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How To Grow Strawberries

Mar 24, 2018

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How To Grow Strawberries

Plant strawberries in full sun in a warm area.  A south facing slope is an ideal site.  Avoid low lying areas where spring frost can damage early blossoms.

Strawberries need well drained soil to prevent rot.  If your drainage is not excellent, consider growing strawberries in raised beds.  Prepare the soil by digging in plenty of Carpinito Brothers Organic Compost and Steer or Chicken Manure.  Strawberries are shallow rooted so the prepared area only needs to be 8 – 12 inches deep.   Also, because they are shallow rooted it is important to keep the area free of weeds that will compete for nutrients.  To help retain water near the surface, mulch a two-inch layer of organic mulch around the strawberry plants.

Use a 14-14-14 Osmocote in the spring according to label directions.  Top dress with compost in the fall.

Prepare bare root strawberries for planting by cutting roots with scissors to a length of 4 inches.  If the plants have leaves, pull off all but two or three of the youngest ones on each plant.

It is important to plant at the right depth.  The roots should be completely covered and the crown completely above ground.

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THE PEAK PRODUCTION METHOD: 

Plant 1/3 of the bed with the new plants in even rows.  Remove all flowers and runners the first season (everbearers may be allowed to flower from mid-summer to frost).

In the second year, allow plants to produce enough runners to plant another 1/3 of the bed.  Remove all other runners.  Allow second year plants to flower and produce fruit.  At the end of the third season, remove original row of plants.  Continue to replant 1/3 of the row each year and to remove the three year old plants at the end of the season.

Second and third year old strawberry plants are the most productive. Removing runners allows the plants to put more energy into berry production.



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