Growing strawberries in Perth is easy. We have an ideal climate and if you follow a few simple steps, you’re bound to have loads of lovely strawberries.
Plant your strawberry plants around March-May and they’ll produce fruit from July to early December. A strawberry plant is most productive in its first year.
Strawberry plants love rich, well-drained soil with lots of organic matter. When you plant your strawberry plants, ensure the crowns (tops of the roots) are at soil level or the plants will most likely rot. Plant them in a sunny position with good air flow which will help reduce fungal problems.
Mulching with straw or pine needles is great but remember not to cover the crown of the plants. Using mulch not only helps in keeping the soil moist but also helps keep the fruit clean. Remember that slugs and snails love strawberries too. You can help preserve your crop by either planting in pots or in raised garden beds.
From around mid December, your strawberry plants will stop producing flowers and may send out runners. This is a great time to propagate new strawberry plants. If your strawberry plant is in a pot or planted in the ground, pop a pot filled with soil adjacent to the plant and allow the runner to set root into the pot, forming a new plant. We often think of strawberry plants as perennials but they tend to produce for only two-three years. This is an ideal time to replace your strawberry plant with fresh stock.