How to Grow Strawberries in the Shade

Written by michelle hogan | 13/05/2017
How to Grow Strawberries in the Shade
Strawberry plants grown only in shade may be tarter than those grown in full sun. (Jupiterimages/Polka Dot/Getty Images)

Strawberries are a sweet and fragrant fruit to grow in the home garden. People often eat strawberries fresh or they use them in pies, preserves and other desserts. Fresh strawberries sliced and tossed with fresh, home-grown spinach make a delicious spring salad. Almost anyone can grow a few plants, either in the ground or in containers. Growing strawberries in full shade produces tart, smaller fruits, but partial shade is not usually a problem.

Select a strawberry plant variety like the Pink Panda or Alpine that thrives in sun or partial shade.

Choose a location for your strawberry plants. If a shady spot is your only option, consider planting them in a container so you can move them to sunnier spots throughout the day, or look for a place that gets at least an hour or two of sun. In places where the temperature frequently rises above 32.2 degrees Celsius, too much sun can burn the fruits and they benefit from afternoon shade. In climates where summer temperatures range between 15.5 and 26.6C, some sun exposure will help strawberries ripen and sweeten.

Fill a container or garden bed with a potting soil mixed with generous amounts of aged compost and an organic all-purpose fertiliser, to help young plants start.

Mound the soil in garden beds, as strawberries prefer well-drained soil.

Place the plants in a large, shallow hole that accommodates the roots without bending them. Cover the roots with soil, keeping the crown of the plant at soil level.

Firm the soil with your hands and water the plants thoroughly.

Things you need

  • Shovel
  • Potting soil
  • Compost
  • Organic all-purpose fertiliser
  • Containers

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