How to Plant Earliglow Strawberries

Overview

Earliglow strawberries produce sweet red berries early in the season. Earliglow strawberries have lots of fruit flavor for canning and baking, and they freeze without becoming mushy. This plant has the added bonus of being cold hardy, meaning that it is capable of withstanding winter frosts. Earliglow strawberries grow in hardiness zones 4 to 8 and have resistance to diseases such as verticillium wilt and root rot.

Step 1

Choose a good site for your strawberry plants or plan to plant them in a container. Earligrow strawberries need full sun and well-draining soil.

Step 2

Turn the soil over to loosen it, using a shovel. Remove plant roots, weeds and sticks from the soil. Apply 1 to 2 inches of compost or manure over the soil, then turn that over with your shovel to work it in. This ensures your strawberries will have nutrients.

Step 3

Dig a hole for your strawberry plants that is twice as wide as the plant's root ball and equally deep. Leave 30 to 36 inches of space between strawberry plants and 42 inches between rows of strawberry plants. If you're planting in a container, fill the container three-quarters of the way with soil.

Step 4

Place your Earliglow plant in the hole and spread the roots against the soil with your fingers so the strawberry plant's roots are below the soil line but the plant itself or its foliage isn't buried. Cover over the roots with soil. Plant all strawberry plants this way. For container planting, place the strawberry plants in the container, then top off the container with soil until the plants are buried at the right depth.

Step 5

Water the newly planted strawberries until the soil compacts around the plants and becomes saturated with water.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel
  • Compost
  • Manure
  • Container (optional)
  • Earliglow strawberry transplant
  • Water

References

  • University of Missouri: Home Fruit Production - Strawberries
  • Henry Fields: Earliglow Strawberries
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