How to Plant Ozark Beauty Strawberries in Tennessee

Overview

Ozark beauty is a hardy, everbearing strawberry plant that produces an abundance of large, sweet, deep-red fruit in June, and then continues to produce fruit until the first frost in the fall. This strawberry variety is disease resistant, easy to grow and thrives in almost any type of well-drained soil. Ozark beauty strawberries are best grown in northern climates and in higher elevations of the South, including the state of Tennessee.

Step 1

In early spring, select a planting location that has well-drained soil and receives at least six to eight hours of sunlight each day.

Step 2

Test the soil. Ozark beauty strawberries prefer a slightly acidic pH of 5.3 to 6.5, but can grow in a pH of 5.0 to 7.0. Your local extension office can test the pH level in your soil and make recommendations for any nutrients you may need to add to grow strawberries.

Step 3

Purchase Ozark beauty strawberry plants from a local nursery or garden center. They are also available for purchase from nurseries on the Internet and by mail order.

Step 4

Till the soil and remove weeds and grass from the area. Mix organic compost, as well as any recommended nutrients, into the soil with the tiller after the weeds and grass are removed.

Step 5

Water strawberry plants liberally several minutes before planting.

Step 6

Dig holes for strawberries approximately twice the size of the plant's root ball, spacing holes 18 to 24 inches apart from each other. Place strawberry plants in the holes, and then back-fill with soil to the original planting depth of the plants and pat down.

Step 7

Water the strawberry plants well.

Tips and Warnings

  • Drought can affect strawberry production. Irrigate strawberry plants from spring through September with at least one inch of water per week when necessary.

Things You'll Need

  • Ozark beauty strawberry plants
  • Garden tiller
  • Organic compost
  • Garden shovel or spade

References

  • Great Lakes Nursery Company: Strawberry 'Ozark Beauty' Everbearing
  • American Meadows: Strawberry Ozark Beauty

Who Can Help

  • The University of Tennessee Agricultural Extension Service: Landscaping with Fruit & Nut Crops
  • The University of Tennessee: Renovating Strawberries in the Home Garden
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Barbara Biehler is a freelance writer who has written articles for GardenGuides.com and eHow, as well as online specialty courses for MyComputerBuddies.com. She has a B.A. in English from the University of Central Florida, and over 15 years experience in business development, sales, and marketing. An avid gardener, cook, and voracious reader, Barbara resides with her family near Nashville, Tennessee.