How long does it take to grow a strawberry?
The delicious plump strawberry you pick in June, only started as a small white flower blossom in May. After the bees visit the flower it will begin to form into a small hard green berry. We need lots of sunshine, warmth, and an steady amount of rain over the next 4-5 weeks. We use drip irrigation which is a small tube underground to help provide water to the plants. This helps get the water directly to the roots, rather than overhead sprays which waste water and creates more opportunity for disease. We don’t spray while our berries are forming so using drip irrigation is important. Only until early June do the berries start to turn red and grow juicy and sweet. It is a very short season so the weather at this time is very important. Sometimes we get too much rain, or it gets too hot, and the berries will rot before we can get them picked.
Farming strawberries is risky business, so when you pick that perfect yummy berry, know that it took alot of things to go just right.