The 23rd Annual Spring Garden Show in South Coast Plaza presents Growing Organic Strawberries Year-Round. The guest speaker for this seminar discusses the basic necessities of soil, water, fertilizer, and planting in containers. Moreover, other requirements include Perfect Purice, soil mixture, Super Berry Builder Fertilizer, and containers or pots.
The first step involves seeking a location that gets full sunlight for four to six hours. Place your container at that location.
The second step involves using the right soil mixture. Make sure there is good drainage as well as compost for your soil, whether using clay soil or sandy soil, because drainage and compost break up and feed the soil. Add compost once a year to your soil.
The third step involves using perlite, humus and certain strawberry varieties. Humus looks like little white pebbles. Albion and Seascape are the best strawberry varieties to use because they are easy to use, flexible, and perfect for container gardening.
The fourth step involves properly watering your plant. When watering a strawberry plant, remember not to overwater. Check daily in order to monitor its progress. Stick your finger in the dirt to make sure it gets an inch to two inches of water. If you notice something is wrong, then your plant probably has too much salt. Other problems include noticing that the leaves are dried at the edges. The leaves should be moist, but not soggy. Deciding whether to use self-watering pots depends on the product used.
The fifth step involves feeding and nourishing your plant. Organic soil is perfect for growing edible plants. Alfalfa meal is a good natural growth hormone. Worm compost doesn't have an odor. Micro Rising is microscopic fungi. Humic acid, such as tree leaves that have fallen on the ground, makes a good form of compost.
The sixth step involves using natural repellants to keep off certain pests. Pine needles tend to deter snails and slugs when they step on it. It breaks off in time to create acidity in the soil. Copper stripping deters snail and slugs, similar to shock treatment. The appearance of fungus gnats is an indication that your plant is in a wet area. In order to solve this problem, place little pieces of wood underneath your pot or container. Healthy roots are usually white. If you notice the roots are black as well as the soil smells bad, then your plant is rotten. The PH amount should be between 6.5 and 6.8 for a healthy plant.