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Strawberry farming for beginners

Before we begin there are a few things that you need to know about strawberry farming in Kenya.

Strawberry varieties in Kenya include:

  • Chandler
  • Douglas
  • Tioga selva
  • Tristar
  • Domanil
  • Rabunda
  • Pajaro
  • Tribute

Facts about strawberries

  • They are easy to grow
  • When planting strawberries you use seedlings called splits
  • They dont require a large piece of land
  • They thrive between mild and hot temperature (They do not tolerate cold weather)
  • The crop lasts for 3 years

Diseases that you need to keep a look out for are:

  • Fusarium Oxysponium
  • Botrytis
  • Fusarium Wilt

NB: Due to susceptibility to Verticillium wilt a viral disease you should avoid planting strawberries where the following crops were recently planted; Capsicum, Okra, Tomatoes, Eggplant or brinjals

Before planting you have to be equipped with the following:

  • Capital
  • Garden spades
  • Garden Trowels
  • Source of water
  • Garden Shears
  • Fungicides and Pesticides
  • Packaging materials for end product
Strawberry Seddling
Strawberry Seedling (Split)

STEP BY STEP PLANTING PROCESS

  1. You must prepare your land very well in order for you to have a healthy crop.
  2. Prepare a bed that is raised 20cm and width of 1 metre (the length depends with the number of crops you want to plant)
  3. Mix one bucket of manure per square metre into the soil.
  4. The planting holes should be 30 cm from row to row and 30 cm from plant to plant.
  5. Before planting the bed should be watered thoroughly
  6. The roots should be covered well but not to deep to prevent rotting of the stem
  7. Mulching is recommended after planting. This will help in moisture retainment and weed control.
  8. During the first month of planting the strawberries should be irrigated daily in the afternoons. After the first month is over you should irrigate 2-3 times a week.
  9. You should remove the flowers of the strawberries during the first two months to avoid premature fruit development. This will lead to stunting and poor growth of the crop.

Harvesting

  1. This is done after 21/2 months- 3 months of planting.
  2. Thinning the strawberries to 2-3 splits per crown is done every 7 months to enable it to rejuvenate and increase crop yields.
  3. Old leaves and runners are removed from the strawberries
  4. Foliar feeds can be added during the growing period to increase crop yield

Seek knowledge and training before planting strawberries is a necessary step during the planning period because any mistake made cannot be corrected until the 3 years is up.

 

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    1. Jam processing is a very good way to market strawberries. This is because it adds value to the produce and increases the shelf life. Adding value will also increase your income.

      Approach supermarkets in your area to get an order. You can then supply your produces needed.

      Fruit stalls in the urban areas are also good spelling points.

      Big hotels use strawberries for dessert and toppings

  1. I have some expertise in food processing equipment design. Can i grow strawberries and sell the final product at the same time?

  2. Hi what kind of fungicide and pesticides should be used and where can they be purchased from in Nairobi? Kindly be specific with names. Thanks a lot for the info.

      1. Hi john.I intend to plant strawberries in my greenhouse of 8m x 30m in mbeere area of Embu county.Pls advice me on the cuttings required,availability pls

  3. what is the noon and night temperature in kenya? is this strawberry planta grow at high kand where temp cooler or it grow in low land area?

  4. Thanks for useful information
    Which variety is best for kisumu and where can l get splits and what is best season for planting

  5. Am really interested in this kind of farming the strawberry. I want to start in limuru. Plz can I know u more through your number please if you dont mind.please

  6. Thank you! It`s very practical and informative instruction for growing strawberries.
    But if I live in the region where the rains are constant and the temperature reaches a maximum of 15-20 degrees. How it will affect the quality of the crop? And what ways to planting the crop you can recomend?

  7. Good people feel free to reach me via whatsapp at 0748323628. My company deals in strawberry farming and marketing for anyone interested to invest in the venture. We are located at Mumbi House in Nairobi CBD along temple road room 124B

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