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Ecological Requirements For Growing Strawberries In Kenya

Strawberries grow well at altitudes of between 1250 and 2200 metres above sea level, east of the rift valley.

They require a well-distributed rainfall of 1200mm. Less than this will need irrigation at the rate of 25mm per week.

The strawberry plant is not drought tolerant. Drip irrigation increases yields improve the size and appearance of the berries and prolongs the harvest period.

Strawberries grow in a wide range of well-drained soils, although deep sandy soils that are rich in humus are most ideal. The soil should have a good capacity of retaining moisture.

The soil drainage should be good enough to keep the water level at least 80 to 100 cm below the soil surface. Poor drainage makes strawberries weak and susceptible to diseases.

The soil PH range should be 5.5 and 6.5. Saline soils should be avoided.

The suitable strawberry growing areas in Kenya are Athi River, Kitengela, Sagana, Kinangop, Embu, Molo, Naivasha, Kericho, Kitale, Kirinyanga, Nairobi, Nyeri, Kiambu.

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