Strawberries are popular fruit that grows relatively easy and produces a large amount of fruit within the first season. To learn more about planting strawberries, click here.

VARIETIES:
 June-bearers, ever bearers and day-neutrals are the three types of strawberries all of which have different flowering and harvesting times.   To learn more about these varieties, click here.

CULTIVATION:

Soil Preparation: Locate a garden bed that has full sun and well drained soils.  Soil types that strawberries grow best include loamy, sandy soils or clayey soils.  Incorporate organic matter and a balanced fertilizer into the soil before planting.  To learn more about soil preparation, click here.

Planting:

  • Get transplant and remove any dead leaves.
  • Spread out the roots of the plant, place in the planting hole.
  • Cover roots and the base of the crown with well packed soil. 
  • To learn more about specific planting instructions on each variety, click here.

 

Fertilization:  In addition to the pre-plant incorporation of fertilizer, fertilize again in the late summer.  To learn more about fertilization, click here.

Irrigation:  Strawberries have a high water demand and shallow root systems.  Irrigate thoroughly at three to five day intervals, giving the plants two inches of water per week.  Drip or trickle irrigation is recommended.  To learn more about irrigation, click here.

Harvest: Fruits should be harvested every other day after fruit is ripe.  To get the maximum shelf life, pick fruit in the morning, then refrigerate. 

COMMON PESTS AND DISEASES: The most common limiting factor for strawberries are weeds.  Continually cultivate garden and use systemic herbicides when needed.  Other plant viruses can cause problems also including crown and fruit rots.  To learn more about pests and diseases, click here.

 VIDEO'S: To watch how to plant your strawberry transplant, click here.