Strawberry Plants Grown in India

strawberry plants grown in indiaStrawberry plants are famously temperate.  They do not grow in extreme heat and have tremendous difficulty growing in regions of the world that do not provide the climatic conditions needed for their happiness.  Both tropical and sub-tropical regions will not provide the environment necessary for growing strawberries that result in a strawberry harvest.

But, we humans are an industrial bunch.  We can fly in planes that go faster than the speed of sound.  We can go to the moon.  Why can’t we grow strawberries in hot areas of the globe?  Well, the industrious people of Bihar, India, have put their technological and industrial skill to work and have successfully grown a crop of commercial strawberries in their sub-tropical region.

Strawberry Plants in India

Until the year 2010, strawberry plants had not been grown successfully in sub-tropical India.  India, the world’s second most-populous nation with well-over a billion people, was mostly unable to see strawberries grown locally.  In 2010, however, that changed.  Strawberries were cultivated by three institutions of learning: Bihar Acricultural University, Sabour (Bhagalpur district), Tirhut College of Agriculture, Kholi (Muzaffarpur district), and Rajendra Agricultural University, Pusa (Samastipur district).

Production of Indian Strawberry Plants

The three locations produced about 300 kilograms of strawberries (over 661 pounds).  Due to the high cost of producing strawberries where they do not like to grow, the Bihar government subsidized the three institutions to the tune of 1,800,000 rupees (about $39,500).  With the government money, the group developed a protective laboratory for the production of strawberries and other high-value crops called Polyhouse.  Polyhouse allows agricultural and climatic conditions to be controlled so that the produce can be grown.  Specifically, strawberry plants need cold conditions throughout parts of the year, high humidity levels, open and circulating air, and raised beds in order to flourish.

Growing Strawberries in India: Details

Strawberry plants will not grow naturally in most parts of India.  So, the researchers who undertook this strawberry experiment had several obstacles to overcome.  First, they had to find strawberry varieties that could grow in less-than-temperate conditions.  After researching various varieties, the determination was made that the cultivars Cherry Blossom, Festival, and Sweet Charlie would be best suited for growing in Bihar.  Additionally, Indian children do not grow up growing strawberries or picking strawberries.  Consequently, farmers must be trained and taught about growing the plants during the strawberry season, which begins in November and runs through harvest in February.

Strawberry Plants Grown in India: Conclusion

As technology increases the productive capability of humans, more and more good things can be shared and produced.  Growing strawberry plants in India will help expand both the nutritional options and quality of life available to the billion-plus people who live there.  The development of Polyhouse and the successful crop of 2010 strawberries in India may just signal a new era of strawberry passion proliferation into one of the most populous regions of the world.  Hooray!  For those interested in growing strawberries in India, you can find more information here.

34 comments to Strawberry Plants Grown in India

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Venki,
    Unfortunately, I am not very familiar with the geography or climatic requirements in India. If you do discover answers to your questions, however, please come back and let us all know! Good luck!

  • Venki

    Hi
    Your blog is great! Lots of info, I am in b’lore, I am growing a s.berry plant in my home, just started with fruits developing,
    1. Apart from mahabaleshwar/b’lore is there any other place in south India it is grown?
    2. Is there any NGO or horticulture dept that conducts a training program fr growing s.berry plants ?
    3. I need to visit a farm, you know any place that you cn refer ?
    Thanks

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Ravinder Dhillon,
    Start here: How to Grow Strawberries. Good luck!

  • Ravinder Dhillon

    Hi Dear,

    I want to grow straw berry so pls introduce me regarding this like how to grow,regarding plants means we cal grow or need to buy from where regarding fertilizer.

    Thaks & regards
    Ravinder Singh

  • Straw Berry

    Strawberry girl,
    I am not familiar with the climate in Bhimtal. You may want to review the material on the growing strawberries reference page. If you can do it according to the directions provided, they should grow acceptably. I am not certain what strawberry varieties are available in India, but you can peruse some of the ones available for retail purchase on the Buy Strawberry Plants directory. Some of those companies might be willing to ship to you if it is permitted by your customs officials. Good luck!

  • Strawberry girl

    Hello
    Where can i buy strawberry plants and will they do well in Bhimtal?
    Thanks
    Ambika

  • Mr. Strawberry

    StrawberryLove,
    I am not familiar with the climate of Hyderabad, but you can give it a try! I’d recommend trying to locate a supplier of plants, though, as the non-hybrid varieties that will grow true from seed are often less heat tolerant. Good luck!

  • StrawberryLove

    Hi Sir,

    I grew up in America all my life and my passion for strawberries is ineffable. I recently moved to Hyderabad and have a mid sized, sun-capturing, not to mention free from traffic and serene balcony. I have begun my own little gardening. Now imagine to my delight when I discovered this website. Since it is quite impossible to get palate satisfying strawberries that don’t tear a hole through your wallet, I would truly be the most happiest person if you could guide me as to whether or not my location and climate would be sufficient to grow perhaps a tub of strawberries. And if so, could me guide me as to where and how I can find the necessary equipment and seeds…I would be ever so grateful.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Ankur Singh,
    If you are starting plants from seed, you may want to consider starting them indoors while it is still cool, and then planting them outside (after hardening them), in the spring. That will give them the best opportunity to thrive. It also mirrors the natural cycle of strawberry plants growing wild from seed. If you are going to be planting plug or bare-root plants, it is usually best to plant those more developed plants in the fall. Strawberry plants do require a moderate, temperate climate to perform optimally. Good luck!

  • Ankur Singh

    Hi,
    I’ve attained strawberry seeds of the alpine variety and although I’ve researched a good bit on how to germinate them I’m still unsure what is the best time of year to plant them in my home town of Dehradun and exactly how successful can I be in this climate. During the hot summer I have the option of sending these potted plants up to Mossourie which remains cool (<30`C). Please advise… much obliged.

  • Manojkumar

    Dear Sir,
    Actually I am doing runner plant production for own fruit-production farm, but we have some extra plants with us that I want to sale. varieties like Sweetcharlie & Winterdawn. My contact no. is 917769872107

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Manojkumar,
    What is your contact information? Also, what is your website, and what are the varieties you offer?

  • Manojkumar

    I am the supplier of strawberry runner plants all over India (hydroponic tray plants). if anybody want plants and cultivation practices details, I can able to give related info.

    Manojkumar

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Santosh,
    I’m not sure of your climate. However you can get seeds on this page, and help with growing them here. Good luck!

  • Santosh

    Dear Sir,
    Can i grow Strawberries in Odisha Climate?
    What are the procedures?
    Where can i get Seeds?
    thanks

  • Mr. Strawberry

    prashant,
    It might be possible to grow strawberries with that temperature range if soil conditions, etc. are adequate. Go here for information on seeds: Strawberry Seeds. And, go here to contact suppliers for buying: Buy Strawberry Seeds. Good luck!

  • prashant

    Looking for growing strawberry in patna this winter. the average temp. during winter season remains at 10 degree C to 25 degree C. is this temp. accurate to grow strawberry in patna. also if you suggest where the seeds can be sourced and how to go for germination.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    ajay,
    That is difficult to do at that temperature. Strawberries are temperate by nature and prefer cooler weather. You will likely need to have it in some sort of air-conditioned or controlled-climate location to keep the heat from killing the plants. Good luck!

  • ajay

    how can one save potted strawberry plants in summer… temperature upto 46C

  • Mukund

    Strawberry have been grown in Meerut District since 1970′s. I have been eating then since my birth.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Sanjeev,
    I am not aware of any major strawberry successes in your area. The temperatures there could pose a problem. Strawberries are temperate plants and prefer slightly cooler weather. Some, however, might be able to do well. You may want to contact someone in the agricultural department/s of your government for specific advice about the feasibility of profitable strawberry cultivation in your area. Good luck!

  • Sanjeev

    Myself is Sanjeev Patil and i am into farming since 5 years. Have the experience of vegitable cultivation. Now i am planning to have strawberry project at Bijapur, karnataka state in the month of August 2013 and the temperature ranges between 25 to 35 degrees at that time. Is there any success stories in India grown with above parameters. THANKS

  • Mr. Strawberry

    abhishek bhagat,
    Those topics are covered on the Growing Strawberries page. Good luck!

  • abhishek bhagat

    i just want to ask the techniques to grow,i mean soil related techniques which kind of soil are good suited for strawberry and the season.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Manoj,
    If your climate is temperate, strawberry plants should do well. As to guiding you, start here: Growing Strawberries. Good luck!

  • Manoj JP

    Hi All and Mr.Strawderry,

    I am Manoj, I work for Microsoft as Senior Tech Rep. ( Team Manger). And I am 25 year old.

    I have my land in my home town ( Karnataka) , nothing is grown except Coconut. But as I am into IT, I am not sure about my job and I cannot lead my life by only depending on my salary, so I have decided to grow some economical and short term fruits that are grown overseas. When I surf Google I got your blog. In my state though out the year there will be moderate climate. So can i grow fruits which belongs to berry family.

    Guide Me..!

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Ravi,
    Start here: Growing Strawberries. Pay special attention to the links at the bottom of the page under the “More” section. There are several articles there about growing strawberries commercially, which is what it sounds like you wish to do. Good luck!

  • Ravi singh

    Hello sir , I am from india , i want to grow the strawberry in my farm of 10 acres . i really want to know about the whole process of strawberry farming .
    pls sir guide me

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Rahul,
    I’m not sure what you can inject to improve plant health. However, you can apply fertilizer to soil to encourage growth. See this page for more details: Growing Strawberries. Good luck!

  • Rahul

    Hello Mr. Strawberry, I am growing two red berry plants in my back yard. I need to inject those plants with something which will help to increase the yeild and quality.Can you guide me ?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Aniket,
    As for importation regulations for strawberry plants into India, check with your nation’s customs office. They will be able to give guidance. As far as shipping them there, this might be helpful: Shipping Strawberry Plants. As for the technical details about cultivation and care of strawberries, that is what this site is about! Use the links at the left of this page, or the search box at the top right, and you will have access to the information you need. Good luck!

  • Aniket Paramane

    Sir, i’m strawberry grower. I need to know from where the strawberry plants import and all about technical strawberry cultivation and care. Help me by providing useful link.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    P.R.,
    StrawberryPlants.org does not sell any plants or seeds directly. Instead, we link to retailers who do. We don’t have any distributors in Africa, but you can check with the nurseries that offer Strawberry Plants for Sale or Strawberry Seeds for Sale to see if any of them can ship to you. Good luck!

  • P.R. van der Lende

    Dear sirs
    I read this article with great interest and am searching for some help to grow my own strawberry’s here now in west Africa but the temperature is a bit of a challenge aswel getting the seeds

    I hope there’s some out there that is able to help me out with this?

    Yours sincerely Patrick

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