Strawberry is a plant that can be grown easily. It grows best in a sandy soil, with plenty of sun and water. The fruits grow in clusters on short stems which develop from the base of the plant. Here are the tips to grow strawberry from seeds:
Getting the seed
To get your strawberry seeds, you can either buy them or collect them. The easiest way is to find an open-pollinated variety of strawberries in the grocery store and pick some fruit off of it (you may need to ask permission). You can also harvest seeds from organic berries that have been left on the plant after harvesting.
Strawberries are not self-pollinating, so if you want more than one plant at a time for cross-pollination purposes and/or genetic diversity, then germinate several different varieties together.
Choosing the right time
Strawberry plants are cold-hardy, so they can be planted in the spring or fall. However, if you want to grow your strawberry plant from seed, it’s best to wait until after the last frost has occurred (and preferably on a warm day) before planting it in a pot or garden bed.
The best time of year for planting strawberries is during their natural growing season which runs from March through June depending on where you live and what type of strawberry bush you have chosen. If you want an early harvest, consider starting seeds indoors under lights about six weeks before your spring frost date and transplanting them into their permanent location when temperatures get above 50 degrees F at night and above 70 degrees F during the day.
Choosing the right container
When choosing a container for growing strawberries, you’ll want to choose one that is at least 8″ deep and has drainage holes in the bottom. You also need to make sure that it’s large enough for your plant to grow in.
If you’re using an indoor planter, look for one with good drainage systems that will keep your soil from getting too wet or too dry. This can help prevent root rot and other problems associated with moisture imbalance in potting soils.
If possible, avoid containers made out of plastic because they tend not to breathe well (which means less oxygen reaches the roots), making them more likely than others–such as clay pots–to overheat during summer months when temperatures rise outdoors but don’t drop much inside homes where people might keep their plants indoors all year long!
Choosing the soil
To grow strawberries from seeds, you’ll need to select the right soil. The ideal soil for growing strawberries is a mixture of peat moss, sand and vermiculite. You can also add organic fertilizer in order to help your plants get off to a good start.
- Add compost or manure (or both) to the mix – 1 part each should be sufficient for most cases; if you have access to cow manure from a local farm that would be even better!
- Mix everything together until well combined then fill your pots with this mixture up to about 1/3rd of their height before planting seeds
Planting the seeds
- Plant the seeds in a pot with soil.
- Water the soil and cover it with plastic wrap to keep it warm and moist (this is called “heating” or “germinating” your seeds).
- Place your pots in a warm location, such as on top of your refrigerator or near a window where there’s plenty of sun but not too much heat from direct sunlight–you can also use seedling heat mats if you want to speed up germination time and reduce risk of rot from dampness coming up through cracks in windowsills or other surfaces where they may sit while waiting for plants to sprout their first leaves before going outside
Maintain the plant
Once you have successfully germinated your strawberry seeds, it is important to maintain the plant. You will want to keep it watered and fertilized as often as possible. If you are growing in an indoor environment with artificial lighting, this may mean watering once every few days; if outdoors, more often than that–especially during hot spells or after a heavy rainstorm.
It is also important not to over-fertilize since too much nitrogen can cause excess foliage growth at the expense of fruit production!
If you can’t find any strawberry plants for sale, don’t worry! You can easily grow them from seeds. It takes about 4-5 months for the first fruit to ripen on these plants, but once they start producing berries, they will continue throughout the summer months.