Strawberries are classified into three types; ever-bearing, day-neutral and spring-bearing. The Sequoia is a June-bearing variety, meaning you can harvest its berries once a season (June through July). The Sequoia, which has large, wedge-shaped fruit, is one of the tastier varieties, according to the University of Florida’s Institute of Food and Agricultural Sciences. It's also known for producing a large, vigorous plant. Before you plant Sequoia strawberries, choose a suitable site and thoroughly prepare the planting area.
Choose a sun-filled planting location for the Sequoia strawberries. Strawberries require at least six to eight hours of light every day, according to the University of California at Davis.
Prepare the planting location approximately ten to fourteen days prior to planting the Sequoia strawberry plants. Site preparation should being in spring, as soon as the soil is soft enough to work. Turn over the soil with a spade, or a garden fork removing any weeds, or rocks as you work the soil. Strawberries grow best in slightly acid soil, according to the University of Minnesota. The optimum pH for strawberries is between 5.3 and 6.5.
Spread a 2- to 3-inch layer of compost over the planting area. This is very important to improve drainage, especially if the soil is heavy or clay-like. Broadcast a granular fertilizer such as 15-5-10 or 6-24-24 at the rate of 2 cups for each 100 square feet of planting area. Mix the fertilizer into the top 6 inches of the soil.
Create 10- to 12-inch wide rows that are spaced 2 to 3 feet apart. Dig holes in the center of each row that are twice as wide and deep as each Sequoia strawberry plant. The planting holes should be spaced 12 inches apart.
Remove the Sequoia strawberry from its growing container. If the plants are in planting packs, use your thumb to push upwards from the bottom of a cell to pop them out. If the plants are growing in 4-inch pots, flip the pot upside down. Use a trowel to tap upwards along the rim until you can the pot it off the root system.
Place a Sequoia strawberry plant into one of the holes. Make sure the crown of the plant is level with the soil surface. The crown is where the top of the root system where the leaves develop. Scoop in soil around the plant until the hole is filled with soil. Gently tamp the soil down to remove air bubbles.
Water by letting the water drip, or run very slowly, alongside each of the plants. Then, water your Sequoia strawberries as often as needed to keep the soil moist, because the roots are shallow growing.
Things You Will Need
- Spade or garden fork
- For best results when growing strawberries, test your garden soil's pH level. Contact your local agricultural extension office to have a soil test performed, or buy a test kit at a nursery or home-improvement store.
- To protect dormant Sequoia strawberry plants during winter, lay a 2-inch layer of straw, bark chips or hay over the plants. Make sure the following spring to rake off most the of mulch leaving a light (1/2 inch) layer around the plants so the strawberries will not rot or get dirty.
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