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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Comments (55)

  • George Mutinda July 2, 2015 Reply

    Okay. say i have decided to grow the strawberries. where do i sell them??

  • peter omondi July 20, 2015 Reply

    I’m happy and wiling to plant strobbery but wheredo iI get seeds or seedlings?

  • Daniel Gor July 28, 2015 Reply

    Kindly can it grow well around Kisumu?

  • conso kwadi September 15, 2015 Reply

    Any connections in Siaya?

  • Daniel k October 25, 2015 Reply

    Advice me if i do strawberry farming where the market,

    • The Graduate Farmer October 25, 2015 Reply

      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

  • Francis Oluoch November 10, 2015 Reply

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

  • Wangari M December 15, 2015 Reply

    am interested in strawberry farming. is it advisable to farm in lari(near limuru) which is very cold.

  • Samuel Atsyaya February 1, 2016 Reply

    can strawberry grow on black cotton soil?

  • Johanna Howell March 17, 2016 Reply

    Thanks for the informative post! I am really interested in growing strawberries, but I don’t have any background about it. Greetings

  • minnie April 4, 2016 Reply

    nice…..can i do strawberry farming in my garden kitchen.

  • Vic April 5, 2016 Reply

    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.

  • Ralph okoh April 19, 2016 Reply

    Can u ship the seedlings to me from Kenyan and what’s the cost?

    • Graduate Farmer April 27, 2016 Reply

      Hello. Sorry but we do not sell the seedlings

    • john April 28, 2016 Reply

      hi guys i help farmers to plant strawberry and i sell the seedlings and plant for you,whatsapp/call 0728687401

      • Graduate Farmer April 28, 2016 Reply

        Where are you located?

      • Jimmy April 4, 2017 Reply

        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

      • Angela Wangui May 12, 2019 Reply

        Hey John, I want to start strawberry farming in my back yard. Can you please help me out.

    • Ronald mayaka February 6, 2017 Reply

      Where do u stay

  • Oscar April 20, 2016 Reply

    where can I getting the packaging punnets for strawberry fruits. I am in Eldoret

  • edwin April 21, 2016 Reply

    where can i find straw berry seedlings in eldoret

  • Bernhard A Ombele April 30, 2016 Reply

    Where can i purchase planting splits of chandler hybrid( nearest to me)? Am in Vihiga county.

  • ngelechei July 11, 2016 Reply

    good

  • budi July 24, 2016 Reply

    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?

  • stephen September 4, 2016 Reply

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

  • Pessa November 2, 2016 Reply

    Very useful info… Thanks

  • George Kariuki November 6, 2016 Reply

    Where can I get the strawberry splits in Nyeri.I also need the soil tested.

  • Wilkey November 23, 2016 Reply

    great idea I grow strawberry but I doubt the size how can get Chandler variety at Kericho

  • JOY NGANO November 25, 2016 Reply

    Which specific fungicides are used for strawberries?

  • Mary December 3, 2016 Reply

    How do I get seedlings??

  • kiboi December 5, 2016 Reply

    can i get seedlings in kitale

  • Margaret kangethe December 6, 2016 Reply

    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

  • Wacieni December 17, 2016 Reply

    How can I get the ideal seedlings for Nakuru

  • brian omondi January 5, 2017 Reply

    can strawberry farning succeed in kakamega county

  • brian omondi January 5, 2017 Reply

    can strawberry farming succeed in kakamega

  • Anastasiia February 10, 2017 Reply

    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?

  • Matthew Onguru February 22, 2017 Reply

    that’s a very good information am trying the chandler but I have problems with botryties

  • wam wam March 2, 2017 Reply

    where can I get strawberry splits in Nairobi?

  • Raymond Kahiu April 7, 2017 Reply

    that’s very useful information, where can i get a one on one training on this farming.

  • Zamzam hassan January 24, 2018 Reply

    Can strawberry farming survive in towns like Eldoret

  • Kimani Mathenge April 26, 2018 Reply

    Good job.Kudos!

  • Reflid Njeru August 6, 2018 Reply

    Good idea….!
    Starting mine soon in tharaka though worried of the market.

    • Graduate Farmer August 9, 2018 Reply

      Starting small will help you to test the market and look for suppliers.

  • James Ngugi August 15, 2018 Reply

    Hey
    My name is James.I would like to know where I can get strawberry splits.

  • Dave October 29, 2019 Reply

    Hi,

    Thank for this useful information.

    Where can I get seedlings and what are the costs?

  • VONNIES ONKOBA March 24, 2020 Reply

    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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