How to Start Everbearing Strawberry Plants

Overview

Everbearing strawberries are strawberry plants that thrive in high heat and humidity yet are hardy enough to survive a cold winter. Unlike other strawberries, they produce throughout the summer, blooming from May through August. Start some everbearing strawberry plants for a tasty and high-yielding addition to your garden.

Step 1

Choose a sunny spot with well-drained soil for your strawberry bed. Do not plant your everbearing strawberries where peppers, tomatoes, eggplant and potatoes have been grown so that you prevent verticillium wilt, a disease caused by fungus in the soil.

Step 2

Prepare the bed by digging or tilling out the weeds. Work compost into the loosened soil.

Step 3

Plant in the fall if you have mild winters, but wait for spring if you have severe winters. Use the mounding method for the best results when starting everbearing strawberry plants. This is a system in which plants are started 1 foot apart from one another with two to four plants per row and 2 feet between the rows.

Step 4

Use a trowel to dig a hole deep enough and wide enough to spread out the root of each everbearing strawberry plant. The crown should be above the surface of the ground, and the first set of roots should be just 1/4 inch below the surface.

Step 5

Water thoroughly after planting. Supply your everbearing strawberry plants with 1 inch of water a week throughout the growing season.

Step 6

Trim off any runners that your everbearing strawberry plants produce. Everbearing strawberries generally do not produce many runners, but by trimming them off you will ensure that your plants will put more energy into growing crowns and flower stalks. For similar reasons, pick off any blossoms through the first June after you plant your everbearing strawberries.

Step 7

Keep your plants well weeded for the first few weeks. Then you can mulch the strawberry bed to help keep in moisture and deter the growth of weeds.

Step 8

Cover your everbearing strawberry bed with 3 or 4 inches of straw in early winter, after temperatures have dropped. In the spring, remove the straw mulch when the strawberry plants' leaves show yellow. Keep some mulch between the plants and be prepared to cover the plants again should you have a late frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Shovel or tiller
  • Compost
  • Trowel
  • Everbearing strawberry plants
  • Water
  • Mulch
  • Straw

References

  • University of Illinois: Growing Strawberries
  • How to Grow Sweet, Delicious Strawberries
  • Washington State University: Growing Strawberries

Who Can Help

  • Eversweet Everbearing Strawberry
Keywords: everbearing strawberries, planting strawberries, starting strawberry plants

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Em Connell McCarty has been writing for 27 years. She studied writing at the University of Iowa and at Hollins University in Virginia. She writes fiction, creative non-fiction and essays. McCarty's work has been published in Hip Mama magazine.