Strawberries are a much loved fruit and are the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth and they also pack a powerful punch of nutrients rich in Vitamin C, fiber and potassium!
You can plant your strawberry roots as soon as the soil has warmed. Keep the roots slightly moist and cool before planting, and choose a sunny location in your garden. Dig a shallow trench for each row keeping the rows about 4 feet apart. Trimming your strawberry roots to 5 inches long will encourage new healthier root development. When planting the crown of plant should be at the soil surface. Plant, tap down and water well.
If you pinch off all the flowers the first summer this will send more energy to the development of new runners. Use mulch in the late fall and place directly over the plants to protect them from freeze and thaw cycles. You can remove the mulch after the last frost in spring. During the second year, after strawberries have produced their crop of berries in June, the plants should be trimmed down and fertilized to encourage new runner production for the following year.
Even a well looked after stand of strawberries begins to wear out after 3-4 years of production, so to ensure a continual harvest, you can plant a new crop during the 2nd or 3rd year of production.