How to Plant Day Neutral Strawberries

Overview

Best for gardeners with limited space, day-neutral strawberries produce medium-size fruit and only a few runners. The University of Illinois Extension recommends growing them in garden areas as well as terraced beds, pyramids and as a ground cover or edging plant. Day neutrals produce fruit all season, giving you strawberries all season long. Use the hill system to grow this type of strawberry for the best results.

Step 1

Select a sunny spot that receives at least six hours of sun per day for planting day-neutral strawberry plants. Do not plant where tomatoes, peppers, eggplant or potatoes have grown previously.

Step 2

Plant strawberries as soon as the soil is workable in the spring, usually March or early April. Do not work with wet soil. Wait until the soil is dry. Plant on cloudy days.

Step 3

Till the soil with a rototiller to a depth of 8 inches.

Step 4

Shovel a 1-inch layer of compost on top of the soil. Add a layer (1 lb. per 100 feet) of a 10-10-10 fertilizer. Till the soil again to incorporate the compost and fertilizer.

Step 5

Create rows spaced 2 feet apart. Dig holes with a garden spade, spaced 1 foot part, deep and wide enough for the roots. Keep the crown uncovered to allow plants to establish runners.

Step 6

Set strawberry plants in each hole and pack soil firmly around the roots.

Step 7

Water with a light spray of water until soil appears moist.

Things You'll Need

  • Tiller
  • Compost
  • Fertilizer
  • Garden spade

References

  • University of Illinois Extension: Growing Strawberries
  • National Gardening Association: Strawberry
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