Tasty, juicy fruits, medium-sized bushes, a large crop does not give strawberries of any kind. Strawberry Queen Elizabeth is very popular in Europe and America. It is grown for personal consumption and sale, and it meets all these qualities. It is about her that will be discussed in the article.
Features varieties of Queen Elizabeth
Strawberries of this variety are truly royal, and it's not just the name. Variety remontantny - throughout almost the entire summer and early autumn, you can feast on fresh berries, picked from the garden.
The size of the berries 50-100g
Early variety, fruits from late spring due to the fact that strawberry outlets overwinter with already formed buds. The bush grows medium in size, not very spreading, produces many antennae.
The berries are red, juicy, the flesh is also red, only more pale than the upper glossy skin with seeds. The aroma is strong and pleasant. The size of the berries is large (50-100 g), and the shape is neat, as a rule, conical. Under favorable weather conditions (plenty of sunshine and coolness), they become more long and large.
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Strawberry Queen Elizabeth has many positive qualities. It is recommended for growing even young gardeners, because it is unpretentious and has a good immune system.
Productivity 10kg per square meter
- The berries are very tasty, sweet with a delicate texture.
- Fruits are collected from summer to autumn. Thanks to this, you can make a good preservation, eat healthy fruits, and even sell everything that remains, but a lot remains, because the variety has a high yield (10 kg per square meter).
- Already from the end of May you can feast on the first strawberry. The second stage of fruiting comes from the beginning of July, and the third comes at the end of August.
- The variety is transportable, the presentation is preserved for a long time.
Seasoned gardeners agree that this variety of strawberries is profitable to grow for personal use or sale, and yet there are several drawbacks that should be known before planting the first copies.
- Despite the winter hardiness of the Queen Elizabeth variety, it can not withstand significant temperature drops. The main reason is formed buds with which the plant overwinters. The bush itself may survive the frosts to -30 degrees, but the buds are not, and therefore there may not be a spring harvest.
- Already in the third year strawberries begin to shrink, so you need to regularly update the bed with strawberries. At the same place, it grows only 2 years, and then transplanted to another. The reason is that the plant sucks nutrients out of the ground and even abundant feedings will not correct the situation. Requires a full renewal of the soil.
- At elevated temperatures, the plant may stall in growth.
- Culture is fastidious in terms of weather and farming. If the plant is often irrigated, and even rains are not rare, the taste of the berry will become watery.
How to grow strawberries Queen Elizabeth?
Strawberry Queen Elizabeth grows in any soil, but not everywhere will produce a good harvest. Increased yield is noted only on loamy, neutral soils. For cultivation, you can use open ground or greenhouse.
Strawberries are propagated by Queen Elizabeth usually with antennae
A place for landing is chosen solar, blown from all sides. In the shade a strawberry will grow very slowly. It is recommended to plant it on agrofibre. This material not only protects the plant from frost in winter, but also warms the ground, does not allow moisture to evaporate. Strawberries grown on agrofibre fruits 1-2 weeks earlier. Although this is a purely individual choice. Many gardeners prefer agrofibre simple straw mulching.
Landing is carried out in the prepared rows. The holes are made in them, at the same distance - 30-50 cm. If the soil for the variety is not very suitable, you can prepare a fertile mixture (peat, humus, sand, ordinary earth), with which the sprout will be sprinkled.
Strawberries are propagated by Queen Elizabeth usually with antennae. The easiest way is not to cut them off and not to transplant them immediately after they appear, but to let them first take root normally, develop and only then transplant to a permanent place. If simple ground is used for cultivation without mulching or agrofibre, you can let the strawberries “walk” independently from place to place. Due to this, the bushes will multiply, be updated, bear fruit annually, and the old ones will be removed as unnecessary.
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Strawberry Queen Elizabeth is distinguished by unpretentiousness. It is not difficult to take care of it, especially if the bushes grow on agrofiber.
To get large berries you need to remove all the whiskers and extra shoots.
- Watering should be moderate. Excess moisture will have a negative impact on yield.
- Mulching and fertilization is essential for the abundant fruiting of this variety. These items can not be neglected. Otherwise, the harvest will be small. The plant simply does not have enough nutrients.
- Soil loosening is required only if there is no agrofibre on the ground. When straw mulching, loosening is rarely carried out when the straw is replaced or completely removed.
- Do not forget about the planned spraying of a crop against pests and diseases in early spring and late autumn.
If the gardener needs to get large berries, during flowering, you need to remove all the mustache and excess shoots. If it is necessary to get a strong antennae for breeding - flower stalks are removed.
The harvest of strawberries can be eaten fresh, frozen, make a tasty dish, juice, drinks, preservation, and so on.