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Beach strawberry is the wild counterpart to the domesticated strawberry plant. The beach strawberry produces a small plant that is usually short to the ground with shiny, thick, green leaves. It produces a very sweet fruit and usually blooms from mid-April until June. The beach strawberry is very hard and makes an excellent ground cover. It has the ability to spread quickly, which helps with weed control.
Choose plants that have deep green, healthy leaves. The plants should be at least 4 inches tall so that they are already established. Once your berries have been planted, they can reach heights of 10 inches or so but are still low-lying plants. Healthy plants will have signs of new leaves and will also have flowers blooming. The flowers will soon be the first strawberries.
Place your plants in partial shade so that they do not absorb the hottest heat of the day. The plants should be placed approximately 1 foot apart. As the plants mature and grow, they will spread. You do not want to initially place them very close together or they won't have room to spread. The holes for your plants should be about the same depth as the pots that they were in.
Cover the ground with a good compost or mulch. This will help the plants retain moisture and will also help fight against weeds. Mulch will help maintain a steady soil temperature so your strawberry plants don't get too hot or too cold. Ideally, use approximately 3 inches of mulch in your strawberry beds.
Water your plants every day after they have just been planted. Growing berries need a lot more water than established plants do. Keep the ground moist but not saturated.
Harvest your strawberries when they are red and plump and have a natural shiny red color. The caps of the mature berries will be dark green. The berries will not ripen after they are picked and do not stay fresh for more than 4-5 days. Freeze them for long-term storage.