How to Plant Earliglow Strawberry


Earliglow (Fragaria x ananassa 'Earliglow') is a variety of June bearing strawberry. June bearers produce larger fruit, earlier than other types of strawberry plants. The key to a productive strawberry plant is to get it in the ground as early in spring as possible, as soon as the soil can be worked. Plant the Earliglow strawberry plants on a cloudy day in March or April. If the soil is wet, allow it to dry before planting. Keep the strawberry plants' roots moist before and during planting. Earliglow strawberry plants are hardy in USDA zones 5 through 9.

Step 1

Choose a suitable location in which to grow your strawberries. Avoid planting the berries in low areas of the garden. Choose a site that receives sun all day.

Step 2

Remove any weeds in the strawberry garden. Pull them by hand if there are only a few. For heavier infestations you may need to use a herbicide, according to label directions. Choose an herbicide that is safe for fruit and vegetable gardens.

Step 3

Pour a 2-inch layer of compost onto the soil and use a garden fork or shovel to mix it to a depth of 4 inches. Use the rake to level the soil and remove any hills or depressions.

Step 4

Deliver soil samples to your county cooperative extension office for a pH analysis or use an at-home test kit. Strawberries require a slightly acidic pH, between 5.8 and 6.5. The extension agent will provide recommendations on which amendments to use, to adjust your soil's pH.

Step 5

Add soil amendments, as suggested by the result of the soil analysis, in the amount specified. Use the gardening fork to mix the amendments to a depth of 4 inches.

Step 6

Remove all but three leaves from the Earliglow strawberry plants.

Step 7

Dig planting holes that are deep enough so that the crown of the Earliglow plants will be exposed and the tops of the roots will be just under the soil. Space the plants 18 to 30 inches apart, in rows that are 3 to 4 feet apart.

Step 8

Water the strawberries until the top 4 inches of soil is moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Herbicide
  • Compost
  • Shovel or gardening fork
  • Rake
  • Garden trowel


  • University of Illinois Extension: Strawberries and More
  • University of Rhode Island: Strawberries
  • Park Seed Company: Strawberry 'Earliglow'

Who Can Help

  • United States National Arboretum: USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map
Keywords: plant Earliglow strawberries, planting June strawberries, June bearing strawberries

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Victoria Hunter has been a freelance writer since 2005, specializing in gardening-related topics and the real estate industry. She is a former broadcaster and real estate agent who has provided audio and written services to small businesses and large corporations worldwide. She writes for, GardenGuides and ProFlowers, among others. Hunter holds a Bachelor of Arts in English/creative writing.