Do you want to harvest a good crop of strawberries every year? So here’s a debrief of myopic gardeners who spoil strawberry plants, the quantity, and quality of berries next season – by action or inaction. Let’s review the points!

Why do strawberries need care after fruiting. What did she think of herself?

From our Dacha bell tower, it would be very arrogant to think that the main task of strawberries is to give us berries, and after harvesting the bushes begin to “rest”. No, now the strawberries will work for themselves.

In the second half of summer, the plant forms buds, from which new flowers will appear next year. You don’t have to be a professor of agronomy to understand that strawberry plants flowering (read – fruiting!) the following year depends on care during this period. And your strawberry crop!

Mistake 1: Leave the strawberries as they are

As you already understood, the most interesting period for her begins in the life of strawberries. The summer resident will greatly help the plant if, instead of needlessly wandering along the beds, he removes 2 things from all the bushes:

  • Mustache. They take away nutrients, evaporate moisture, in general, for the plant – an appendage-parasite. Provided that the gardener did not plan to multiply strawberries. And in this case, leave the right amount of layers of the best bushes.
  • Old mottled and red leaves. The second is a manifestation of an infectious strawberry disease: spotting of all streaks. And they do not bring benefits to the plant and spread the disease to healthy neighbors. We cut, burn, pour the bushes with fungicide.
caring for strawberries after fruiting

Mistake 2: Dull thickets

Remember everything you did with strawberries BEFORE they bloomed, hoping for a bigger and better harvest. Diligently weeded, loosened and watered. Understand that next year’s strawberry harvest depends on care and AFTER fruiting: keep doing the exact same thing, without letting go. Well, if only a little.

caring for strawberries after fruiting

For reasons that I do not understand, some summer residents deliberately ignore regular weeding. Their calculation is simple – the grass does not allow the earth to dry out quickly, and I better go and water the tomatoes.

Not realizing that as a bonus they will receive a disease – strawberry spot, which takes away the health of the plant. Because any self-respecting pathogenic fungus loves damp and poorly ventilated corners, kindly provided by weeds between the rows of uncultivated strawberries.

Friendly Tip: If you don’t want to water your strawberries often, mulch your garden. Please don’t leave the weeds!

Mistake 3: Forgetting to Feed Strawberries or Feeding “Natural” Bios

Organic fertilizers are good in the spring when strawberries need nitrogen. But not by the end of the summer!

It is absolutely not for nothing that I wrote this very tedious paragraph about what happens to strawberries after flowering. For full laying of the kidneys and their ripening until winter (which is no less important!), strawberries need food. And nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.

But here’s the thing: phosphorus and potassium are almost not contained in “organic” fertilizers in the form of herbal kvass, vigorous mullein and fragrant infusion of chicken manure. It contains doses of horse nitrogen, which strawberries are no longer in the village or the city.

Well, at least this way: wood ash will give strawberries plenty of nutrients.

You can buy the complex mineral fertilizer “Autumn” (there is more potassium and phosphorus) or, at worst, the universal “Nitroammophoska” and use it according to the instructions. I admit, I just close the granules in the top layer of the earth “by eye” and generously spill the strawberries with water. Done – it works!

Strawberries will be grateful! And if the thought of scattering unholy “chemistry” on the garden bed turns you off, at least get by with some wood ash.