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Maree
My srawberries have been in an above ground garden tank for about 6 months. The plants looks lovely and healthy but we haven't gotten many strawberries and now the fruit is ripening but remains very tiny. What are we doing wrong?

Submitted: 09:23AM, 12 Mar 2010
Answer: Dear Maree,
The main fruiting season for strawberries is through the summer months. Without knowing more about how you prepared the soil and subsequent feeding techniques, it is difficult to know why your strawberry plants haven’t performed better.

Prior to planting, best to incorporate poultry manure such as Dynamic Lifter or compost plus a ration of mixed fertilser, such as Thrive Citrus Food, at one-third of a cup per square metre. Once plants begin to flower you will need to fertilise with a soluble fertiliser, such as Thrive Soluble Flower & Fruit or Aquasol. Apply this fertiliser every two weeks to encourage flowering and fruiting. Many runners will form so pick these off progressively to ensure bigger and sweeter fruit. Plants will bear well for about three seasons.

Strawberries perform well if planted in a full sun position and where the drainage is good. To prevent moisture loss, particularly during the hot summer months, it is important to cover the soil with a mulch. This will suppress weeds and keep the strawberries clean.

Hopefully this coming season your strawberries will give you a better crop.

Answered: 10:55AM, 18 Mar 2010

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