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How to Plant Strawberries in North Texas

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How to Plant Strawberries in North Texas

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Overview

Because Texas is such a large state, it includes several different growing zones. What grows well in the north may suffer in the heat of south Texas. Plants that do well in both areas may have different planting times, such as the strawberry plant. According to horticulturists at Texas A&M University, strawberry planting in north Texas is best done in late winter or early spring and production will be at its best one year after planting.

Step 1

Choose an area of your garden for your strawberry patch that receives at least eight hours of sun a day.

Step 2

Test the pH of your soil. Use your own pH testing kit or deliver a sample of your soil to your area county extension office for testing. The soil pH should fall between 5.8 and 6.5

Step 3

Trim the roots of the strawberry plants to 6 inches. Keep them moist while you prepare the planting bed by placing them in a bucket of water with enough water to soak the roots.

Step 4

Dig to a depth of 6 inches in the planting area, crushing any large clumps of soil and removing any debris, such as rocks.

Step 5

Spread a 2-inch layer of sand, a 2-inch layer of compost and any other amendments required by the soil analysis over the soil. Mix the amendments into the soil with the gardening fork.

Step 6

Build small cones of soil for each strawberry plant, spaced 12 inches apart. Place the strawberry plant on top of the cone and allow the roots to hang straight down. Pour a thin layer of soil over the roots and pat it in place to lightly cover them.

Step 7

Spread a layer of mulch around the mounds to protect the soil from washing away and exposing the roots when you water.

Step 8

Water the strawberry plants well. Thereafter, provide 1 inch of water once a week.

Things You'll Need

  • Soil pH testing kit
  • Sand
  • Compost
  • Gardening fork
  • Garden clippers
  • Gardening trowel

References

  • Texas A&M University: Fruit Gardening in Texas
  • Plant Answers: Strawberry Culture
  • National Gardening Association: Strawberry Amarillo TX

Who Can Help

  • Texas Gardener: Fall Planted Strawberries
Keywords: Texas strawberries, growing strawberries, north Texas

About this Author

Victoria Hunter, a former broadcaster and real estate agent, has provided audio and written services to both small businesses and large corporations. Hunter is a freelance writer specializing in the real estate industry. She devotes her spare time to her other passions: gardening and cooking. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.