Strawberries are one of the most eagerly anticipated crops of summer, and early varieties of strawberry usually start fruiting in June.
Find out how to grow strawberries with the help of our practical strawberry Grow Guide.
If you can’t wait that long, you can encourage strawberries to flower and fruit six weeks ahead of outdoor plants by potting some up and bringing them into a cool greenhouse or conservatory.
All you need to do is keep them well lit, ventilated and watered to prevent the plants becoming leggy – and then enjoy your early harvest.
Here’s how to get an early crop of strawberries in three simple steps.
In very hot weather, it’s worth covering your strawberry plants under glass with a piece of horticultural fleece. This will stop the leaves, flowers and fruit becoming scorched.