How to Transplant Strawberry Plants in New England


Strawberries are sensitive to frost but most cultivars perform well in New England climates. Nursery bought or greenhouse started strawberry plants should be transplanted out into the garden soil in spring after the last hard frost has passed. You know it is time to transplant your strawberries when the ground soil is thawed, warmed and is dry enough dig and work easily.

Step 1

Dig a planting hole with your trowel that is twice the size of the strawberry plant root ball and just as deep.

Step 2

Space multiple planting holes at intervals of 18 inches within a row leaving at least 4 feet between multiple rows.

Step 3

Set the plant in the hole filling or removing soil under the plant so that the crown sits above the surface of the soil by an inch or two. Gently spread out the roots evenly in the hole. Backfill soil around the roots and tamp down lightly.

Step 4

Water the strawberry plants in deeply soaking the soil around the plants but not wetting the crowns and leaves if possible.

Step 5

Pinch off all of the small white flowers as they bloom either by hand or with small scissors to encourage root, runner and new crown development.

Tips and Warnings

  • Strawberry plants growing in USDA Zones 3b to 7a that cover New England must be mulched over heavily in the fall to protect them from extreme winter weather and drought. Three to six inches of straw or pine needles is ideal and should be removed in spring after the last hard frost.

Things You'll Need

  • Strawberry plants
  • Hand trowel
  • Water
  • Organic mulch


  • University of Maine
  • National Arboretum Plant Hardiness Zones
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