Strawberry plants are heavy feeders and need regular fertilization to produce a good crop of berries. The best time to fertilize strawberries is in the spring, when the plants are actively growing. You can also fertilize them again in the fall, after the harvest.
This post may contain affiliate links. If you make a purchase I may receive a small comission which helps keep me gardening.
There are two main types of fertilizers that you can use for strawberry plants: granular fertilizers and liquid fertilizers. Granular fertilizers are easy to apply and can be spread by hand or with a broadcast spreader. Liquid fertilizers are more expensive, but they are absorbed by the plants more quickly.
If you are using granular fertilizer, you will need to apply it according to the directions on the package. For liquid fertilizer, you can mix it with water and apply it with a watering can or hose.
The type of fertilizer that you use will depend on your budget and personal preference. However, it is important to use a fertilizer that is balanced, meaning that it contains equal amounts of nitrogen, phosphorus, and potassium. You can also use a fertilizer that is specifically formulated for strawberries.
If you need help growing Strawberry plants checkout this post here!
You can also fertilize strawberry plants with compost or manure. Compost and manure are slow-release fertilizers that will provide nutrients to the plants over a long period of time. It is important to avoid over-fertilizing strawberries. Too much fertilizer can lead to leaf growth at the expense of fruit production. It is also important to water the plants well after fertilizing.
Here are some additional tips for fertilizing strawberry plants:
- Test your soil before fertilizing to determine what nutrients your plants need.
- Apply fertilizer evenly around the base of the plants, being careful not to get any fertilizer on the leaves.
- Water the fertilizer in well after applying it.
- Don’t fertilize strawberry plants in the summer, when the weather is hot and dry.
- Mulch around the plants to help retain moisture and suppress weeds.
- Stop fertilizing strawberries after they have finished fruiting.
When you fertilize properly you will notice healthy plants and abundant fruit!