Strawberry Queen: Best Growing Tips
Briefly about strawberries and varieties
Nowadays there are a bunch of strawberry varieties, but not all of them can boast of taste, useful properties, unpretentiousness and aroma. Today we will analyze such a variety as "Tsaritsa" and all its advantages. Strawberry Queen is a very popular variety that is very popular with gardeners and summer residents. This variety was bred in Russia. The story is that one breeder decided to cross two varieties and got everyone's favorite strawberry “Tsaritsa”.
Strawberry Queen: variety description
One of the main benefits of this strawberry is its frost resistance. For Russian summer residents, this is a gift of fate, because in our zone, frosts can befall wild temperatures. The queen's strawberry can tolerate temperatures as low as minus forty degrees. This is a huge advantage over other varieties. But there is one thing, but if snow does not fall out especially in your region and frosts reach low temperatures, then it will need to be covered with something from frost.
Also, our strawberries have an average ripening period, that is, when planted with other varieties, they will begin to sing later than all other varieties, this is also a kind of advantage, since you can also enjoy the taste of strawberries later than the usual ripening time. It turns out that our strawberries will sing along with other berries, vegetables and fruits, which is a plus for preparing jams and fresh salads.
Strawberry Queen: flowering and berries
The Tsaritsa strawberry variety differs from other varieties in that it is resistant to frost, blooms and gives fruit much later than all other varieties, they also differ in their sweet taste. The bushes of this strawberry are medium in size, bisexual flowers, semi-sprawling landscaping. The flowers are white, small and located at ground level or slightly above. The berries of this strawberry are very juicy, the first berries are much larger than the subsequent ones.
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Strawberry Queen and watering
Of course, the main advantage is frost resistance, but in addition to this, the “Tsaritsa” strawberry copes well with the wild heat and heat. But in the heat it needs to be watered abundantly, it is better to make a schedule so as not to miss watering, because the future of your strawberries depends on this. In watering, you should be guided by your climate and if you have frequent rains, then strawberries will not need regular watering, but if you have a summer without rain and sultry heat, then it is worthwhile to water more often.
Diseases and pests
Disease and pest transfer is an important factor in the selection of successful strawberries. In this case, our strawberries do an excellent job with diseases, they tolerate ticks well and do not get sick with fungal diseases.
But there is also one feature, the older the course, the lower the yield, so you should take care of replanting the bushes. By the end of summer, our strawberries lay buds for the next year, at this time the heat has already subsided and this is the most suitable time for this action.
The nuances of growing varieties at their summer cottage
The first thing we have to choose is what we will plant. It is best to buy strawberries in some nursery, so you can be sure that they are the right strawberries and they will develop correctly throughout the summer. It is better that the Queen's strawberry seedlings be from a closed root system, because this way it will be easier for her to grow together with the ground in which you will plant strawberries.The seedlings that you will plant must have at least four healthy leaves. They should not be dried out, with any spots.
Pick-up and drop-off location
It is best to plant where the sun is constantly shining, a flat surface where there is a slight draft so that our strawberries are ventilated, it is also better not to plant next to tall plants or bushes. The soil must be fertile. If you cannot boast of such land, then it must be improved and seriously approached this issue. Disembarkation can be done in spring and autumn, April and September. But it is best to plant in the spring, as everything declines in the fall. The beneficial properties of the earth disappear, and frosts and a short day do not benefit our strawberries.
Frosts have a bad effect on the fragile roots of strawberries, they stop growing at full strength, which leads to a poor harvest. To avoid this, planting seedlings is best in spring, when the ground warms up, the day becomes much longer and the threat of frost disappears. There are two methods of planting - belt method and hole planting. During tape planting, a groove is made and seedlings are planted there with a distance of twenty centimeters. It is worth straightening the roots neatly without damaging them. Further, all this is covered with earth and watered with water. But there is an important point that should not be ignored. In no case should the central kidney be covered with earth. Landing in holes is not much different. The only difference is that a separate notch is allocated for each bush.
When the garden Queen's strawberries are already strong, they can be propagated vegetatively. During the growth and flowering of Tsaritsa strawberries, the care requirements are the same as for other varieties. Timely watering, removing weeds, feeding with nutrients, inspecting for pests and other diseases, weeding beds and sheltering in winter.
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Strawberry Queen: basic rules of care
One of the main rules of care is watering. Despite the fact that our variety is considered drought tolerant, it needs frequent watering. After all, future fruits depend on water. If the air in your region is sufficiently humid, then you should not water very often, because the high humidity can form various bacteria and diseases that strawberries cannot cope with. In normal summer climates, our variety needs to be watered every seven days. Especially when it starts to bloom, when the fruit is forming and before the fruit is picked. At this time, our bush especially needs watering. As for feeding, you do not need to overdo it with this matter, since with frequent use of nutrients, nothing good will come of it.
If you prepared in advance and fertilized the soil before planting, then again you will need to fertilize the strawberries themselves only in the third year after you planted them. It is worth picking berries after the dew has subsided. It should also be borne in mind that strawberries ripen unevenly and before picking them, you need to pay attention to ripeness. If the strawberry is green or white in some places and does not seem ripe enough, if it is also firm, then you should wait a couple of days before it turns red throughout the berry. From one bush of strawberries "Tsaritsa" you can get about sixty berries.
There is one nuance in this variety and it is associated with winter. At this time of the year, with few snowy winters, it is worth taking care of the shelter of our bushes. Strawberries should be covered with dense material. It can be some kind of fabric, sawdust, or a special coating for winter. Wearing a shelter can be poured with manure; this will be additional insulation for strawberries during winter. This structure should be reinforced with something, either stones or other heavy objects.