Strawberries on the window
Today, one of the fashionable cultures of the windowsill has become strawberries. However, often, once in the house, it ceases to bloom, and then completely fades, thereby greatly upsetting its owners. What is it? Just a hoax? Strawberry unable to survive in a room? Or are there secrets that allow a delicious berry to please its fruits all year round even in an apartment? Let's figure it out.
Varieties of strawberries for growing on the window at home
Firstly, what flower shops offer as strawberries for a window is often not a suitable option for our climatic conditions. So, for example, large-fruited wild strawberry Albion. Its appearance is simply impressive: large green leaves, gigantic appetizing berries ... However, this variety absolutely does not tolerate any high temperature, no cold, no lack of moisture, nor its slightest excess. Therefore, it can be grown only in greenhouse conditions, which cannot be created on the windowsill. So what to do?
Experienced gardeners recommend not buying beautiful strawberry bushes beckoning with berries from the windows of flower shops, but taking proven repair varieties to the house intended for the area in which you live. They are not demanding on the length of daylight hours, have the potential for year-round fruiting, and ampelous options also hang beautifully from a hanging planter, pleasing with an exotic appearance.
However, if you are at a loss in making an independent choice, look at the varieties Home Delicacy, Geneva, and Queen Elizabeth. According to the reviews of fans of window beds, they work out on the windowsill best. Some recommend growing strawberries from seeds, but it’s worthwhile to think carefully, since this process is quite troublesome, takes a lot of time and requires careful observance of agricultural practices.
Soil for strawberries at home
If you have decided on the variety, proceed to the preparation of the soil in which your strawberry will be planted. For many, the easiest solution is to buy a ready-made universal soil mix in the store. But you can prepare the substrate yourself. For this, in equal proportions it is necessary to mix humus, sand and earth from the conifer. Do not go the simplest way - take the land from the garden. Usually it does not have sufficient friability, and is often infected with diseases, which leads to rapid death of plants.
Preparation and selection of strawberries for the windowsill
If you decide to plant seedlings taken from your garden in pots, do not rush to planting. Select beautiful, full-fledged outlets, without signs of disease, dig them into a small pot and place them for two weeks in a cool dark place, providing the strawberry with a rest period. If you want to plant young bushes from the layering, then remember that the largest number of flower buds is laid in sockets formed from the second and fourth buds of the antennae (the first and third remain in a sleeping state in case of damage to the layering). And the farther, the less plants have the potential for yield.
Planting strawberries in a pot
Since strawberries do not like stagnation of water, the first thing to plant it should begin is drainage. At the bottom of the pot, with a volume of at least 3 liters per bush, it is necessary to lay expanded clay, broken brick or pebbles, into which the remains of excess water will drain. Then, look at the seedlings prepared in advance for the length of the roots. If the root system is too long, it must be shortened. The planted root should fit freely in the pot without bending in the hole.
After the strawberry is planted, it is watered. Some gardeners and gardeners recommend the use of growth stimulants when watering, but experience has shown that this crop has excellent survival rate without them.
Homemade Strawberry Care
In order for strawberries planted in pots to feel good, it must be placed on the sunniest windows. Usually these are window sills of a southern and southeastern location.
In winter, it is good to arrange illumination with daylight lamps for plants to provide 12 hours of full lighting. Maintain a temperature of about 20 ° C.
Regularly water, feed and spray. Moreover, it is necessary to spray not only with standing water, but also with preparations containing iron, since it is this element that accumulates in sockets, which provokes the greatest crop laying.
From the ovary to the berry
If everything is done correctly, in two months the first crop will appear. However, here you can not leave the strawberries unattended. Unripe berries like to hit a spider mite. To destroy the pest, it is necessary to make a tincture of garlic (soak 2 chopped cloves in 100 g of water for 2 hours) and spray the plants.
In addition, many repairing varieties are very fond of giving a mustache, of course, you can leave them for decorative purposes, however, if your goal is berries, it is better to immediately break out or cut off the scissors with scissors, since they very strongly pull nutrients from the mother plant , thereby significantly underestimating the yield.
That's all not tricky tips on how to get a strawberry crop on the window. Observing them, you will not only collect ripe berries throughout the year, but also admire your strawberry bushes, since what can be more beautiful than a combination of greenery, white unpretentious flowers and bright berry lights ?!