A few months ago, I decided to take Corona Tools and Stark Bros up on a challenge–see if I can grow strawberries in a small space! You all know that I garden on a balcony, so I decided to plant the 3 free Tribute strawberries that Stark Bros sent in one of my hayrack planters. You can read about the Strawberry Fields challenge here, and how I planted my 3 strawberry plants here. But now it’s time for an update!
- Two of my plants died. Now before you send me a horticultural condolence card, I’m really happy! Not that I lost two plants, but that I have one still growing! I planted these strawberries exactly when I shouldn’t have, in the midst of one of the most brutal summers on Texas (and US) record. Plus I don’t know what I’m doing. Serious–I’ve never grown a berry of any variety. I don’t even grow a lot of food, period.
- My remaining plant is growing like it’s on steroids. This is a source of amazement for me! I go check on it every day. I should set up a camera to record the growth, or just sit there and watch it. I’m sure I’d be able to see with the naked eye more growth popping out.
- I have 4 rhizomes, two of which are re-rooted. Well, technically, rhizomes are underground runners, and these are more like “pups.” I’ve got the Mother Plant, and she’s birthed 4 more little plants. These new plants are taking up the space left by the other two plants’ unfortunate demise.
Check this out:
I’ve got strawberry pups spilling over the sides! Now, I know I sound like the worst newb ever, but this is really exciting to me! I was so unsure of myself when I started this challenge, and now it’s a source of great wonder and amazement every day. I just do a daily watering before 9:00 a.m., before the sun gets super hot, and let it go. So, now that I’ve kept it alive and it’s thriving, perhaps actual strawberries aren’t out of the question? Stay tuned!