Found growing in Hawaii, the small sandwich beach strawberry is a far cry from its larger distant relative, which is the strawberry you see sold in stores. While taking a strawberry seed and growing it into a plant can be quite difficult, strawberries are much easier to grow if you begin with a plantlet or runner. With careful attention, you can grow the sandwich beach strawberry to produce sweet fruits,or use its spreading nature as a ground cover.
Prepare your garden area for the strawberries. If you are in a more coastal area choose a spot which is in full sun or gets at least 6 hours of direct sunlight a day. For a more inland garden, dig up a bed that sees partial shade.
Make sure your garden area has well-drained soil. Strawberries like to drink water, but don't like to swim in it. If your soil doesn't drain well and there's no way to adjust it, select another location or plant in pots where you'll have more control.
Plant your strawberries during fall or spring, but not in the heat of summer or dead of winter, or they may struggle to take root and survive. Space out your strawberries a foot apart, keeping the crown of the roots just under the soil when you plant.
Water the new plants deeply this first time and continue to water them each day for the first week they are in their new home. After the initial week, water regularly as needed based on your rainfall. Don't let the plants go through a drought however if you can possibly avoid it.
Use a 6-10-4 granular fertilizer in the early spring to encourage healthy blooms. Fertilize again in the summer to give them a boost for making delicious berries.
Have a plan for the growth of the garden bed and select only a few runners to be allowed to take root in the bed. Mark these runners with a simple, loose ribbon and try to anchor them to grow where you want them in relation to the parent plant.
Cut away excess runners without ribbons to keep the strawberries growing where they are without spreading and overtaking the bed. While dozens of plants sounds like a good idea, eventually they end up competing for water and will not produce as much fruit.