Top 5 Strawberry Cultivation Tips in India

Strawberries come in many types like 'Albion', 'Seascape', 'Chandler', 'Sweet Charlie', and wild strawberries. They differ in taste, size, and where they grow best.
Strawberries thrive in various soils, but sandy loam or very light soil with pH 5.7 to 6.5 is ideal. Regular watering is crucial for runner growth.
When applying mulch, aim for 3-5 inches deep initially, settling to 2-4 inches. In windy spots, secure straw mulch with boards or wire fencing held down by bricks.
Strawberries need water. There are two ways: drip or overhead sprinklers. June strawberries like both. Day-neutral ones need drip. Choose a system that checks water and soil.
Strawberries thrive in full sun for optimal fruit production. Plant them 12 to 18 inches apart. While self-fertile, they rely on bees for pollination. Regularly remove runners to prevent overcrowding.
Harvest strawberries every 2-3 days, usually in the morning, depending on weather. Use small trays or baskets. Keep them in shade to prevent heat damage. Plants bear fruit in the second year.
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