There are many varieties of strawberries. This variety is very much loved by gardeners, because even the seedlings themselves often look very attractive: large green leaves and large roots will not leave indifferent any strawberry lover.
- Care and fertilization
Marshall strawberry differs in that its fruits are quite large, sweet and aromatic. And the yield from the bush comes out great: it's not for nothing that Marshal is considered one of the most profitable varieties. The weight of berries can reach 90 grams or more. Strawberries ripen in early June. The berries are conical in shape, and their peculiarity is that at the top they have a nose concave inward. After examining the shape of the berry, you can understand which variety it belongs to.
The advantage of the Marshal variety is that it is frost-resistant, which is most important for the colder regions of the country. In addition, Marshall strawberries are resistant to various pests and diseases.
Many summer residents prefer this particular variety, since its appearance is distinguished by abundant bright green shoots, large leaves and shoots, and a powerful root system. It is thanks to such a well-developed deciduous system that the berries are reliably hidden under their cover from birds that love to feast on strawberries. Therefore, the harvest is kept safe and sound. The bushes annually give a large number of antennae with rosettes: this species is easy to propagate. The antennae root and grow well.
During flowering, you can observe rather thick peduncles, which subsequently bend under the weight of the berries. The main ripening period for berries is mid-June. From this moment on, the bush can produce up to one kilogram of fruit. Usually the largest crop is harvested in the first year of planting. Interestingly, this variety is remarkably drought tolerant. Moreover, the yield of strawberries remains at the same level in dry and normal periods.
It is recommended to plant seedlings somewhere in the middle of summer, since in this case the plants are well accepted, and flower buds have time to form before frost.
In the fall, planting strawberries is not at all advisable, since such actions can significantly reduce the yield.
If a decision is made to plant seedlings in the spring, then you should make sure that it is cold storage.
Going directly to planting strawberries, you should make sure that the plants are at a distance of at least 14-21 cm from each other and are staggered.
Care and fertilization
Despite the fact that Marshal strawberries are drought-resistant, and also have a high resistance to pests and diseases, proper care of it will not be superfluous. Organic fertilizers are the best option for feeding strawberries.
They can be applied in May, June, as well as after harvest, in the fall. Water infusion of mullein, bird droppings are very good in spring for enriching the soil. Simultaneously with fertilization, loosening should be carried out to a depth of 5 cm. This is very beneficial for the root system of strawberries. Ideally, loosening is done after every watering, rain, and liquid fertilization. During fruiting, you need to fertilize the berry with cow dung no more than once a week.
If thinning of the shoots is observed, then this indicates a lack of such a trace element as potassium. At this time, you need to fertilize strawberries with potassium nitrate, wood ash, potassium sulfate, potassium chloride and others as soon as possible. Thanks to potassium, strawberries have an excellent taste, are well preserved and have an attractive appearance.
For Marshal strawberries, fertilizers containing nitrogen are required: ammonium nitrate and urea. These substances are usually dissolved in water.
It is best to spray with pest control during the flowering period of the plant, as well as during harvest. But it is no longer recommended to spray ripe berries, because they will go directly to food or to make jam. Therefore, do not overstretch with spraying. Using such simple recommendations will help keep strawberries from pests, as well as other negative factors and get a decent harvest in the future.
In general, caring for the Marshal variety is not difficult. You just need to be attentive to the berry: water it in a timely manner, loosen it, fertilize it, free it from dried leaves. As a rule, young strawberries require much more nutrients during growth, development and fruiting. And this also needs to be taken into account.