The common garden strawberry is a hybrid fruit growing on a small plant. Because it produces a large amount of tasty fruit in a small garden, it is a favourite of urban gardeners and potentially of spacefarers.
- High in ascorbic acid (vitamin C)
Strawberries prefer well drained sandy loam with a pH between 5.5 and 6.5 They can be cultivated from seed, although it is normally easier to allow vegetative reproduction through the stolons. Note that if the stolons are not cut off, fruit production will be reduced.
Strawberries are highly susceptible to a variety of diseases. In particular, the plant should be watered without getting the leaves too wet, or it may develop a fungal infection. For this reason, it is normally planted on a slightly raised bed and watered from the side. Stawberries infected with fungal diseases can be treated with copper compounds such as copper oxychloride.
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- J. Godbold-Simpson - Kos uit die tuin 2009. ISBN 978-1-77077-793-5 pp. 98-99