Strawberries are easily grown in containers, planting beds or patches, or in rows. If you plant strawberries properly, the plants will provide you a steady month long supply of fresh strawberries that are not only delicious and versatile, but packed with vitamin C.
Before you plant strawberries, chose the proper location for them. Strawberries grow best in a sunny location with rich, well drained, acidic soil.
How To Prepare The Soil
Prepare the soil two weeks before you plant strawberries by adding 2-3 inches of compost, a 1 inch layer of acidic soil mix (if your soil is not acidic enough) and broadcast a light layer of an all purpose 10-10-10 balanced fertilizer. Till all that into the soil to the depth of about 8 inches, water the soil thoroughly and allow the area to sit for 2 weeks.
How To Plant Strawberries
Strawberry plants come in two varieties, bare root and potted. Whichever plant variety you choose, trim the strawberry plant roots to 4 inches before you plant them.
Form mounded rows in the prepared soil, the mounds should be about 6 inches high. The furrows between the mounded soil will be used for irrigation and mulch.
Dig holes in the mounds every 12-18 inches apart and to plant your strawberries. Spread out the strawberry plant roots when you plant them, and plant them deep enough so the crown of the strawberry plant will at the top level of the soil. If the crown, which is the center of the strawberry plant where new leaf growth comes from, is planted below the soil level the strawberry plant will rot. If the crown is too far above the soil level, the strawberry plant will dry out and die.
Water in the newly planted strawberries and add a layer of mulch around the plants and in the furrows to retain moisture and prevent weed growth. Pine straw or hay are the best organic matter to use as mulch for strawberry plants. Do not fertilize the strawberry plants again at this time.
When To Plant Strawberries
The exact time of year to plant strawberries depends on what area of the country that you live in. As a general rule, you plant strawberries in the spring and they will produce fruit by mid-summer. A good indicator of exact strawberry planting time in your particular area is when the strawberry plants arrive at your local nursery. In warm climates with mild winters, strawberries can be planted in the late summer or fall for fruit production the following spring.