How to Plant Strawberries in Missouri

Overview

Strawberries are wonderful summer treats. In Missouri, the climate it suitable for growing strawberries in a home garden, which keeps the sweet fruit at arm's length. The climate throughout the state is suitable for three types of strawberries: Dayneutral, Junebearing and Everbearing. Several cultivars of each variety are available, making it easy to find the perfect strawberry plant for a Missouri garden.

Step 1

Plant the strawberries in full sun and well-draining soil.

Step 2

Fertilize the planting site with 10 lbs. of fertilizer for every 1,000 feet of garden space. Work the fertilizer into the top 3 or 4 inches of soil.

Step 3

Dig a small hole with a shovel or trowel that is large enough to accommodate the strawberry plant's root system.

Step 4

Place a strawberry plant gently in the hole. Allow the roots to spread out, being careful not to damage the roots when placing them in the hole.

Step 5

Pack the dirt down around the plant, tamping it firmly to remove air bubbles from the soil.

Step 6

Water the plants after planting so they can begin to establish their roots. Strawberries need at least 1 inch of water per week. Keep the roots moist during the planting process and water them immediately after planting.

Tips and Warnings

  • Air bubbles in the soil can harm the plant it may not grow well.

Things You'll Need

  • 5-10-5 or 8-24-8 fertilizer
  • Hand tiller
  • Small shovel or hand trowel

References

  • Univeristy of Missouri Extension: Strawberry Cultivars and Their Culture
  • Southwest Missouri State University Extention: Growing Fruit for Home Use
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About this Author

Meghan McMahon lives in the Chicago suburbs, where she spent six years as a newspaper journalist before becoming a part-time freelance writer and editor and full-time mother. She received a bachelor's degree in journalism from Eastern Illinois University in 2000 and has written for "The Daily Southtown" and "The Naperville Sun" in suburban Chicago.