How to Plant Bare Root Strawberries


Strawberries are a small-fruit crop that is popular to grow in the home garden. There are three types of strawberries available: Junebearing strawberries produce fruit in May and June in the year after planting; everbearing strawberries provide fruit throughout the growing season; and dayneutral strawberries produce berries all season for two years and then need to be replanted. All types of strawberries are available as bare root plants, which are plants without soil surrounding their roots. It costs less in postage if strawberry plants are shipped bare root from the nursery.

Step 1

Remove all weeds and grass from the planting area. Bare root strawberries are usually planted in late April or after the danger of the last spring frost has past. Till the soil under with a rototiller. This will loosen the soil and make it easier for the strawberries to root.

Step 2

Place the roots of the strawberries in a shallow pan of water to prevent the roots from drying out. Do not leave the roots in the water more then 30 minutes.

Step 3

Dig a hole with a hand trowel deep enough to hold the roots. Do not compact the soil while digging.

Step 4

Place the strawberry plant in the hole so the crown is level with the top of the soil. Back fill the hole with soil.

Step 5

Firm the soil around the strawberry plant with your foot. Pour a cup of water around the roots of the plant. Set your strawberry plants 18 to 24 inches apart. Daughter plants grown on runners will fill in the rows. Set your rows 36 to 48 inches apart, depending on how much room you need to care for the strawberry plants.

Tips and Warnings

  • Purchase cultivars that are resistant to red stele and verticillum wilt in order to eliminate plant disease problems later. Control fungus diseases by keeping the foliage and fruit dry. Gray mold is a fungus that infects the fruit during cool, wet weather. Leaf spot is a common fungi disease spread by splashing rain and wind. Keep the berry plants properly spaced to promote good air circulation and water your plants in the morning so there is time for the water to evaporate before nightfall.

Things You'll Need

  • Rototiller
  • Bare root strawberries
  • Pan
  • Water
  • Hand trowel


  • Growing Fruit for Home Use; John Avery; 2003
  • Pennsylvania State University: Agricultural Alternatives -- Strawberry Production
Keywords: strawberry plants, planting strawberries, bare root strawberries

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Karen Carter has spent the last three years working as a technology specialist in the public school system. This position included hardware/software installation, customer support, and writing training manuals. She also spent four years as a newspaper editor/reporter at the Willapa Harbor Herald.