How to Care for Everbearing Strawberry Plants

Overview

Growing strawberries gives you the chance to eat fresh-picked, delicious fruits right out of your own home garden. Chosen for the low maintenance requirements and ease of growing, strawberries perform well in most parts of the country. Caring for everbearing strawberry plants properly ensures a healthy and bountiful crop.

Step 1

Water the everbearing strawberry plants after planting. Continue to supply at least 1 inch of water per week during growing season when rainfall is less.

Step 2

Supply each strawberry plant with 1 to 2 cups of a starter fertilizer seven days after planting. Make this using 1 or 2 tbsp. water-soluble all-purpose garden fertilizer and 1 gallon of water.

Step 3

Weed the area around the everbearing strawberry plants using a hoe or hand pull any weeds emerging. Do not cultivate the soil too deep around the plants to avoid damaging the root system.

Step 4

Remove any runners coming from the strawberry plants. Getting rid of these aids in the growth and creates larger, healthier single plants.

Step 5

Check the strawberry plants often for blossoms. Pinch or cut all flowers on everbearing plants until July. This helps establish the plants.

Step 6

Harvest the strawberries when fully developed. Fruits easily come off of plants when ready. One plant can supply from 1 to 1 1/2 quarts of strawberries.

Things You'll Need

  • Water supply
  • Hoe
  • Fertilizer
  • Pruning shears

References

  • Iowa State University Extension: Planting Strawberries in the Home Garden
  • University of Illinois Extension: Strawberries & More
  • University of Nebraska Lincoln Extension: Growing Strawberries

Who Can Help

  • Washington State University: Growing Strawberries
  • Mother Earth News: Growing Strawberries
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