How to Plant Everbearing Strawberries

Overview

Strawberries are a favorite summer fruit. So it's no wonder that everbearing strawberries are a popular type for home gardens. Unlike other types of strawberry, everbearings fruit 2 to 3 times a season and can produce a crop from late spring to early fall. And they require relatively little effort in exchange for an abundant crop. Everbearings are easy to plant and grow and will fruit well for 2 to 3 years until their crop quality declines and it is time to replace them.

Step 1

Amend virgin soil at least 1 month before planting your everbearing strawberries. They are not picky about the type of soil that they grow in, but they need nutritious soil. Spread a 3 inch layer of organic compost over the soil. Then loosen the soil to a depth of 8 inches with a garden hoe, mixing in the compost as you dig.

Step 2

Apply a 10-10-10 fertilizer (one pound per 100 square feet) to the soil three to four days before planting your strawberries.

Step 3

Plant your everbearings on a cloudy day or in the late afternoon. Dig a hole for each plant that is slightly larger than the container it is currently in, but only half as deep. Dig neighboring holes at least 1 foot away.

Step 4

Carefully remove your everbearings from their containers and place them in their holes. Then create a mound around the exposed top half of the everbearing's root ball with excavated and neighboring soil. Cover the top of the root ball, but not the crown. The crown should be level with the top of the mound. If it is planted too deeply, the plant will suffocate.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant everbearing strawberries in the same place twice. It will increase their susceptibility to pests and disease. Do not plant everbearings when the soil is wet.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • 10-10-10 fertilizer
  • Trowel
  • Hoe

References

  • BBC: Strawberries
  • University of Illinois: Strawberries
  • StrawberrySocial.com: How to Grow Strawberries
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