There are many different varieties of strawberries, but many gardeners give their preference to garden strawberries (strawberries) Queen Elizabeth II. A feature of this berry is its high yield throughout the warm period (from early summer to mid-autumn under good conditions). To get a rich harvest, you need to make enough efforts, since the cultivation of strawberries Queen Elizabeth II takes a long time. But as a result, any gardener will be proud of the result of their labors.
- Ripening terms
- Features of growth and care
Strawberry variety Queen Elizabeth II was bred not so long ago - in 2001. Compared to the Queen Elizabeth strawberry, this variety has a well-pronounced remontability and large fruits. It is noteworthy that for the entire season, summer residents collect 2-3 crops. The weight of one berry of the Queen Elizabeth II variety reaches an average of 40 grams. There are specimens weighing more than 100 grams.
The plant begins to bloom and bear fruit very early, thanks to the buds that form in the fall and tolerate winter frosts well. Strawberries ripen in late May or early June.
If the winters are very cold, you can insulate the beds to preserve the buds. The first berries are not large in size, as well as the last. But in July and August, they are the largest and sweetest. This time is considered the most productive.
The Queen Elizabeth II variety is quite famous. Queen Elizabeth II strawberries have one big advantage: they are very dense and strong, which is why they carry the road wonderfully, do not boil during the preparation of sweet dishes and do not sag after defrosting. Therefore, this strawberry variety is in good standing with all gardeners.
Features of growth and care
The Queen Elizabeth II strawberry bush looks very powerful. It has large leaves and many whiskers. Traditionally, reproduction takes place by mustache layering.
Due to the long flowering and fruiting, the plant requires careful maintenance. Continuous feeding with fertilizers containing nitrogen and potassium is recommended. Phosphorus is fertilized when preparing the soil for planting seedlings. In other respects, the cultivation of strawberries by Queen Elizabeth II differs little from the cultivation of other varieties.
Watering should be frequent, then the berries will be large. The soil should be mulched with humus, sawdust, straw. Organic fertilizers are also recommended. They are considered the best as they come from their natural environment. Therefore, it is difficult to overfeed strawberries with them. However, you still need to adhere to the accepted norms. So, during fruiting, you can feed the berry once a week. And the most abundant application of organic fertilizers should be during and before flowering.
When it is still far from severe frosts, strawberries should be helped to recover from fruiting. She should get stronger and grow buds, which will be fruitful next year. The first step is to remove diseased and dried leaves. Then the weak bushes need to be replaced with healthy and strong ones. And for feeding, you can use diluted fresh chicken droppings.
Summer residents and gardeners distinguish the strawberry variety Queen Elizabeth II from the rest, since its berries have good transportability, are well stored, have a sweet taste, do not deform during heat treatment and are excellent for freezing.
Strawberries Queen Elizabeth II can be grown outdoors, in a greenhouse, on your balcony. In a greenhouse, fruits ripen even faster than outside. Small subtleties in the care of Queen Elizabeth II strawberries are remembered quickly, which leads to a good harvest every season.
The older the plant, the smaller the berry. Therefore, gardeners prefer to plant new beds every autumn, since the berries of a two-year, and even more so a three-year culture, have smaller berries. The variety reproduces by rosettes that grow on a mustache.
Planting is also done between spring and autumn. However, the best time is mid-summer - July and early August. If you risk planting strawberries in the fall, then you definitely need to make a shelter for her so that she does not freeze during cold weather. It is advisable to prepare the soil a month before planting strawberries. The land needs to be fertilized with organic fertilizers, as well as mineral fertilizers like "Kemira" at the rate of 70-80 grams per 1 square meter. m. This variety is very picky about soil fertility.
Having set out to grow Queen Elizabeth II strawberries on the garden plot, it is best to purchase several seedlings in a special nursery. This way you can be sure that the berry plant will be of very good quality. And subsequently, it is traditional to practice mustache breeding.