How to Plant & Grow Bare Root Strawberries
We bet you’ll agree with us that there are few things that taste better than homegrown fruits and veggies like tomatoes, squash, and strawberries! But unlike tomatoes and squash, some gardeners seem a little intimidated by growing bare root strawberries, and we’re here to kick those insecurities to the curb. Trust us; it’s easy — and we’re going to prove it.
When Your Shipment Arrives
We have some new everbearing bare root strawberries this season that we are very excited about! Strawberry Ozark Beauty features large bright red berries with a lusciously sweet flavor, producing fruit from late spring til frost. Strawberry White Carolina, on the other hand, produces pale pink berries with red seeds and a surprising pineapple flavor from late spring into the early fall. And if you can’t choose, then try our Strawberry Festival Collection, which features a few of each! Can’t go wrong there.
Now, when you receive your shipment, you’ll want to do the following pretty quickly:
- Separate the bare root bundles.
- Remove any dried leaves that are attached.
- Soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting.
How to Plant
Now here’s where planting directions take a detour depending upon where you live:
Steps to Growing Bare Root Strawberries
Now, we know you love fresh, juicy, ripe strawberries as much as the next guy (possibly even more), but you may need to hold off just a bit before enjoying your first harvest. During that first growing season, your bare root strawberries (particularly the everbearing types) need to save their strength for a great harvest next season.
That means that if you can put off gratification during that first growing season by pinching off the flowers and runners, you’ll be setting your strawberry plants up for a strong harvest in the coming and following seasons. Now hold on to your seat, because growing the best strawberries with the most flavor includes a little death and destruction, planting new strawberry beds every 2-3 years:
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- Katie Elzer-Peters