Ecological Requirements:

Altitude: 1250 – 2200 east of the rift valley.

Temperatures:10 – 300C

Rainfall

-Well distributed 1200mm. Where rainfall is less than this irrigation is necessary at 25mm/week. The crop does not tolerate drought. Irrigation by drip increases the yields, improves the size and appearance of berries and prolongs the harvest period.

Soils:

-Grows on wide range of well drained soils. Although, deep sandy loams, rich in humus are most ideal, with good moisture retaining capacity. The drainage should be sufficient to keep the water level at least 80 – 100cm below the soil surface. Poor drainage makes the strawberries weak and susceptible to diseases..

The ideal soil pH range is 5.5 – 6.5.  Avoid saline soils.

Suitable growing areas: include Kiambu, Nyeri, Nairobi, Kirinyaga, Kitale, Kericho, Naivasha, Molo, Embu, Kinangop, Sagana, Kitengela, Athi River etc.

‘Douglas’: Californian origin.

-Precocious, vigorous plant, clear foliage and semi-erect habit. Great fruits, of elongate conical shape and orang-red colour. Firm flesh, red-coloured with pink centre, good taste and resistance to transport. High yielding.