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Ground cover strawberries

Bodendeckererdbeeren Schweizerland LuberaGround cover strawberries keep the garden soil covered, prevent the growth of weeds and yet bear delicious fruit. They have a double benefit, i.e. with fruit yield and weed suppression, and are also pleasing to the palate and eye.
   
 
Everbearing Ornamental Strawberry Double Pleasure® Hanging Pink Wonder®

Opulent, dark pink flowering climbing and hanging strawberry

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Variegated woodland strawberry

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Frutilizer® Seasonal Fertiliser Plus

The slow release fertiliser with trace elements for permanent crops & potted plants

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Strawberry Alexandria 6-Pack

Wild strawberry, also for balconies

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Strawberry Parfum Freeclimber®

The aromatic climbing strawberry

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Strawberry Parfum Freejumper®

The aromatic hanging basket/ground cover strawberry

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Strawberry Parfum June-bearing Strawberry Meadow® 6-Pack

Hearty, good strawberries with groundcover qualities

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More useful information about Ground cover strawberries

Many ground cover strawberries such as Freejumper , Alexandria and Schweizerland bear their flowers and ripening fruits proudly above the sea of leaves and thus have considerable ornamental value.

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Large selection of ground cover strawberries in the Lubera garden shop

Bodendeckererdbeeren LuberaIn the Lubera garden shop, you will find a large selection of ground cover strawberries, which are suitable for this purpose in various ways due to their growth characteristics. The Alexandria strawberry, which is a long-lasting wild strawberry that does not form runners, grows into large bushes. It must nevertheless be planted somewhat denser to cover the soil (approx. 9 plants per m²) and it is also particularly suitable for formal bedding and low hedges. The varieties Freejumper and Freeclimber produce a huge amount of runners and the many daughter plants are also very quickly able to flower and bear fruit again. If you plant these varieties in the spring, you will achieve full soil coverage in the first year and a never-ending strawberry harvest. It is therefore worth buying ground cover strawberries here in the Lubera garden shop. 

While the Freejumper and Freeclimber varieties are both everbearing, i.e. they develop flowers and fruit throughout the entire growing season, Parfum Schweizerland only bears fruit once per season, but then with a particularly high yield. The use of Schweizerland as a ground cover strawberry is particularly interesting if you only want to harvest once a year, but then all the more generously from your own strawberry meadow. In the remaining time, the variety simply covers the ground unspectacularly; but this also has the advantage that it does not always have to be harvested and the fruit does not start to rot if it is not harvested. Finally, the red-flowering ground cover strawberry 'Schweizerrot' brings a new colour to the strawberry meadow. Here, by the way, we at Lubera are also in the process of developing a variety of new, even more, intensive flowering and also better-tasting red and pink flowering strawberry varieties.

The Strawberry Meadow

The strawberry meadow concept was first applied by Dr. Rudolf Bauer, who bred the first Vescana hybrids - Florika and Spadeka - 50 years ago. This concept is still convincing today: why do I have to plant a decent strawberry bed in a row, even if it can be planted in an extensive and uncontrolled manner? How often do I have blind spots in the garden that are not covered, that are of no use? Why not plant a strawberry meadow, a ground covering strawberry meadow? Of course, there is a 'but'. Usually, these blind spots are not the best places in the garden, they are hidden in the semi-shade or there are other reasons why no gardening efforts have been made here so far. All the more beautiful when, thanks to the ground cover strawberries, they suddenly begin to shine in the white of the flowers and the red of the ripe fruits. And if you plant our varieties Freeclimber or Freejumper, you will be able to smell the fine scent of wild strawberries from a long way off...Of course, ground cover strawberries prefer full sun, but in a real garden, there are also relatively often partially shaded places, e.g. under a little tree, under a little currant standard, which are very common for the strawberry meadow. Fortunately, ground cover strawberries also work reliably in partial shade, they will simply produce fewer flowers per plant. However, as the ground cover strawberries are very close after 2-3 years, this has no influence on the yield per square metre.

Planting ground cover strawberries

Thanks to their large root ball, our ground cover strawberry plants from the Lubera garden shop can be planted at any time. Nevertheless, we recommend planting in the first half of the year, so that the planting can develop well and cover the soil in the first year. Thanks to the intensive runner formation, most ground covering strawberry varieties only need 6 plants per m², and with 9 plants the plant naturally provides coverage even faster and more reliably. It is essential to use 9 plants for the Alexandria strawberry, as it does not produce runners. Before planting, make sure that the soil is loose and free of weeds. If in the first four weeks after planting the first flowers are continuously removed, this will promote the start of runner formation.

Tips for growing ground cover strawberries

Here are some additional tips to make your strawberry meadow more productive and beautiful:

Fertiliser

It is worth giving some new food to such an intensive and dense plantation every year; ideally, sprinkle a fine layer of compost or Lubera Potting Soil No. 2 over your planting every spring and chop the soil lightly. Don't be afraid that you will injure the strawberries too much in the process; the chopping should indeed have a good diluting effect on the planting. In addition, we recommend a dosage of 50 g per m² of Frutilizer Compound Fertiliser Plus with a strong organic component in March, and then again the same ration after the first harvest at the end of June.

Pressing the runners

Especially in young plantings, the daughter plants on the runners must be pressed into the soil a little every two weeks. They will take root in this way and accordingly they will start to re-fruit and sprout faster themselves.

Cut the ground cover strawberries

In all ground cover strawberries except Alexandria, the main propagation is through the runners. In the first two years, tendrils that form out of the planting are therefore simply put back into the strawberry meadow and pressed on so that the degree of coverage can be increased. From the 3rd year onwards, however, such tendrils can also be easily removed and cut off, preferably of course before they take root. In this way, the planting can be kept in the intended bed, in the strawberry meadow. If there is enough time, the strawberry meadow should be mulched in the spring, before the start of vegetation in March/April, by removing all old and withered leaves, after which fertilisation is applied. This measure helps to keep the planting vital for a longer time.

Rejuvenate the strawberry meadow

Every two years it makes sense to rejuvenate strawberry meadow a little. For this purpose, after the first fruit rush in May/June, i.e. actually after the harvest of the June-bearing strawberries, all plants are cut down and the entire planting is cleaned and raked through with a rake or similar tool. This creates more space for fresh plants again and at the same time, the already established plants can rebuild themselves in the summer. The planting as a whole remains attractive and active for longer.

How long does a strawberry meadow work

Strawberries belong to the Rosaceae family and therefore strawberries should only be planted in the same field every 3 to 4 years.  The reason is this: Rosaceae show signs of soil fatigue so that a second generation of the same variety or species will only grow reduced on the same garden bed. Accordingly, very long-term planting can also become problematic, as new plants are constantly emerging via runners, which accordingly feel the problems of reproduction and grow more slowly or not at all. This can be alleviated and improved a bit by rejuvenation measures (see above), but after 5 to 8 years a strawberry meadow is often exhausted and should be replaced by another ground cover, for example by Vinca minor...But of course, you can then return to the old bed after a 4-year break and plant ground cover strawberries again and enjoy a fruity strawberry carpet.

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