A hot summer’s day is never complete without a delicious bowl of strawberries and cream. And the best strawberries are always the ones you’ve grown yourself; they’re fresher, riper and much, much tastier.
You might think that growing strawberry plants is hard and time consuming – surely it’s quicker to pop down to the local supermarket? But you’d be wrong – in fact, growing strawberry plants is incredibly simple. They are very versatile – all they need is some sun, shelter and well-drained, fertile soil.
Strawberry plants come in a number of varieties and different flavours. The “Cambridge Favourite” strawberry, as the name suggests, is the traditional favourite. It has stood the test of time for over 75 years, and has a very juicy, flavoursome fruit, which might explain why it’s so popular.
‘Finesse’ strawberry plants are silky and deliciously sweet when you bite in to them. As well as being scrumptious to eat, they are excellent for making homemade jam so that you can enjoy your strawberries throughout the year.
An unusual variety to look out for is the Pineberry, so called because it has an aftertaste a bit like fresh pineapple. Colour wise, the Pineberry looks like an inverse strawberry, with a white fruit and red pips. It has a strong, intense flavour, and is a great fruit to impress your friends. And finally, if you fancy a bit of a fruit mix there’s always the Framberry – a strawberry that tastes like a raspberry.
There are a number of ways to buy and grow strawberry plants. You can buy them as cold-stored runners, in a special growing-bag or containers. Strawberry runners are a great way to start growing strawberry plants as they are easy to look after, and if you plant them from late spring to early summer your plant should start bearing fruit 60 days later.
Alternatively, you can buy your strawberry plants pre-planted in a plastic hanging basket. This is a much easier option, as all the hard work has already been done for you, leaving you to sit back and admire your beautiful, red strawberries.
Strawberry plants are easy to grow and look after, and growing your own strawberry plants is a great way to ensure delicious, ripe fruit all summer long.
This is a sponsored post by YouGarden
YouGarden is an online gardening centre based in the UK, run by three horticulturalists with over 50 years combined experience. They have one simple ethos “Gardening for Everyone” and sell every from easy to grow veg to fruit plants including strawberry plants.