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Strawberries (Fragaria moschata or Fragaria elatior) - a berry that is loved by almost everyone. To date, many completely different varieties of strawberries have been developed, differing in the size of the bush, the palatability of the fruit, and other characteristics. Choosing the best variety is not easy, if at all possible. Among the leaders in breeding strawberries "Gigantella" (Fragaria ananassa Gigantella).
General description of the variety
Dutch breeders bred strawberries of this variety. The main feature of the plant is high yield and very large fruits. However, in order to get the berries of the dimensions declared by the breeders, it will be necessary to provide the plants with careful care.
The Gigantella bush is very powerful, up to half a meter high, with a diameter of up to 0.6 m. The leaves are green, large, fruits with large seeds, very large, weighing up to 100 g. The berries are very tasty, and the plant itself is highly frost-resistant. In our country, the variety presented is widespread. It is unpretentious, and subject to the rules of agricultural technology, you can get up to 3 kg of berries from the bush - this bribes gardeners. Gigantella breeds very quickly, mainly with a mustache, but it is also often grown from seeds.
Features of growing strawberries from seeds "Gigantella" is often propagated by seeds, since the variety is considered to be elite. Germination is carried out in February-March. The soil for seeds should be prepared as follows: 5 parts of humus and 3 parts of sand are taken. They are heated in the oven at a temperature equal to 100 degrees, and then planted in the ground. Carry out easy watering and compact. Sprinkle seeds on top with a small layer of snow, and then put in a cold place. Next, the crops are moved to a warm place (+22 degrees). After the formation of a pair of real leaves, the seedlings dive, while the ambient temperature should reach +15 degrees.
In open ground, seedlings are planted in early May, placing 4 bushes per square meter. In the first year after planting, fertilizers are not applied to the ground, but irrigation is carried out regularly.
If the gardener wants to get a full crop in the first year, then you should use the first two rosettes of the Gigantella mustache for propagation. Sockets of the next order will bear fruit only after a year along with the rest. Strawberry bushes need to be provided with sufficient space, which means they need to be planted at a distance of about 40 cm.
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Dates and scheme of planting seedlings
Planting strawberry seedlings should be done in the right place. The best option is an open, illuminated area with rested fertile land. It is best to plant strawberry seedlings in the spring or in August, in carefully prepared, moist, fertilized soil. To enrich the soil, humus, peat, compost, ash and fertilizers purchased in specialized stores are suitable.
Seedlings are best established in the ground when planting in the evening. The sun can easily burn still weak plants. The bush will take root faster and easier if you leave no more than three leaves on it, and pinch the longest root.
The cultivation of Gigantella has one more nuance: the contact of freshly planted strawberries with a mustache of a different variety should be excluded. For the best strengthening of the bushes, the first peduncles must be removed.
How to care for landings
Timely and sufficient watering is one of the main factors for good berry crop productivity. The plant does not need to be flooded excessively. Berries in this case will not be sweet, but watery. Care for wild strawberries lies in the fact that the soil should be regularly weeded, mulched and loosened. Yellowed or dried leaves need to be torn off. All these manipulations must be performed after fruiting, thereby preparing strawberries for winter.
Simple Strawberry Protection Tips
Marigolds can be planted in the beds with "Gigantella" (Tagetes) and marigolds (Calendula officinalis). These plants protect strawberries well from nematodes and powdery mildew. Calendula rescues from the development of fungal diseases (and marigolds aren't calendula? Or does this mean a calendula of a different sort?). In the fall, protective plants are simply cut off, leaving the roots. Another useful neighbor for strawberries is parsley (Petroselinum). A culture planted between rows will scare away slugs.
Do not forget that strawberries must be transplanted every 4-5 years. After it, the soil is greatly depleted. Carrots (Daucus), beans (Phaséolus), pumpkin (Cucurbita), and nightshade restore soil fertility.
The opinion of gardeners
Reviews gardeners about the "Gigantella" positive. The unique taste and large size of this strawberry cannot be appreciated. Juicy red berries do not leave anyone indifferent. No wonder, because the ripened fruit is the size of a palm! The only minus of strawberries is allergy to it.
Strawberry "Gigantella" is useful for both adults and children, and if grown according to agricultural requirements, it develops well. Plant health and productivity depend primarily on the quality of planting material. Usually, the variety is well established in the garden plots of central Russia, and its fruits perfectly tolerate transportation.
How to plant strawberries
If you perform all the necessary agricultural techniques, grow a "Gigantella" will not only be experienced gardener, but also a beginner. Proper care of the berry crop will provide the whole family with a rich strawberry crop.