Growing Strawberries in Singapore Outdoor Garden

The goal is to test how to adapt strawberries to fruit without air conditioning in Singapore.

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Jan 3 2016 – Success!!!

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

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 ! 🙂

Growing strawberries with children

August 31 2015 – Niece and nephew germinated 16 strawberry seedling in this paper cup!

Growing strawberries with children

Aug 31 2015 – strawberry babies living in an overcrowded environment! 🙂

Growing strawberries with children

Aug 31 – Here’s what cramped strawberries looked like! 🙂

Growing strawberries with children

August 31 2015 – Summer moved cramped strawberry babies to bigger container

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Oct 24 – 2nd Trauma , Strawberries suffered heat stroke on niece’s  hot balcony. Treatment in special compost and iced soil immediately!

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Oct 30 – Strawberries recovered quickly.

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

January 5 2016 – Finally understood why my plants disappeared!

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Iced bottles and ice kept our soil cool for strawberries in outdoor garden

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Oct 30 2015 – Strawberry plants recovering well without airconditioning

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

December 19 2015 – Strawberry plant s continue to flower and fruit in our outdoor garden without air conditioning

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Dec 20 2015 – More strawberry fruits in outdoor garden pots!

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Dec 25 2015 – Strawberry growing over the rim of a 30L pot 🙂

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

Dec 31 2015 – Strawberry is healthy and growing bigger

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

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! 🙂

Growing strawberries in outdoor Singapore garden

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.

How to make organic compost

Kitchen green waste for our organic compost : peels etc, dried leaves to absorb moisture

How to make organic compost

Lots of ground coffee in the compost pot for acidic soil!

How to make organic compost

Preparing compost for strawberries ahead of time.

Jan 2016 Update – Problems encountered in outdoors trials – PESTS!

Pests not tropical weather killing strawberry plants outdoors in Singapore

Jan 2016 – Snails or Grasshoppers ate outdoor strawberry leaves until only a stump remained.

Strawberry plants can grow from bare roots

Jan 2016 – Strawberry plants can grow from bare roots. Healthy roots are white colour.

Strawberry plants can grow from bare roots

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.

DISCLAIMERPlease note, the above information are for seeds grown strawberries based on my own experience and observations. They may not apply to nurseries bought strawberries.

 

 

 

4 thoughts on “Growing Strawberries in Singapore Outdoor Garden

  1. Hi,

    I just wanted to ask if you know where i can get some strawberry seedlings here in Singapore. I want to try growing them as well.

    Thank you

    • When I have excess seedlings (young plants) from germinating experiments, I do sell the extra plants. Announcement of these are usually posted in my gardening group. However, our germination data on how-to is completed for the normal red variety. Can try from seeds as well. These seeds can bought from some nurseries like FAR EAST FLORA and sometimes even FairPrice Plus.

    • Should try! Although small in size compared to supermarkets, home grown strawberries taste really good! Growing them in the tropics, mean there is no season, but the fruits remain small. If weather is cooler or less daylight as typical of winter hours, the plants can rest and grow better. With no rest, our plants are still alive but fruits remain small. Some of the original batch from 2015, are still alive and occasionally still fruiting in spite of the heat. Outdoor plants are growing in our own compost (from recycled green waste) and pollinated naturally.

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