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How to Grow Strawberry Plants From Seeds

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Overview

Growing strawberries in your garden or home provides fresh fruit that is rich in vitamin C and that can be frozen and preserved for future use. Strawberries grow best in mild temperatures, but some varieties can be grown in cold and hot regions. You can grow strawberries inside your home or transplant them to the garden once they have sprouted. Alpine strawberries are the most common strawberries grown in gardens.

Step 1

Purchase the strawberry seeds from a nursery or hardware store. Place the packets in the freezer for at least two weeks. This mimics the winter season that fruit seeds go through.

Step 2

Prepare the soil for the strawberry seeds. Combine a mixture of one-fourth rich soil and three-fourths peat moss in a seed tray, sprinkling it lightly until it's one-half inch deep. Drizzle water over the mixture until it is damp, and then sprinkle the seeds over the soil. Cover it with a light coating of peat moss.

Step 3

Put the seed tray in direct sunlight inside your house, such as in a window. Make sure to keep the seed tray soil moist, watering it about every three days. You should see the seeds begin to germinate within three weeks. Let them germinate until each sprout has three leaves.

Step 4

Transplant the strawberry seeds to a large planter. You can now place them outside, or keep them inside in a large-enough area that is sunny, like a patio or large window sill. Make sure the planter is well-drained (if outside, it can drain onto the ground, or if inside, it can drain into a tray) with soil that is alkaline.

Step 5

Continue watering the strawberry plants during the first year just to keep the soil moist. Pinch off each white flower that appears carefully to help the plant become strong, which will make it much more productive the following year. If any fruit appears, immediately clip it off. During the following spring and summer, you should have a large bearing of strawberries.

Step 6

Mulch the strawberries in mid-fall to protect them from the first frost. It is important to wait before removing the mulch until after the last spring frost has passed. Or you can choose to bring them inside to a sunny window.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry seeds
  • Freezer
  • Peat moss
  • Seed tray
  • Soil
  • Fresh water
  • Large planters for transplanting or outside area for transplanting

References

  • Growing Strawberries
Keywords: strawberry plants, growing strawberry fruit, harvesting fruit

About this Author

Lauren Wise has more than eight years' experience as a writer, editor, copywriter and columnist. She specializes in food, wine, music and pop culture. Her writing has appeared in various magazines, including "Runway," "A2Z," "Scottsdale Luxury Living" and "True West." Wise holds a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Arizona State University.