Strawberry plants grown from the tiny seeds are such a kick to germinate and grow (along with cranberry seeds). The seeds being so small, germinate rather quickly and the delicate plants with unusual leaf shape are precious. They need to be kept moist at all times because they die quickly if left dried out. You will have a nice crop in no time, and experience the delight that you nursed the seeds along into mature strawberry plants with fruit. Enjoy...
Homegrown strawberries are full of flavor and freshness. As both a food and a decorative plant, strawberries are perfect for growing in the garden or in containers, and if you've got children, they'll find that strawberries are one of the easiest and most rewarding plants to grow. There are various choices to make when growing strawberries––choose according to what works best for you and the space you have available.
Growing strawberries from seeds Start in early spring. Use a seed tray to start them off in.Seedlings will do best in a very slightly acidic soil - mix in a small handful of ericaceous soil to your potting mix or compost to give them a fighting chance.
Tip: The seeds are more likely to germinate if they have been sat in the freezer for a week or two before being sown.
Sprinkle your seeds onto the soil and then lightly sprinkle a thin layer of sieved compost or potting mix over them - just enough to cover the seeds.
Moisten with water (a spray bottle works well) and allow to germinate on a windowsill or in daylight for anything up to a month. Keep the soil moist to the touch but not wet, and do not allow it to dry out or they will die quickly.
Transplanting Once the seedlings have achieved a third leaf, you can carefully transplant them to pots. If the weather is good, they should be fine outside, otherwise keep them protected and harden them off once the weather improves.
If growing them in containers, strawberries tend to do well if they are planted in small communities, so use a large container and plant several together in an evenly spaced gathering. Click here for more detailed information about growing Strawberries in Containers.
Pinch off the flowers Strawberries will usually produce a few fruits in the first year, but ideally You want to allow them time to establish and become stronger, therefore during the first year, remove any flowers that the plant may produce.