How Long Does It Take to Grow Strawberries?
Strawberries are one of the easiest fruits to grow, but you do have to have a little patience. It is worth the wait though because homegrown strawberries are a really special treat. I guess I should start by saying that I really love growing strawberries. I have experimented with many methods over the years. There is something really special about being able to serve a plate of fresh strawberries to your friends at the end of a meal or just enjoy them yourself as a treat during the day.
Gardening container strawberries is something that comes second nature to me now. I don't use any special fertilizers, I just go for straight organic gardening techniques.
You can choose whether you want to grow your strawberries in a raised bed or a hanging pot. Also, you can plant them in a specially prepared garden. I like to keep my strawberries separate so I can easily harvest them, but I have also been known to fill up some blank spots in other flowerbeds with a couple of strawberry runners!
How long does it take to grow strawberries? Well, it depends on quite a number of factors. These factors include the following:
- What type of strawberry plant you are using.
- What type of garden you are planting into.
- This time of year in which you are planting your strawberries.
- How well you have prepared your soil.
The combination of these factors means that strawberries can take anywhere from 2 to 3 months or longer.
The best tip I can give you for getting a quick harvest out of your strawberry plantings is: don't rush anything. Like any other fruit, strawberries have a primetime, and it is best to just accept that you can't have strawberries all year round if you want to grow them in your own garden. They have a season, and that means that they will come to fruit towards the middle or end of winter if you live in a hot climate. In more temperate climates, you will get a longer season that can last well into summer.
When you go to the shop to buy strawberries, you can come away disappointed. This is what compelled me to grow my own in the first place. Commercially produced crops are sprayed to enhance color to make it appear that the strawberries are ripe when they are simply not ready to be eaten at all.
Why can't we just accept that nature must have its way to get the best fruit? We must exercise patience and restraint to maximize our enjoyment of these wonderful fruits.