Perhaps it is difficult to find a person who would not like strawberries. When grown properly, the fruits are large, juicy and sweet.
- Features of Gigantella strawberry
- Disadvantages of the "giant" berry
- Benefits of Gigantella berries
- Strawberry feeding rules
- Strawberry care rules
- Strawberry disease prevention
Features of Gigantella strawberry
This wonderful berry was bred in Holland. It is attractive not only for its large fruits - the mass of one berry reaches 100 grams, but also for its dense juicy pulp, amazing rich taste, aroma with hints of pineapple, excellent transportability. Gigantella berries are very beautiful - large, bright scarlet with white speckled seeds.
Gigantella strawberry bushes are also large - they can reach up to 50 centimeters in height. That is why the optimal planting scheme is 4 bushes per square meter. This strawberry variety is very fond of the sun, therefore, you need to choose a place for planting this berry with the maximum sunlit. In one place, Gigantella can grow up to 8 years.
Disadvantages of the "giant" berry
The fruits of the Gigantella variety disappear quickly enough, unlike other varieties. It depends on the size of the fruit - the berries are very impressive in size. But this cannot be called a significant drawback, it is rather its dignity and characteristic difference.
A minor drawback of this variety is frequent watering. But you need to be careful: if you think it's time to water the bushes, check the soil with your fingers for dryness. And only after that, water in the required amount.
Benefits of Gigantella berries
The formation of flowers occurs quite early: in the middle or even at the beginning of May. The berries ripen in late May - June. That is, the fruits appear very quickly after flowering (within about two weeks). Strawberry bushes are thick, large and powerful. In diameter, they can grow up to 60 centimeters. The first berries are about 9-10 centimeters in size. The fruits are of the correct shape, without visible irregularities and incredibly tasty and sweet.
It should be noted that this particular strawberry variety is the least susceptible to diseases and lesions.
Strawberry feeding rules
- In the first year of berry growth, it is not recommended to use fertilizers containing nitrogen, as the berries can rot. In addition, nitrogen affects the rapid growth of leaves, which should not be allowed. The most optimal fertilizers for the first year of life of Gigantella strawberries are potash fertilizers (phosphorus is acceptable). These fertilizers are applied at the very beginning of spring in even portions to the soil.
- From the second year of strawberry life, you can use ammonium nitrate.
- Since the third year, superphosphate, potassium chloride, ammonium nitrate have been used in equal proportions: 100x100x100 per 10 square meters. The first part of this fertilizer is applied in the spring, remaining after the last harvest.
It is necessary to know the rules of feeding: it is imperative to carry out systemic frequent watering of the bushes during fertilization.
Strawberry care rules
As soon as the snow melted, the bushes must be processed - remove dry leaves, spray them with pesticides, and scatter onion peels over the garden bed, which will be both fertilizer and medicine for bushes and, accordingly, fruits. Then, when the strawberry grows, it is fed with complex fertilizer.
It is also necessary to properly remove diseased and dried strawberry leaves at the very beginning of its flowering. Then carry out a complete mineral dressing and spread straw or needles under the base of the bushes and around them.
After all, it is believed that pine and spruce needles serve as a good help for growing strawberries. It must be poured under the leaves, between the bushes. Such a coniferous layer contributes to the preservation of moisture in the soil, serves as both fertilizer and protection against many diseases.
In order for the strawberry bush to bear fruit perfectly, the mustache that it "lets go" must be removed in a timely manner. Of course, every gardener has his own tricks in growing one or another gardening culture. These are the nuances in growing Gigantella strawberries that have found their recognition among many.
Strawberry disease prevention
Periodically, to prevent disease, it is worth treating strawberries with horse sorrel. The suspension is prepared simply in the following way: fill a 10-liter bucket with chopped sorrel and fill it with hot water; this composition is infused for about two days. Then strain the infusion and spray the strawberry bushes.
In addition to the preventive action, such an infusion serves as an excellent fertilizer.
If you decide to grow Gigantella strawberries on your site, apply diligence and love, then she will generously reward you with beautiful, tasty and aromatic berries. It is good for jams and preserves and other seaming. But the impressive fruit of this strawberry is designed to be enjoyed fresh.