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Strawberries can be grown in a wide range of climates ranging from temperate climates to cooler positions in tropical areas; and are well suited to growing as a greenhouse crop anywhere if temperature conditions are controlled.
They are a significant large crop in many countries and a popular crop for home gardeners the world over. More than 3.5 million tonnes of strawberries were produced in 75 countries in 2005 and by 2010 the world’s top 10 producers harvested almost 3 million metric tonnes, this extended to global production of over 4.5 million tonnes by 2012; a growth of almost 13% in 5 years. Although the United States, Turkey, Spain, Mexico the Netherlands, remain amongst the top producers, other countries are steadily increasing their production with Greece and Egypt increasing their production level by over 30% between 2007 and 2014, Chile too is an emerging and increasing producer.
CHAPTER 1 INTRODUCTION: OVERVIEW, HISTORY, BOTANY AND TAXONOMY
Types of strawberry plants
Day neutral strawberry varieties
Short day strawberry varieties
Long day varieties
CHAPTER 2 CULTURE
Soils and fertiliser
Spacing plants and planting
Replacing old plants
CHAPTER 3 WAYS OF GROWING STRAWBERRIES, HARVESTING AND MARKETING TECHNIQUES
Growing strawberries organically
Organic cultivation in beds/rows
Organic cultivation in containers
Organic plant protection
Growing strawberries in containers
Harvesting large scale growers
CHAPTER 4 MANAGING PESTS, DISEASES AND OTHER PROBLEMS
CHAPTER 5 CULTIVARS
Comparing some cultivars
CHAPTER 6 USING STRAWBERRIES
Nutritional value of strawberries
Strawberry fruit punch
Summer strawberry salad
Other ways to use strawberries
Learn more about Growing Strawberries in this 76 page ebook with pictures.
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