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How to Grow Organic Strawberry Plants from Bare Roots

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Shop Strawberry Bare Roots

Bury roots completely 18" apart, rows 3 feet apart Should begin to produce more leaves by early summer 65-80 degrees F. Early Spring Full Sun Rich soil, pH between 5.5 and 6.8. Beans, borage, chives, lettuce, onions, peas, radishes & spinach Snip berries from plant when they are large and rich in color

 

IMPORTANT: Once your roots arrive, remoisten the roots. You'll do this by rinsing and dumping all of the water from the bag several times.

Once you've done that, leave a small amount of water inside and then place the whole bag (and it's contents) inside of a windowsill.

Rinse and drain your bare roots at least once a day until new green growth appears and you're ready to plant outdoors.

How to Grow & Harvest Strawberries

 

 

Soil and Fertilizing

It’s best to have your soil tested before planting, so you know what nutrients and pH adjustments may be needed to support your crop. For a thorough soil test, consult your local county extension office.

Strawberries like deep, well-drained sandy loams. They don’t tolerate extremes in pH well, with the ideal pH being slightly acidic at 5.8-6.2. About 6 weeks after planting, apply two pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet. Sprinkle the fertilizer evenly over the growing area, avoiding direct contact with the foliage. Add two pounds again after renovating in July.

 Planting

Everbearing strawberries can be grown in-ground, and also in containers and raised beds.

 First Year

  • Before transplanting, soak the roots for two hours to rehydrate them.
  • Dig a hole deep enough so the roots extend vertically and are not bent.
  • Cover the plants with soil just below the crown (where the plant top meets the roots). The crown should be at soil surface, not buried.
  • Avoid planting strawberries in an area where they were recently grown, or where crops in the tomato family (including eggplants, potatoes and peppers) have grown, as they may carry a root fungus.

Next Few Years

  • If you carefully cover your strawberry plants with straw or mulch, they will overwinter and come back the next year in most climates.
  • You can also start fresh with new, disease-free planting stock.
  • If growing in containers, replace the growth medium with fresh sterile medium, and replant with new plants.

 Thinning

Remove all blossoms 6-8 weeks after planting to improve yields. Clip off runners to keep the plants from getting too crowded.

 Watering

Strawberries are shallow rooted. Water often, but keep the plants well-drained.

 Harvesting

  • To pick strawberries, cradle the fruit in your hand, pinch the stem between thumb and forefinger, and pull. Pick the caps along with the fruit.
  • “Renovate” immediately after the harvest to reduce disease. Stimulate new growth by mowing or clipping the plants to a height of 3 inches, and immediately remove the clippings.
  • You can expect to get 3-5 years of harvests, if the area is kept weed- and disease-free, and if you renovate every year.

When to Plant

Plant your bare root Strawberry plants in early spring once the threat of frost has passed.

How to Plant

Before planting, soak the roots for up to 20 minutes in water. Plant in well drained, rich soil with plenty of organic matter or compost. Gently spread the roots before putting into the soil, and make sure to keep the crown of the plant above the soil level. Add 2-3 inches of mulch around each plant to help keep the soil moist. 

How to Harvest

Fruit should be ready after 4-6 weeks from when the flowering period started. Harvest only deep red, full fleshed fruits. Cut the stem, do not pull the berry by hand. Store any unwashed berries in the fridge for 3-5 days.  
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