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Strawberries are perhaps the most common berry in summer cottages and backyards. Its advantages: delicate taste, large berries, vitamin content have long been appreciated by both adults and children.
Absolutely everything is planted a berry, while sometimes using not the best varieties of strawberries. But you always need to know better about a particular variety with enough information to surely get a good harvest. In this article, we will pay attention to strawberries with the proud name Corona and try to tell you how to grow this berry variety.
- Taste and ripening period
- Some features of growing
- Choosing a site
- We fertilize the earth
- We start landing
- We take care during ripening
- After harvest
- A spoon of tar
Taste and ripening period
Strawberry Corona was first bred in Holland and took root well in our country. The middle zone of Russia does not indulge in warmth in the winter months, but this variety of strawberries survives frosts very well. And resistance to such an insidious disease as powdery mildew makes this variety even more welcome in our cold climate.
The taste qualities of the Crown strawberry are not even bad: the berry is tender, fragrant and sweet. And the size of the strawberries is quite impressive: from medium to large. Its color is usual, the same as a strawberry should be: bright red or dark red, and the surface of the berry seems to be glossy.
Usually the variety ripens around the middle of June, therefore it is classified as a mid-early variety according to the ripening of the fruits themselves.
The berries are quite strong, and therefore it is quite possible to transport them over long distances. At the same time, the appearance will not change at all.
Some features of growing
Growing strawberries outdoors is much more difficult than growing in greenhouses, because there is a high risk that the berries will not ripen either due to weather conditions or due to diseases and pests. But, if you can successfully cope with these difficulties, then in return you will receive what you expected: a good harvest of tasty and healthy berries.
Choosing a site
At the very beginning, you need to decide on the choice of the site on which our strawberries will grow. The land is best suited where legumes or crops used to grow. It is believed that such previous "inhabitants" loosen and disinfect the soil. But if there are no such beds, then the land on which nothing grew, that is, virgin land, is quite suitable. Having carefully dug it up with a walk-behind tractor or a shovel, you will get an excellent bed for a strawberry harvest.
If there is no suitable soil, then let it be the land rested for a year or two. On such a ridge, we will plant our seedlings. But there are a few more things to consider: the place for the strawberry garden must receive enough light and be protected from the constantly blowing winds.
In winter, there will be enough snow in such a place, which means that the berry bushes can remain unchanged and damaged. Otherwise, in the absence of snow protection, in the summer the strawberries may well grow small and their shape will be completely wrong.
We fertilize the earth
Do not forget that the garden bed should be well fertilized with humus. And as a mineral supplement, use nitrogen, phosphorus and potash fertilizers, which must be applied either in spring or in autumn. With good feeding, you should also have a good harvest. Strawberries, of course, can grow on any soil, but black soil and good fertilization are still preferable in order for the harvest to turn out to be great. Wood ash applied before digging is a good way to fertilize the soil.
We start landing
On the beds, about a meter wide, seedlings of the Korona variety, previously purchased from a special store, are planted. When buying, it is worth considering carefully the bushes: their root system should be well developed.
Planting bushes are planted in holes at a distance of at least 50 cm from each other. So you do not risk thickening your garden. And the time at which the work will be carried out should fall on early spring, late summer or the very beginning of autumn. The hole in which the strawberries were planted should then be thoroughly watered with water. That's all. The landing is now complete!
We take care during ripening
Keep in mind that you will have to deal with weeds for a long time and tediously. They must be removed constantly. Mulching will come to the rescue, for which needles, sawdust, cardboard, straw and film are used.
Do not forget to water the strawberries, but do not add water. And, of course, cut off the mustache and feed during the season with nitrogen or even complex fertilizers.
To prevent ripe berries from rotting under their weight, try pouring dry sawdust or hay under the flowers. This way you can save your harvest for sure.
But from birds - lovers of eating ripe berries, you need a special tool: build a scarecrow on the garden bed, but such that it rustles and waves something. It could be an old cassette tape wrapped around stick hands, or something else suitable for this purpose.
As for pests, it has recently become fashionable to destroy them with beneficial insects, the so-called entomophages. If this is not possible, then special solutions used for spraying are suitable.
After the entire crop is harvested (around the end of July), trim off any excess mustache and cover each bush with straw. So you can get another good harvest next year.
A spoon of tar
Strawberry Crown - the berry is very tender and can easily wither away if not properly cared for. Very often, the leaves can be hit with white spot, and the whole berry may well get sick with gray rot. You need to grow this variety correctly!
If it seemed to you that the tips in our article are too complicated, that you may not be able to cope with the strawberry Corona, then this is by no means the case. Nothing complicated, in fact, no. With proper care, this berry will generously endow you with a good harvest in the first year.