Plant Care California Strawberry

California Strawberry

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About California Strawberry

Did you know strawberries aren't true fruits? In fact, their seeds are the 'true fruits' of this popular snack! 🍓 There's some debate about where the name comes from, but a popular theory is that the plants seem to be "strewn" about, growing runners along the soil. Wherever their name comes from, the word strawberry has been part of the English language for over a millenium, and these juicy fruits are now used in everything from sodas, to candies, to medicine!

Taxonomy

Fragaria vesca
Fragaria
Rosaceae
Rosales

Also known as

Wild Strawberry, Woodland Strawberry, Alpine Strawberry, Carpathian Strawberry, European Strawberry and Fraisier des bois

How to care for California Strawberry

💦 Water

How often to water your California Strawberry

Water needs for California Strawberry
0.5 cups
every 9

California Strawberry needs 0.5 cups of water every 9 when it doesn’t get direct sunlight and is potted in a 5" pot.

Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

Calculate water needs of California Strawberry

Water 0.5 cups every
9

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5"
☀️ Light

Finding light for California Strawberry in your home

Light needs and placement for plant California Strawberry: 1ft from a window
1ft or less from
a window

California Strawberry love being close to bright, sunny windows 😎.

Place it less than 1ft from a south-facing window to maximize the potential for growth.

California Strawberry does not tolerate low-light 🚫.

Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement of California Strawberry in your home 🏡.

🪴 Nutrients

How to fertilize California Strawberry

Nutrient, fertilizer, and repotting needs for California Strawberry: repot after 2X growth

Most potting soils come with ample nutrients which plants use to produce new growth.

By the time your plant has depleted the nutrients in its soil it’s likely grown enough to need a larger pot anyway.

To replenish this plant's nutrients, repot your California Strawberry after it doubles in size or once a year—whichever comes first.

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💡 FAQs
⭐ Difficulty Level

California Strawberry can be challenging to care for, according to some plant parents. Check out the reviews down below to learn from their experiences!

Benefits of Growing California Strawberry →

Common California Strawberry Problems →


💦 Water Needs

California Strawberry prefers for the soil to dry out between waterings and should be watered regularly. Use our water calculator to personalize watering recommendations to your environment or download Greg for more advanced recommendations for all of your plants.

California Strawberry Water Frequency →


☀️ Sunlight Needs

California Strawberry requires abundant, bright and direct light. Place it less than one foot from a window to ensure it receives enough light to survive 💪. Select your region to see how the current weather in your area affects the placement in your home 🏡.

California Strawberry Light Requirements →

California Strawberry Direct Sunlight Needs & Tolerance →


🐶 🐈 👶 Toxicity

California Strawberry is not known to cause harm to humans or pets. Regardless, if you, a family member, a cat, or dog has ingested any plant material, please consult a doctor or a veterinarian.

California Strawberry Toxicity to Humans →


💨 Humidity

California Strawberry doesn’t require additional humidity. Plants absorb most water through their root system rather than their leaves, so the best way to provide humidity for your plants is through watering the soil.

California Strawberry Humidity Needs →


🪴 Soil

California Strawberry does best in well-draining soil. A good soil will contain lots of organic matter such as coco coir as well as perlite or vermiculite to help with drainage. Adding a handful of perlite to regular store-bought potting soil should do the trick!

Best Soil Mix for California Strawberry →

When and How to Successfully Repot California Strawberry →


💩 Fertilizer

California Strawberry should be repotted after it doubles in size or once a year, whichever comes first. Fresh potting soil has all the nutrients your plant needs, so as long as it’s refreshed yearly, you shouldn’t need to use fertilizer. Remember, plants get their energy from sunlight, not fertilizer!

How Much and When to Fertilize California Strawberry →


🌎 Native Region

California Strawberry is native to Temperate Northern Hemisphere and Southern South America.


🌸 Flowers

Yes, you may see your California Strawberry bloom with the right amount of sunlight and water.

California Strawberry Flowers →


⬆️ ⬇️ Growth Pattern

California Strawberry grows vertically and new growth will emerge from the top of the plant.


🌦️ Growing Outdoors

USDA Hardiness Zone
California Strawberry can be grown outdoors in USDA Hardiness Zones 5a-9b. Find your local hardiness zone here.

California Strawberry Temperature Tolerance →


🌱 Propagation

The seeds of California Strawberry can be used to grow new plants! After your plant flowers, any seeds that formed can be collected and germinated in potting soil.


🍂 Yellow Leaves

Yellow leaves aren’t always a reason to panic, and can be a normal part of a plant’s life cycle. Unless brand new leaves are turning yellow or all the leaves change color at once, it’s likely just your plant shedding old leaves.

Overwatering and root rot are the most likely cause of problems in California Strawberry, since they are sensitive to wet soil. The leaves may also appear to be curling or drooping. Less often, yellow leaves are caused by underwatering, nutrient deficiencies, or pests.

Replace soggy soil with fresh, dry soil and download Greg to make sure your plant never gets overwatered again!


🧐 Troubleshooting

When troubleshooting a sad-looking houseplant, start by checking for signs of distress in its leaves, such as yellowing, browning, or drooping, which can indicate overwatering or nutrient deficiencies.

Inspect the soil moisture; too dry or too wet soil can cause problems.

Ensure the plant is getting the right amount of light, as too much or too little can stress it.

Finally, consider environmental factors like temperature and humidity, and adjust care routines accordingly to revive your plant.


Care Summary for California Strawberry

California Strawberry

California Strawberry


Greg recommends:

Water

0.5 cups every 9 days

Placement

< 1ft from a window

Nutrients

Repot after 2x growth

Based on the 4” pot your plant is in, and that it doesn’t get direct sunlight.

What other plant parents say

California Strawberry has a Fast grower plant personality Fast grower 17
California Strawberry has a Survivor plant personality Survivor 14
California Strawberry has a Blooms easily plant personality Blooms easily 11
California Strawberry has a Browns easily plant personality Browns easily 9
California Strawberry has a Large, lush leaves plant personality Large, lush leaves 6
California Strawberry has a Pest magnet plant personality Pest magnet 5
California Strawberry has a Easy to propagate plant personality Easy to propagate 4
@cjanewithplants avatar
@@cjanewithplants
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 1,187 XP
12/18/2021

I love my strawberry plant and when the little white flowers grow from them. She grows so fast and easily quadrupled in size over the span of summer and fall this year. only thing is my strawberries got overrun with slugs (beer in a cup is a great trap if this happens) and these plants are really bug prone. but this is my favorite fruit so i will always love these plants <3 🍓🌱🪴

Fast grower Fast grower
Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@emlandd avatar
@@emlandd
leaf-1 11 Plants
xp 466 XP
globe Sherwood Park, Alberta
06/22/2021

Little bit of a finicky plant, needs frequent watering when growing, but is not that hard with some TLC! Mine sits outside in direct sunlight and as long as they’re watered and have ample dirt they’re happy.

Easy to propagate Easy to propagate
Browns easily Browns easily
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
@Brianchartrand avatar
@@Brianchartrand
leaf-1 27 Plants
xp 812 XP
05/31/2021

I love these plants. They are perennial and survive heavy frost and still manage to bloom and create strawberries.

Fast grower Fast grower
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
Dayana avatar
@Dayana
leaf-1 16 Plants
xp 297 XP
globe Sofia, Sofia City Province
05/26/2021

And it taste good 🍓

Fast grower Fast grower
@Rockladyj avatar
@@Rockladyj
leaf-1 31 Plants
xp 2,419 XP
05/24/2021

Very tasty fruit!!!

Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily
Survivor Survivor
@Grapeface avatar
@@Grapeface
leaf-1 4 Plants
xp 134 XP
05/22/2021

I’m not sure why but my strawberry plant seems to die very easily! Embarrassing as it is, when I first got her I was so excited and she eventually got up to 11 blooms; however after this, she would keep dying and coming back... Always surrounded by flies, mushrooms growing in the soil... not sure what to do! Any advice?

Pest magnet Pest magnet
Browns easily Browns easily
@hannahturtle avatar
@@hannahturtle
leaf-1 3 Plants
xp 220 XP
05/16/2021

It’s so easy to take care of!! Plus it grows strawberries really fast! :)

@markayler avatar
@@markayler
leaf-1 1 Plants
xp 251 XP
globe Washington, DC
04/24/2021

It grows fast and efficiently and i got bonus flowers

Fast grower Fast grower
Large, lush leaves Large, lush leaves
Blooms easily Blooms easily

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