The goal is to test how to adapt strawberries to fruit without air conditioning in Singapore.
Jan 3 2016 – Success!!!
Jan 7 2016 – Made in Singapore strawberry!! First fruit in outdoors garden without air-conditioning
On October 19 2015, I began the first outdoor trial with Alpine strawberries from my niece’s sickly lot.
These outdoor plants had a traumatic start ! 🙂
August 31 2015 – Niece and nephew germinated 16 strawberry seedling in this paper cup!
Aug 31 2015 – strawberry babies living in an overcrowded environment! 🙂
Aug 31 – Here’s what cramped strawberries looked like! 🙂
August 31 2015 – Summer moved cramped strawberry babies to bigger container
Oct 24 – 2nd Trauma , Strawberries suffered heat stroke on niece’s hot balcony. Treatment in special compost and iced soil immediately!
Oct 30 – Strawberries recovered quickly.
January 5 2016 – Finally understood why my plants disappeared!
Iced bottles and ice kept our soil cool for strawberries in outdoor garden
Oct 30 2015 – Strawberry plants recovering well without airconditioning
December 19 2015 – Strawberry plant s continue to flower and fruit in our outdoor garden without air conditioning
Dec 20 2015 – More strawberry fruits in outdoor garden pots!
Dec 25 2015 – Strawberry growing over the rim of a 30L pot 🙂
Dec 31 2015 – Strawberry is healthy and growing bigger
Jan 1 2016 – Strawberry plants developing fruit in outdoors Singapore garden
Summer and I decided to self pollinate the strawberry flowers in the garden instead of depending on bees on December 13 2015.
We are keeping fingers crossed that this will be the start of strawberries gardening in Singapore! 🙂
January 3 2016 – Summer with the strawberry fruit that she help “developed” !
Our strawberries compost was prepared 6 months ahead of our outdoors strawberries trials.
Kitchen green waste for our organic compost : peels etc, dried leaves to absorb moisture
Lots of ground coffee in the compost pot for acidic soil!
Preparing compost for strawberries ahead of time.
Jan 2016 Update – Problems encountered in outdoors trials – PESTS!
Jan 2016 – Snails or Grasshoppers ate outdoor strawberry leaves until only a stump remained.
Jan 2016 – Strawberry plants can grow from bare roots. Healthy roots are white colour.
Jan 24 2016 – More signs of recovery. Strawberry plants can re- grow from bare roots
Please read post on ” Home Made Super Soil” for tips on composting.
My conclusion :
For Singapore or any tropical region, it is best to begin strawberries indoors, preferably in June or earlier. (Please read how to germinate strawberry seeds)
Prepare compost or acidic soil early. Allow raw greens to break down completely before using.
Move strawberries outdoors from October or when cooler rainy season begins.
Strawberries are quite hardy from 3 – 4 months stage. Ours survived haze, wind and thunderstorms.
Red strawberry variety are sun loving as long as the soil stayed cool.
Acidic and rich compost needed for better fruits quality.
DISCLAIMER – Please note, the above information are for seeds grown strawberries based on my own experience and observations. They may not apply to nurseries bought strawberries.