As a large greenhouse construction company in Kenya, we train our farmers on how to grow strawberries in a greenhouse. This is both in a tunnel type or vented type greenhouse structures. We provide detailed manuals for all our first time farmers venturing into this commercially. It is for both small, and large scale greenhouse commercial farmers. These manuals cover in details the technicalities of how to grow strawberry in a greenhouse.
How To Grow Strawberry In A Greenhouse
Steps to follow
- Sucker. Select suckers from a reputable seed supplier. This is the most important step because the right sucker ensures the right yield.
- Choice of greenhouse type, and size. Depending on your location choose your greenhouse type accordingly. This will either be a tunnel type, or vented type. The size of the greenhouse is to your plant population, and budget
- Planting bed preparation. Your strawberry crop will yield for two and a half years to three year. Before making your planting beds, create a sufficient food bank beneath to last the crop for a long time. Your beds will be 1M wide, by 0.3M high, running along or across the greenhouse.
- Soil fertilisation. Conduct a soil test and study the results. Work the soil according to the manure and/ or fertiliser regime from the soil test results.
- Planting. Space your crop 0.6M x 0.3M . So one planting bed will carry 2 rows of crop, hence 2 drip lines. At planting, your seedlings are 4-6 weeks old
- Training. All Grekkon Limited’s greenhouses designed for strawberry or herbs and spices growing do not have a crop support system. This is because these are short crops that do not require any training.
Irrigation is through a drip system
- Irrigate before crop establishment so that your planting beds are moist enough
- Irrigate according to crop water needs. This is to avoid over or under- irrigation. Two inches of water per week is enough
Mulch your strawberry crop using white or silver on black using a plastic mulch paper. It keeps your yield clean, conserves water, and suppresses weeds.