"Seascape" strawberries are one of the easiest varieties to grow, truly requiring a minimal amount of effort. These berries are day-neutral, meaning they do not have an internal clock that is dictated by sunlight. This is important because it allows Seascape strawberries to grow where there is no sun at all. With this in mind, researchers at Purdue University have recommended this strawberry as a crop to grow on space missions. If busy astronauts can grow Seascape strawberries, they are a cinch for the home gardener.
Things You'll Need
- Elevated garden frames or containers
- Loam potting soil
- Gardening spade
- Organic mulch
- 10-10-10 fertilizer
Plant your strawberries in the very early spring, but after the threat of frost has passed. Seascape strawberries are vulnerable to leaf spot, and the best way to prevent this is by controlling the soil environment. Plant your strawberries in elevated gardens or containers with nutrient-rich loam potting soil.
Purchase Seascape strawberries as bare root plants. Dig a hole for each plant that is wide enough to contain, and deep enough to cover, the entire root. Space the plants 18 inches apart.
Place each plant in its hole and cover the root with the removed soil, patting the surface down gently around the plant. Spread organic mulch around and between each plant to keep the soil continuously moist. Do not water the strawberries; unless your area is extremely dry, natural precipitation is generally sufficient for these plants, which do not like much water.
Wait until the first blooms appear. Pinch these off with your fingers, and your plants will develop a stronger root system. This means more berries for you when the plant begins to fruit.
Fertilize the Seascape strawberries with a complete 10-10-10 fertilizer just after new growth begins to appear. Repeat this after the last of the fruit has been removed in the autumn. Let the plants grow freely for the first two years, and then remove the oldest plants at the beginning of each season to leave only the younger runners.
- Purdue University; Low-Maintenance Strawberry May Be Good Crop to Grow in Space; Brian Wallheimer; May 2010
- BNET; Until There's a Perfect Strawberry, Try 'Seascape'; Jim McCausland; March 1996
- North Carolina State University Cooperative Extension; Strawberries in the Home Garden; E. Barclay Poling; September 1993
- Master Gardeners Santa Clara County; Growing Strawberries for the Home Garden; Nancy Garrison; February 2003
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