In recent years, gardeners have become increasingly interested in various unusual structures and structures. Quite a few get lots of small size, but I want to plant everything on them. Something has to be sacrificed, but most of all I don’t want to sacrifice strawberries. It is difficult to find a person who would not love this berry. And her landing usually take up a lot of space. Fortunately for gardeners, it is strawberries that belong to those crops that can be quite realistically grown using different vertical structures, due to its compact root system. In addition, in recent years, many strawberry varieties have appeared, which are almost ideally suited for growing in such conditions.
Curly strawberries, much advertised in many periodicals, is evidence of this. Although such proposals of firms are often frank fraud, they did not arise from scratch. After all, the very idea of getting strawberries from beautifully hanging bushes growing in various containers on vertical supports is far from new. Any gardener knows that even the most common strawberry varieties necessarily give a mustache and often in large quantities, so if you plant them in a tall pot, then a green wall may well turn out. That's just it will hardly bear fruit. But the appearance in recent years of new remontant strawberry varieties of a neutral day, especially their ampelous forms, opens up entirely different perspectives.
Suitable varieties for growing
Probably, many of you, faced personally or through acquaintances, with the fact of deception, when buying seedlings of so-called curling strawberries, decided that the dream of a green wall with large sweet strawberries would forever remain in the country of dreams, and stopped even thinking about the implementation of such an opportunity . Meanwhile, everything is quite feasible, if only to choose the appropriate variety, to plant it properly and to carry out proper care. The case is not the easiest, but it is quite affordable even for novice gardeners with a lot of desire.
As already mentioned, remontant strawberry varieties of neutral daylight are best suited for this purpose. The fact is that they are able to bloom and bear fruit without any dependence on the season and the duration of illumination. Moreover, among these varieties there are ampelous forms, which are distinguished by the fact that they are able to bloom and give berries even on their unrooted whiskers. It is this property, together with the fact that flowers and fruits can be observed simultaneously on such varieties of strawberries, which makes it possible to create very beautiful compositions.
Attention! Varieties of curly strawberries are quite varied, but Alyuba and Geneva are among the most unpretentious.
The strawberry variety Alyuba, obtained as a result of the inter-pollination of varieties Rapella and Fristar, has rather long peduncles (up to 30 cm). They hang beautifully by themselves, well, and large, up to 35-40 grams of elongated berries complete the effect of the falling composition.
Ampel variety “Geneva” should not be confused with ordinary reparative classic variety “Geneva”. The latter is also good in itself and has been deservedly popular with gardeners for many years. It is on its basis that the ampella form was relatively recently obtained by free recirclement with the Alyuba variety. It is she who is ideally suited to play the role of curling strawberries. Peduncles in ampelous Geneva even more length, they grow up first, and then gracefully descend under the weight of sweet and dense berries. The variety is also characterized by yield and precocity. With one bush can be collected for the season up to 3 liters of strawberries.
With good planting and care, strawberry varieties such as can give quite good results:
- Queen Elizabeth 2;
- Homemade delicacy;
- Moscow delicacy;
- Honey and many others.
Planting curly strawberries: a variety of designs
Plant curling strawberries can be in almost any container with a volume of one liter. Especially popular in recent years, so-called vertical beds are used by gardeners. They can be made theoretically from anything:
- from wooden and plastic boxes and boards;
- from car tires;
- from iron and plastic barrels;
- from plastic bottles and pipes.
A nice curly strawberry also looks on the gratings, on the fences or on the walls of houses. In this case, you will be able not only to get some crop of strawberries, but also to decorate or drape some not very aesthetic corner of your plot.Comment! Such facilities usually require sufficient investment of labor and material resources.
Of course, the most popular way to grow curly strawberries is to plant them in tall vases or hanging baskets, as shown in the photo.
After all, flowerpots and baskets can be placed almost anywhere in the area, thereby further decorating it.
Features of growing curly strawberries
In principle, curly strawberries, and, more precisely, its ampelous varieties, are just a variety of the most common strawberries, so the main features of the cultivation are associated, above all, with planting it in containers with a small amount of land. Therefore, when answering the question: "How to properly care for curly strawberries?" It is necessary to proceed from the following factors.
Suitable land mix
Considering that strawberries will have to grow, develop, bloom and bear fruit in a very limited amount of land - the soil must be of excellent quality both in terms of friability and breathability, and in nutritional properties. In principle, in the garden centers and specialty stores, a fairly rich selection of land is now presented. You can stay on the ground, specially designed for growing strawberries.
If there is no such product on sale in your region, then you can pick up any land mix with a neutral reaction and an equal content of the main macronutrients: nitrogen, phosphorus and potassium.
Although the best option to plant curling strawberries, is to make your own land mix, which you will be absolutely sure of. The following recipe is useful for this:
- Peat land - 10 parts;
- Chernozem or turf ground - 10 parts;
- Humus - 10 parts;
- Sawdust prepared in a special way - 4 parts;
- Coarse sand - 1 part.
In order for the sawdust to bring the maximum benefit to strawberries, soak them for several hours in urea solution (2 tablespoons of fertilizer per 1 liter of water). Then add 1 cup of chalk or wood ash and mix well.
All of the above components must be mixed together, shed phytosporine solution and leave for some time to dry.
Growing and caring for curly strawberries begins with the proper planting. It is believed that the best time for planting young strawberry seedlings is April or August. The only problem is that most remontant varieties bear fruit abundantly only the next year after planting. And since strawberries do not tolerate transplantation very well, it is best to plant them immediately in permanent containers. Therefore, for abundant fruiting, autumn terms of planting are recommended, followed by good warming of vertical structures for the winter. Flowerpots and baskets can simply be brought to the winter in a non-freezing room - this will be quite enough for a good wintering.
But for those who want to enjoy the view of blossoming strawberries as soon as possible, you can try to plant it in April at regular places, using unpretentious and quick varieties. To increase the yield, you can remove the first two or three peduncles and immediately feed strawberry bushes with fertilizers containing phosphorus and potassium.Attention! If frosts are still possible in your area, it is advisable to cover strawberries with non-woven material.
It is fully capable of protecting her from unexpected cold snaps in the spring.
The process of planting itself is not much different from the usual. It is only necessary to understand that planting strawberry bushes in limited capacity, you need to carefully straighten all the roots in length to avoid their bending up and to the side.
Watering and feeding
When caring for curly strawberries, the most important procedures are providing the plants with necessary, but not excessive, moisture and regular feeding.
A drip irrigation device will help you ideally solve the first task. As for fertilizers, you can go several ways:
- Even when planting, add a long-playing complex fertilizer to the soil, which, under the influence of the incoming moisture, will gradually decompose and supply strawberries with nutrients.
- At least once a week, instead of watering, use a solution infused on green grass, with the addition of slurry and wood ash, to feed strawberries.
- You can also use any complex special fertilizer for strawberries.
It is only important to produce dressing under the root and regularly.
Reproduction curly strawberries
It is thanks to a fairly large number of whiskers, which form ampelous varieties of strawberries, their reproduction does not present any particular difficulties.Important! When caring for strawberries, it is advisable to leave only about five whiskers with rosettes on them.
The rest must be decisively cut, because they weaken the maternal plant and, most likely, will not be able to give flowers and fruits.
The largest of the sockets, forming the most berries, can be marked in any way and subsequently used for reproduction. To this end, in the fall they are separated from the parent bush and landed in separate containers. For the winter, you can prikopat in the garden, bring it into a non-freezing room or land on the next vertical beds, not forgetting to warm them well.
The next video describes in detail all the features of the care of the so-called curly or ampelous strawberries.
Curly strawberries could not grab the attention of gardeners with their beauty and originality, but judging by the reviews, not everyone was able to grow it the first time.
Anna, 57 years old, Voronezh Despite her solid gardening experience (about 20 years), she was not able to pass by the advertising of curly “miracle strawberries”. Despite the impressive price, ordered 10 bushes. Of those that came, only two showed signs of life. I nursed them as I could. By the summer they were planted in pots with the best ground, even bloomed, but after waiting for the berries, I could not restrain my disappointment - the taste was mediocre, and the strawberries themselves are not large at all. Moreover, until the autumn I couldn’t squeeze anything out of them anymore, no matter how I tried. Of course, nothing curled in the bushes was not at all - ordinary, unremarkable bushes. And they did not survive the winter at all, although I wrapped them up better than my own strawberries. In general, the more I will not risk it.
Olga, 38, Bryansk I knew for sure that miracles do not happen and when a friend persuaded to buy curly strawberries to buy seedlings, I did not do that. Of course, her friend didn’t work out with them - everyone died this summer, no matter how she tried to care for them. Even the berries, she did not wait. I’ve been growing the garden strawberry Elizabeth 2 for several years now, so I decided to experiment with it. In the summer of last year, she planted about 20 whiskers and, by the first frost, raised good strong seedlings. In the winter she put it on the glazed balcony and occasionally watered. In winter, it is cold enough, but below zero the temperature drops only in extreme cold. The plants survived the winter well and in March began to produce new leaves. Then I landed them in several large hanging baskets (5 pieces each) and fed them. In the spring on the glassed-in balcony it was already quite warm and light, and the strawberries went to grow. In mid-April, flower stalks appeared, and in May we tried the first berries. Of course, this strawberry does not curl at all, but simply gives long whiskers with rosettes, on which flowers also appear first, and then berries. But it also turns out very beautiful.
Although for many people still curly strawberries remain an unattainable dream, everything is not as difficult as it is thought. And it is not necessary to invest big money in order to enjoy in our garden tasty and healthy berries, which also can serve as a real decoration of the site.