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Strawberries can be grown in a wide range of climates ranging from temperate climates to cooler positions in tropical areas; and are well suited to growing as a greenhouse crop anywhere if temperature conditions are controlled.


They are a significant large crop in many countries and a popular crop for home gardeners the world over. More than 3.5 million tonnes of strawberries were produced in 75 countries in 2005 and by 2010 the world’s top 10 producers harvested almost 3 million metric tonnes, this extended to global production of over 4.5 million tonnes by 2012; a growth of almost 13% in 5 years. Although the United States, Turkey, Spain, Mexico the Netherlands, remain amongst the top producers, other countries are steadily increasing their production with Greece and Egypt increasing their production level by over 30% between 2007 and 2014, Chile too is an emerging and increasing producer. 


Contents

CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: OVERVIEW, HISTORY, BOTANY AND TAXONOMY 

The strawberry

History

Botany

Genetics

Species

Types of strawberry plants

Day neutral strawberry varieties

Short day strawberry varieties

Long day varieties

 

CHAPTER 2 CULTURE  

Climate

Pollination

Soils and fertiliser

Planting

Buying plants

Spacing plants and planting

Plant care

Mulch

Removing runners

Pruning

Replacing old plants

Netting

Propagation


CHAPTER 3 WAYS OF GROWING STRAWBERRIES, HARVESTING AND MARKETING TECHNIQUES  

Growing strawberries organically

Aspect

Soils

Organic cultivation in beds/rows

Organic cultivation in containers

Organic plant protection

Growing strawberries in containers

Greenhouse growing

Hydroponics

Harvesting strawberries

Hand harvesting

Harvesting large scale growers

Marketing


 

CHAPTER 4 MANAGING PESTS, DISEASES AND OTHER PROBLEMS  

Potential problems

Pests

Aphids

Beetles

Bugs

Caterpillars

Mites

Nematodes (eelworms)

Slugs

Weevils

Diseases

Fungal diseases

Bacterial diseases

Viral diseases

 

CHAPTER 5 CULTIVARS 

Cultivars

Comparing some cultivars

 

CHAPTER 6 USING STRAWBERRIES  

Nutritional value of strawberries

Preserving strawberries

Freezing

Bottling

Drying

Recipes

Strawberry jam

Strawberry fruit punch

Strawberry mocktail

Summer strawberry salad

Strawberry cheesecake

Strawberry jelly

Strawberry coulis

Other ways to use strawberries

For skin

For hair

Ornamental plant

Strawberry oils

APPENDIX



Learn more about Growing Strawberries in this 76 page ebook with pictures. 



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