Strawberries are a much loved fruit and are the perfect treat to satisfy a sweet tooth while also packing a powerful punch of nutrients rich in Vitamin C, fiber and potassium! The Seascape strawberry is an every-bearing strawberry that produces delicious fruit over a long season. They are heat-tolerant and remarkably disease resistant.
You can plant your strawberry roots as soon as the soil has warmed up. 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 aid in 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, the plants should be trimmed down and fertilized to encourage new runner production for the following year. Some varieties can continue to produce fruit well into the fall – these are called everbearing strawberries.
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.