Ohio is located in USDA plant hardiness zones 5 and 6. Fortunately strawberries are an ideal fruit crop to grow in Ohio, with many varieties that thrive in its two climate zones. Strawberries are planted as crowns or small plants, rather than seeds. They are usually available at your local nursery or garden center, as well as on online and through nursery catalogs. For best results, plant your strawberries in the spring.
Decide which types of strawberry plants you wish to buy. June-bearing strawberry plants will produce better flavor and quality strawberries, but not until the second year. Day-neutral strawberries produce a crop the first year.
Select a variety of plant that is either a June-bearing or day-neutral (or select both). June-bearing plants that grow well in Ohio are Earliglow, Kent and Redchief, to name a few. According to Ohio State University, the Tristar and Tribute day-neutral strawberry plants grow well in Ohio.
Calculate how many strawberry plants you need to purchase. June-bearing plants are spaced 12 to 24 inches apart; rows are spaced 36 to 40 inches apart. Day-neutral strawberries are spaced 8 to 12 inches apart; their rows are spaced 30 to 36 inches apart.
Wait until the soil dries up a bit after Ohio's spring thaw to purchase and plant your strawberry plants.