The Best Way to Water Your Strawberries

The Best Way to Water Your Strawberries

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How to water

Feel the soil: it should be a bit moist but not wet when watering your strawberries again. Squeeze a bit of soil between your fingers - if water seeps out it’s still wet. There are several ways to water Strawberries - they aren’t very picky. However, it's best to water strawberries in the morning or evening to reduce evaporation and prevent foliage burn.

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Water over the soil

  1. Pour water over the soil, using, for example, a watering can or put the plant directly under a tap

  2. Continue adding water to the pot until it starts to run out from the drainage holes

  3. If you have a tray under the pot when watering, make sure you remove all the collected water afterwards - never let your plant sit in water

  4. If you watered under a tap make sure that water has stopped running out from the bottom before putting it back

Strawberries are more susceptible to powdery mildew if they are left to dry out completely. Powdery mildew is a fungal disease that thrives in dry conditions, so proper watering techniques can reduce the risk of powdery mildew.  — Planta tip

Bottom watering

  1. Fill the plant tray with water

  2. Make sure the soil is in contact with the water on the tray

  3. Wait for about 10 minutes

  4. Feel the soil to see if it absorbed enough water —> if the soil is moist throughout, remove any excess water from the tray

  5. If it’s still dry —> add more water to the tray

  6. Wait 20 more minutes before removing the excess


Bottom watering will not wash away salts and other minerals from the soil, so make sure to also give water over the soil every now and then.

Water bath

  1. Fill a bucket or any other vessel with lukewarm water

  2. Lower the whole pot down in the water, stop where the stem of the plant starts. Make sure all of the soil is under water

  3. The water will now start to bubble - wait until it stopped

  4. Lift the pot up and let the excess drain off

  5. Put your plant back in the cachepot or on the tray

  6. After 1 hour, check that your plant isn’t standing in water, if it is it might get overwatered and rot

Strawberries prefer to be watered at the base of the plant, or on the soil, rather than from overhead. Overhead watering can increase the risk of disease, as moisture on the leaves and fruit can promote the growth of fungal infections. — Planta tip