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Steps to Success: Strawberries

Follow our Steps to Success for great results!

Early Season: Plants begin fruiting in late spring for approximately 10 days.

Early Midseason: Plants begin fruiting 5 days after the beginning of Early Season varieties for approximately 10 days.

Midseason: Plants begin fruiting 8 days after the beginning of Early Season varieties for approximately 10 days.

Late Midseason: Plants begin fruiting 10 days after the beginning of Early Season varieties for approximately 10 days.

Late Season: Plants begin fruiting 14 days after the beginning of Early Season varieties for approximately 10 days.

Everbearing (Dayneutrals): These varieties offer instant gratification all season, yielding berries from July through October. Ideal for annual planting, we recommend you select two varieties and plant every 1-2 years.

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June Bearing

IRRIGATION

  • Throughout the growing season, 1" – 2" rainfall or equivalent is necessary per week, depending on soil.

FERTILIZATION

  Establishment year

  • Mix ½ lb of 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft into soil 2 or more weeks prior to planting.
  • Side–dress with ½ lb 10–10–10 in July, August and September.

  Subsequent years

  • Side–dress with 1½ lb 10–10–10 between renovation (see below) and early September.
  • Regularly check the soil pH and amend to keep at the optimum 6.5–6.8.
  • CAUTION: Over–fertilizing is detrimental.

WEED CONTROL

  • Thoroughly remove weeds prior to planting.
  • Weekly cultivation is required. Remember the roots are shallow. Take care not to damage the roots.
  • You may apply a granular herbicide to control weeds before they grow. Check with your local agricultural extension before using chemicals.
  • Proper mulching will aid in weed control.

RENOVATION

  • June–bearing strawberry plants require renovation. After all the berries have been harvested, mow or clip the plants and remove the clippings from the strawberry bed. Do not renovate in the planting year. (Ever–bearing/day–neutral strawberry plants are not renovated.)
  • Be careful not to cut or injure the crowns during this process.
  • Apply 1 lb 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft at time of renovation and ½ lb per 100 sq ft in September.

WINTER PROTECTION

  • Cover plants with 4" of straw (not hay) mulch to protect the crowns. Salt hay is acceptable – do not use leaves.
  • Apply mulch after several significant frosts.
  • Remove mulch in early spring before new growth begins.

Ever-Bearing

IRRIGATION

  • Throughout the growing season, 1" – 2" rainfall or equivalent is necessary per week, depending on soil.

FERTILIZATION

  Establishment year

  • Mix ½ lb of 10–10–10 per 100 sq ft into soil 2 or more weeks prior to planting.
  • Side–dress with ½ lb 10–10–10 in July, August.

  Subsequent years

  • Side–dress with ½ lb 10–10–10 in July, August.
  • Regularly check the soil pH and amend to keep at the optimum 6.5–6.8.
  • CAUTION: Over-fertilizing is detrimental.

WEED CONTROL

  • Thoroughly remove weeds prior to planting.
  • Weekly cultivation is required. Remember the roots are shallow. Take care not to damage the roots.
  • You may apply a granular herbicide to control weeds before they grow. Check with your local agricultural extension before using chemicals.
  • Proper mulching will aid in weed control.

RENOVATION

  • Ever-bearing / day–neutral strawberry plants are not renovated

WINTER PROTECTION

  • Cover plants with 4" of straw (not hay) mulch to protect the crowns. Salt hay is acceptable – do not use leaves.
  • Apply mulch after several significant frosts.
  • Remove mulch in early spring before new growth begins.

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