I have an area that has now been fenced to keep the doggies out. It was just grass, but last fall we transplanted a few rosebushes and a raspberry bush here. I was thinking that I might be able to move my strawberry plants into this area this year.
Can strawberries live with roses?
Sorry to rain on your parade. The question is do you want your strawberry plants to produce strawberries or your roses to actually bloom? – because you can’t have both. Actually from a disease standpoint there’s no problem. Ph is where the rub comes in. Strawberries like a 4.8 to 5.2 Ph, and Roses require a neutral 6.5 to 7.0 Ph. Strawberries are going to really struggle at 6.5 and production will be minimal. The lowest Ph recommended for Roses is 5.5, and at that acidity they are really going to struggle. Under 5.5 and roses will have difficulty taking up phosphorous and other nutrients. This will cause under-developed blooms, yellowing of leaves, then browning and eventually death. At 6.0, strawberry production really starts to drop, and at 7.0, they stop producing. Whether you try to grow them together depends upon how close you can hold Ph at 5.5. With the cost involved in holding it there (Ph strips are Pricey), plus with the amount of work involved, I would not recommend it.
With the pH requirement, it sounds like blueberries would be a perfect companion planting …
Thanks, hotwired! I appreciate the info. That’s exactly why I asked before I did. Novel approach, huh? For me it usually is. So I’ll look for something else to plant among the roses!
@DirtGently…. I have 13 Blueberries bushes bordering my strawberry patch. Blueberries like a Ph of 5.0 to 5.5. Raspberries will produce at Ph levels up to 7.5, but do best at 5.5 to 6.0,
ah.. I was wondering the same thing when I read Snelrish’s post.. hotwired to the rescue again, thanks..
I’ve read that onions are a good companion for strawberries. I have them planted together right now. If I find out why they are good together or I see something that I at least interpret as a positive outcome of them being together, I’ll let post it later..
Onions are sensitive to highly acid soils and grow best when the pH is between 6.2 and 6.8. At 6.5, Strawberries pretty much start shutting down berry production. I’m not sure what your soil Ph is, but I would guess that One or the other would have a problem. Companion planting is primarily about compatible Ph and avoiding plants that share common diseases.
I’m lucky to have a soil pH of 6.2, so my onions and strawberries both seem quite happy to live together in it.
I might, in theory, be able to get more strawberries if I moved them away from the onions and acidified the strawberries’ soil some more, but in my experience, when I don’t interplant them with onions or society garlic, I lose most of my berries (and even the occasional plant!) to mice. :/
So, I’m not too picky about how many berries I get, just glad to finally get at least a few per plant— and glad the mice no longer eat my strawberry plants.
I’ve got 3500 plants and with the amount of work it takes to maintain that many, I want maximum production. I hold Ph as close to 5.0 as I can and make sure the runners are clipped. Last summer with 2300 producing plants, I think I harvested well over 1200 pounds, but I got busy and lost track after 800 pounds. I grow strawberries to trade for potatoes, onions, apples, peaches, and blueberries. I’m shooting for vegetable and fruit self-sufficiency. Next fall I’ll be growing tomatoes, lettuce, and herbs in the greenhouse, so I hope to be totally self-sufficient for fruits and vegetables. For me I try to keep Ph optimum for each plant, and maximize every square inch of space.