Broccoli and Strawberries Together - Knowledgebase Question

Chipley, FL
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Question by mel_morg
February 25, 1998
I've just read that strawberries shouldn't be planted with broccoli, which is what I did a couple of weeks ago. The strawberry plants are still fairly small, but I don't have anywhere to move them. Since they won't have a chance to get very large before the broccoli is ready to harvest, how much are the strawberries likly to affect the broccoli's growth? Is there anything I should do, besides planting something else there next time?

Answer from NGA
February 25, 1998
I have never heard that one and I have been gardening for a long time. I know that plants prefer to grow near certain other plants, but I have no information that broccoli and strawberries don't get along.

(One of my references states that some have said that cabbage and strawberries make poor companions, while others have no problem interplanting the two.)

Since you have them growing next to each other, and you don't have any other place for them, why don't you just leave themas they are. You can prove or disprove the theory. I don't think the strawberries will affect the broccoli--if anything, the decomposing broccoli residues might somehow affect the strawberries. Once the broccoli is finished producing, you might want to go ahead and pull it up and remove it--just in case!

I can't recall ever having broccoli and strawberries next to each other. It is too late to set strawberries in FL now, but I believe next year I will plant them next to each other just to see if the story is right.

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