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How to Plant Strawberries in Missouri

By Anna Aronson ; Updated September 21, 2017
Strawberries are easy to grow in Missouri's climate.

Strawberries are wonderful summer treats. In Missouri, the climate it suitable for growing strawberries in a home garden, which keeps the sweet fruit at arm's length. The climate throughout the state is suitable for three types of strawberries: Dayneutral, Junebearing and Everbearing. Several cultivars of each variety are available, making it easy to find the perfect strawberry plant for a Missouri garden.

Plant the strawberries in full sun and well-draining soil.

Fertilize the planting site with 10 lbs. of fertilizer for every 1,000 feet of garden space. Work the fertilizer into the top 3 or 4 inches of soil.

Dig a small hole with a shovel or trowel that is large enough to accommodate the strawberry plant's root system.

Place a strawberry plant gently in the hole. Allow the roots to spread out, being careful not to damage the roots when placing them in the hole.

Pack the dirt down around the plant, tamping it firmly to remove air bubbles from the soil.

Water the plants after planting so they can begin to establish their roots. Strawberries need at least 1 inch of water per week. Keep the roots moist during the planting process and water them immediately after planting.

 

Things You Will Need

  • 5-10-5 or 8-24-8 fertilizer
  • Hand tiller
  • Small shovel or hand trowel

Tips

  • Strawberries should be planted when the soil is workable in the spring, which is usually between early March and early April in Missouri.
  • Strawberry plants should be grown 30 to 36 inches apart. Rows of plants should be spaced 42 to 48 inches apart.
  • Mulch the strawberry beds to protect them from the cold and prevent weeds and other vegetation from growing.
  • In Missouri, strawberries typically ripen in May or June.

Warning

  • Air bubbles in the soil can harm the plant it may not grow well.

About the Author

 

Anna Aronson began working as a journalist in 2000 and spent six years at suburban Chicago newspapers before pursuing freelance work. She enjoys writing about health care topics, in particular obstetrics, pediatrics and nutrition. She received a Bachelor of Arts in journalism from Eastern Illinois University and is now studying for a Master of Science in medicine degree to become a physician's assistant.