The sweet taste of strawberries makes growing strawberry plants very alluring. Eaten fresh off the plant or turned into baked goods and jams, the strawberry fruit has many uses. There are two main types of strawberry plants, June bearing and day-neutral. A June-bearing strawberry plant grows larger and has more fruit than a day-neutral. Day-neutral will produce small sweeter berries for the duration of the growing season. For home and commercial growers, June-bearing strawberry plants have been found to be popular to produce large quantities of fruit.
Care For Strawberry Plants
Grow strawberries in full sun. The roots prefer well-drained soil that is full of nutrition. To avoid verticillium wilt, don’t plant strawberries in any soil that once grew host plants for the disease (potatoes, eggplant, peppers and tomatoes. ) A soil-born fungus that attacks strawberry plants, verticillium wilt will kill the plants and has no known treatment once it is introduced into the soil.
Strawberries need a well balanced fertilizer that has equal portions of nitrogen, phosphorous and potassium (N-P-K.) Nitrogen encourages plant growth to produce healthy foliage. Phosphorous is essential for flower and fruit production. Potassium helps plants overall with increased root growth and photosynthesis functions. A fertilizer ratio of 10-10-10 is sufficient for strawberry plants. Apply one pound per 100 square feet every season after harvesting.
Strawberry plants have a short life expectancy as a perennial. They usually stay productive for about 3 years. For June bearing strawberries, the length that the plant will live can be extended by a process called renovating. After harvesting a June-bearing strawberry plant, it is time to prepare the plants for the next season. Remove the old foliage and runners by mowing them down. Don’t disturb the crown of the plants, keep the leaves at least 1 inch above the crowns. Space and thin the strawberry plants so there are 6 inches between each plant. Fertilize and water the remaining plants. Continue to water with one watering season each week. One inch of water per week will help the plants regrow with new healthy foliage.
The strawberry crowns will benefit from being protected from freezing temperatures. In areas where the temperature drops below 20 degrees F, use a mulch to cover the plants, 3-4 inches deep. Push back the mulch from the crown of the plant in the spring. Leave the mulch near the leaves to protect against frost. When all danger of frost is gone, make sure the leaves and plants are free from the mulch.
Recommended Strawberry Seeds
1. Everbearing Ozark Beauty Strawberry Plants 20 Bare Root Plants
- EVERBEARING STRAWBERRY - a producer of sweet red fruits and can be grown in your very own garden. Easy to care and grow as long as provided with enough grow conditions.
- GROWING STRAWBERRY - Full sun should be considered. Well-drained or sandy soil is preferable for them and doesn't plant in the soil where tomatoes or potatoes has already grown. Plant your strawberry and let the crown stay above the soil as burying them can cause it in rotting. Irrigate enough water to keep it moist, do not over water. Fertilize every 2 weeks.
- TAKING CARE OF STRAWBERRY - Space your plant about 10'' inches apart and eliminate daughter plants. The first and second generation tend to produce higher yields. Keep your plant moisture. Be attentive to unwanted weeds that can invade your strawberry plant. Use row covers to protect the blossoms and fruits from birds and other predators.
- HARVESTING STRAWBERRY - Your sweet strawberry fruit will be good to harvest within 4-6 weeks after blossoming. Harvest ONLY the ripe ones which are usually red in color and give a 3 days space before picking the left fruits. Harvest season usually lasts for 3 weeks and the strawberry fruit that you harvested can last up to 2 months if keep in frozen
- Homegrown by 9GreenBox
2. David’s Garden Seeds Fruit Strawberry Alexandria
- Red ripe strawberries in 2nd year
- Seeds are Non-GMO, hard to germinate and hand packed by David's Garden Seeds in the United States
- Alpine strawberries from seedbbage-like delicious leaves
- Non-GMO Seeds
- Hand packed by David's Garden Seeds in the USA
3. Hirts Evie Everbearing Strawberry Plants
- You will receive healthy bare root plants. We always send extra plants. We want to make sure you are completely satisfied.
- You will see growth within 3 days. The most importan part of planting these plants is to make sure you have at least 30% sand mixed into the soil.
- Strawberry plants need three things: 1. Any soil but at least 30% sand needs to be added and mixed well. The sand is the most important part and without it they will die: the soil needs to be well draining and 30 percent sand needs to be mixed thoroughly and plant on a mound six inches apart. I will send a picture 2. The plant can soak in water for an hour and then plant. Crowns need to place above the soil where you see a little root. 3
- When planting in towers make sure you add at least 30% sand mixed into the soil really well. Then make sure the drain whole doesn't get clogged by adding stones or a screen mess of some sort then put mixed soil on top. Pack each layer tightly, on all the wholes make sure to add more dirt to have a cone shape that is higher than the whole. When placing the roots you can cut them to 2.5 inches in length and put into to cones you created. Make sure you see a little root when placing