Growing strawberries in your garden ensures fresh, pesticide-free fruit, as well as a touch of color to your garden or household plants. They are an excellent source of vitamin C and can be frozen for future use. Alpine strawberries, the most common type of strawberry grown from seed, have a reputation for liking mild temperatures. But there are also varieties that thrive in cold regions of Alaska and hot parts of Florida. Research the variety that is best to grow where you live. You can grow strawberries inside your home or transplant them to the garden once they have sprouted.
Boost your strawberry seeds' chances of germinating after you buy them. Place the seeds in the packet in your freezer for two weeks to simulate the winter months seeds go through in nature.
Prepare your soil immediately after taking the seeds out of the freezer. In a seed tray, make a mixture of 3/4 peat moss and 1/4 organic, rich soil. Layer it over the seed tray about 1/2 inch deep.
Dampen the soil with water. Sprinkle the seeds over the soil, and then lightly cover the seeds with peat moss so that light can still get through.
Place the seed tray somewhere that gets direct sunlight, like a windowsill. Keep the soil moist, watering about every two to three days. Within two to three weeks, you should notice the seeds germinating. Let them be until you see the third leaf from each sprout appear.
Transplant the strawberry seeds to a larger pot or outside after all the third leaves have appeared on each plant. If transplanting outside, make sure to plant them in a well-drained area in the same soil they have been growing in. You want the soil to stay alkaline and moist.
Keep an eye on your strawberry plants during the first year. Continue watering enough to keep the soil moist. If you see any white flowers appear, pinch them off carefully. This will help ensure that the plant will become very strong and produce fruit the next year. Your first batch of strawberries will appear the following late spring to early summer.
Things You Will Need
- Strawberry seeds
- Seed tray
- Peat moss
- Organic soil
- Large pots for transplanting or outside area for transplanting