I don’t know about you but I grew up thinking strawberries only grow in places with cold weather, which means the highlands here in the Philippines. Thus, having lived in this side of the country, where the temperature can reach as high as 35 degrees Celsius in the summer months, strawberry is a high-priced commodity and picking the fruits fresh from the plant is a dream only those who can at least go to Baguio could afford.
A couple of years ago, though, I got to know a few people who have been growing strawberries in the lowlands, and they grow even under the basking heat of the sun. I was amazed how these green thumbs were able to pull it off. I was surprised to learn that strawberries do love the sunny weather. They thrive even when planted in pots and they’re easy to propagate. Oh hello, runners!
I bought two runners (baby strawberry plants) back then but my attempt to grow them by myself failed. A gardener once told me that successful planting is not about the “green thumb,” but it is about dedication and doing the trial-and-error process–if something doesn’t work, try another one. So I tried again and brought home three runners from Bacolod.
Little did I know that a bonsai gardener from Hinoba-an, Jubail Monares, was already growing them and has successfully produced fruits from his mother plant.
So to the question: Can strawberries grow in Hinoba-an?
The answer is yes. It can grow successfully under our weather condition. Proof is the photo above, Mr. Monares’ mother plant of Japanese shoga variety strawberries.
These are the runners which he successfully sold to aspiring strawberry growers here in Hinoba-an.
For the record, Mr. Jubail Monares is the first local who has successfully grown strawberries in Hinoba-an until the fruiting stage. He is originally a bonsai gardener but has also dedicated more than a year growing the berries.
Strawberries can grow in Hinoba-an, but the challenge is still up to those who have bought the runners to take care of them until they bear the most awaited fruits. 🙂