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How to Plant Early Glow Strawberries

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Overview

Plump, red, juicy Early Glow strawberries are among the first types of this fruit to ripen in mid to late spring. Strawberries of any type are favorite fruits for jam, jelly, dipping in chocolate, dunking in champagne and many other uses. They do require a bit of garden space and can take a year or more to begin producing, but if you have a sunny area with rich, well-drained soil and you love strawberries, the wait can be worth it when you pick your first berries and put them on your morning cereal.

Step 1

Prepare a planting area the correct size for the number of Early Glow strawberry plants you intend to grow. Purdue University advises that 25 plants will produce up to 50 quarts of berries during their productive season. Determine how large an area your strawberries will need by calculating that plants must be 15 to 24 inches apart in rows that are 36 to 48 inches apart.

Step 2

Dig in fertilizer in early spring before you plant: Purdue recommends 2 pounds of a fertilizer having an N-P-K ratio of 6-24-24 for every 100 square feet of garden area. Dig it in to a depth of 6 inches and then water the area well by running a sprinkler for 20 to 30 minutes.

Step 3

Dig planting holes for your Early Glow plants after your final spring frost. Leave 15 to 24 inches between planting holes and make them large enough to accommodate the roots of your plants. Then water well for 20 minutes.

Step 4

Set each plant into its hole with its crown at the surface of the soil, fill in with additional soil and then pat the soil down around the base of each plant.

Step 5

Water your Early Glow strawberries every week, giving them the equivalent of 1 to 1 1/2 inches of water each time you water them.

Tips and Warnings

  • Strawberries can become spongy and rotten if they grow in an area with frequent summer rains and if you overhead water them. Consider setting up a drip system or soaker hose in your strawberry bed to prevent rotting berries.

Things You'll Need

  • Well-drained, rich soil
  • Fertilizer
  • Shovel
  • Sprinkler
  • Trowel
  • Diatomaceous earth or iron phosphate

References

  • Our Valley, Virginia: Strawberry Time Arrives
  • Purdue University: Growing Strawberries
Keywords: strawberry growing, Early Glow, gardening fruit

About this Author

Barbara Fahs lives on Hawaii island, where she has created Hi'iaka's Healing Herb Garden. Fahs wrote "Super Simple Guide to Creating Hawaiian Gardens," and has been a professional writer since 1984. She contributes to Big Island Weekly, Ke Ola magazine, GardenGuides and eHow. She earned her B.A. at UCSB and her M.A. from San Jose State University.

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