Strawberries – the info that may prove useful in a pub quiz
better know in botanical terms as the Fragaria, commonly known as the strawberry plant. Surprisingly, [or confusing-ly] it is a member of the Rosaceae or rose family.
Here’s the possibly boring bit fancy-speak bit and where this article may prove beneficial. They are a genus of 12 species and are by definition stoloniferous* perennials**
*stoloniferous – they produce stolons/ little plants in the form of offshoots
**perennials – complete their life cycle in more than one season
The leaves are 3 palmate*radical with toothed edges and bear white [or pink] flowers. They are mainly grown for their edible fleshy fruit.
*3 palmate – like 3 fingers of a hand shape
The difference between strawberry plants grown just for reproducing more plants [pause if you need to…] is that the parent plant is prevented from flowering and therefore prevented from pollination. The point in this is that all of the plants energy goes into the production of stronger [new] plants.
Strawberries – the info thats good to know if you want to grow them
Last season i bought some strawberry plants. I chose the Elsanta variety. No particular reason except for I was reared with this variety and [like a lot of thing Irish] if it’s not broke etc… Apart from that they are good croppers/ yield well, grow very well indoors and out and aren’t really that fussy on the type of soil.
I keep mine in the wee little glasshouse [6’x4′] I own and have just 4 plants. I have however seen them growing in hanging baskets, buckets and all sorts of anything that can contain soil 😉 This is the good bit… Buy your wee plant, Bung it in the hole and simply keep it watered. Then wait for the fruit. Per plant expect to pay about €2 each **if** it is not potted. Its a good tip to keep yours in a good drafty spot to stave off pests and diseases.
Whatever about commercial growers who produce for the fruit or the plant – from a domestic point of view… when the plant does sprout the little ‘baby plants [as ‘her indoors’ calls them] just nip them off and pot them up. New plants for next year and a great gift that costs pretty much nothing 😉