How to Plant Elsanta Strawberry Plants

Overview

Elsanta strawberries are one of the most popular of the June-bearing variety of strawberry. Grocery stores and consumers alike favor them because of their long shelf-life, big fruit and sweet flavor. However, if you're considering growing them in your own garden, be aware that elsanta strawberry plants are particularly prone to pests and diseases. However, you can reduce the likelihood that your strawberry plants will be affected by buying certified elsanta strawberry plants from a reputable and knowledgeable nursery.

Step 1

Amend virgin soil at least one month before planting your elsanta strawberry plants. Spread a 3 inch layer of organic compost over the planting area. Then use a garden hoe to loosen the soil to a depth of 8 inches. Mix in the compost as you dig.

Step 2

Four days before you plant your elsantas, fertilize the planting area with one pound of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet.

Step 3

Use a trowel to dig holes for your elsanta strawberry plants that are slightly larger than the containers that they are currently in. Elsantas prefer to grow in rows. Allow 2 to 3 feet of space between plants and 3 to 4 feet of space between rows.

Step 4

Carefully remove the elsantas from their containers and place them in their holes. The crown of each plant should be level with the surrounding soil. If the crown is covered, the plant will suffocate before it can take root.

Step 5

Water the plants so that the soil beneath the plants is moist. Continue to water them frequently to keep the soil moist.

Tips and Warnings

  • Do not plant strawberries when the soil is wet. Pests and diseases should only be treated by organic, food quality products or removed by hand. Remember, you and your family will eat anything you put on your elsantas.

Things You'll Need

  • Compost
  • Trowel

References

  • University of Illinois: Strawberries and More
  • The Fruit Expert: Growing Strawberries
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