Strawberry is one of the most popular fruit types. I often buy strawberries in the fruit market but we must be careful because of the possibility of pesticides. To be safe, we should plant our own strawberries in the garden. I have prepared several polybags to grow strawberries. So, to plant strawberries we do not have to provide extensive land, as an alternative, we can use pots or polybags. I will explain how to plant strawberries from seeds, let’s look at the following.
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How to Grow Strawberries from Seeds
1. Harvest Seeds
To get strawberry seeds that can be planted, take 4 or 5 strawberries and put them in a blender, add water and puree. The floating strawberry seeds are removed because they will not germinate if planted. After pureing, strain strawberry juice into a container with a filter that can hold the seeds. Then take the pulp from the filter and dry it. You will see strawberry seeds with pulp, take the seeds for planting.
2. Stratify Seeds
The strawberry seeds that you have prepared or purchased are stored in paper envelopes in a jar and put into the refrigerator for up to 1 month. Then, after one month has passed, take the stored seeds and leave them at room temperature for one day before planting.
3. Plant seeds
Before planting strawberry seeds, make sure that the pot or polybag that you provide has a drainage hole so that it does not cause stagnant water. Place the seeds in a pot and press a little into the ground, leaving the seeds open because the strawberry needs light to germinate. Cover the container with plastic and hold it with a rubber band. Place it in a place covered by sunlight. Usually, strawberry seeds will germinate after one week to 6 weeks.
4. Grow Seedlings
After the strawberry seeds germinate, give nutrition with the recommended fertilizer for seeds. This is done every two weeks as long as it’s still in the first month. Among these fertilizers are seaweed liquid (0-0-1). If you use seaweed liquid, then use one tablespoon to one gallon of water. If the plant is two months old, you can add 2 tablespoons per gallon of water. After 6 weeks of germination you can move it into a pot and ready to put it in the room.
To prevent the appearance of weeds, use organic mulch like straw. Water every day if you see the soil in the pot dries. However, if it remains moist you can water it once a week.