with well-drained soil. The best time to plant is the fall or spring. Space the plants about a foot apart. Do not plant the crown of the plant under the soil.

Step 3

Soak the plant completely when you first put it in place and keep it well-watered daily for the first week to encourage the roots to spread in the new soil. After the first week, you do not have to water daily, but be sure to water regularly, depending on how much rain your area gets. While beach strawberries are hardy, they cannot handle long periods of drought.

Step 4

Fertilize your strawberries in early spring and summer with a granular fertilizer, 6-10-4 strength. The fertilizer provides extra nutrients to strengthen the blooms, which will bear fruit.

Step 5

Cut off runners as they form. Because beach strawberries are vigorous spreaders, they can overtake your garden. If you plan to harvest the strawberries, however, don't cut all of the runners. The younger plants produce more fruit than the older ones.

Tips and Warnings

  • Avoid planting in soil that struggles with Bermuda grass. The grass will quickly choke out the strawberries, ruining your time and investment.

Things You'll Need

  • Beach strawberry plants or removed runners
  • Flower pot or prepared garden bed
  • Water
  • Fertilizer, 6-10-4 strength

References

  • California Gardener's Guide; Bruce Asakawa and Sharon Asakawa; 2000
  • Growing Fruit and Vegetables; Richard Bird; 2003
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About this Author

Writing from Virginia, Margaret Telsch-Williams specializes in personal finance, money management, gardening, crafts and sewing, cooking, DIY projects and travel. When not writing instructional articles online, she works for the website Widescreen Warrior as a contributor and podcast co-host discussing all things film and entertainment. She holds a Bachelor of Science in biology and a master's degree in writing.

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