Strawberry Plants – What happened NEXT after fruiting stage?
We were very lucky this time.
Not only did we managed to germinate strawberry seeds and harvest their fruits, but now we also have an opportunity to study the cycle of these plants in a tropical climate.
How many cycles of fruits can we harvest before the plants die in our tropical climate?
What we have observed from our plants –
- The red strawberry variety was a large plant, measuring more than 30cm from top to roots. Minimum soil depth is 6 inches.
2. This variety loves our sun and can tolerate heat, although full overhead afternoon sun is not recommended.
As long as the acidic soil temperature can be lowered to 25C (the lower the better) with ice, chilled water and/or air-conditioning, we will have fruits.
After fruiting for 3 months, our strawberry plants lost their vigor.
Fruits quality declined and leaves start to look poorly.
Finally I decided to trim all the mature plants (9 months old) and observe what happened next.
Jan 2016 – This plant died! Lesson learned – as the plant matured, it need more room for its roots to grow. It cannot remained in this 1.5L water bottle.
Subsequently, we repot all mature strawberry plants into bigger pots instead of continuing to grow them in plastic bottles.
Luckily, our mature strawberry plants continued to grow flowers and fruits after recuperating for a few months! 🙂 But the quantity of fruits was not as many as the first harvest.
One year on, since these plants germinated. They are grown without air-conditioning in my balcony. More sunlight is needed to see fruits but my apartment had only morning sun and outdoors were too stressful for me (mostly snails and theft of fruits rather than the weather). We also learned the hard way that they could not remained in our white bottles, strawberries’ roots need more room than 1.5 L bottles allowed!
I hoped this proved that strawberries can survived in Singapore, and if all the conditions (sunlight, rich compost, cool soil) were met, they can thrived and fruit as well. Much attention is needed to keep the soil from overheating (use ice or air-con) , but otherwise they are hardy plants.
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.