STRAWBERRIES - SWEETNESS FROM THE FIELD
Deep and humic soils are ideal for strawberry cultivation. Locations that are prone to waterlogging and that carry a risk of late frosts should be avoided. Strawberries should not be grown after potatoes, tomatoes, alfalfa, oilseed rape and meadows due to the risk of wireworm. Two types of strawberry seedlings are used:
- Fresh seedlings (bare-root or with balled-root) are planted from mid-July to mid-August. Irrigation is necessary as the water demand is high after planting. The yields are slightly lower, are of higher quality and make for earlier harvests.
- Frigo seedlings are rooted out from November to January and then stored at -1.5°C. They consist only of the heart, rhizome and roots (no foliage), and are then planted from the end of March to the beginning of June.
In the field, strawberries are usually planted as a two-year crop, as the incidence of disease increases significantly thereafter.