We usually get the seedlings for our garden at the same store every year. But this year, due to the nature of the world, the store wasn’t open to sell seedlings in the late spring. And now that the state will allow the store to open, the planting season has passed. So I’ve been doing a lot more of my own gardening, including learning how to grow strawberry plants from seeds.
Honestly, this was just an experiment at first.
I’ve had a lot of gardening experiments this year. And a lot of them have flopped. Like opening a bag of arugula seeds, dumping them in potting soil, and hoping for a salad. I didn’t even get one tiny bit to grow.
I was anticipating that this strawberry experiment would flop too, but it actually has exceeded my expectations.
How To Grow Strawberry Plants From Seeds
Starting with local strawberries will, more or less, guarantee that you’re planting a variety that can grow in your region. And that will give you a better chance of success.
If you can’t get local strawberries, it’s fine. Honestly, I sprouted mine from grocery store produce (I told you, I was experimenting), so I have high hopes for you.
Cut your strawberries into thin slices. Leave them out to dry.
I dried mine on a plastic cutting board because that’s how I dry my herbs. Every other day for about a week, flip them so both sides dry evenly.
Fill a large container about six inches from the top with potting soil. Put the dried strawberry slices into the container. Bury with another inch of potting soil.
Water them — sparingly — every day. You don’t want to flood these. After a week or two, you should start seeing tiny leaves poke through the soil.
If you want, you can transplant your sprouts into a large raised garden bed. But, strawberry plants have a tendency to take over the entire garden if they’re not contained. So keeping them in a container is actually the best way to grow the plant.
You should start seeing berries on them between two and six months (this, of course, with vary based on where you live).