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How to Store Strawberry Plants Until it's Time to Plant

By Anna Aronson ; Updated September 21, 2017

Strawberries are one of the most popular summer fruits because of their sweet taste and versatility. Unfortunately, it can be expensive to buy fresh strawberries from your local grocery store. If you love strawberries but hate the price, you might want to consider growing your own in the garden at home. They are easy to grow and can produce a good harvest to help cut down on your grocery bill. You can even buy or order the plants a few weeks in advance and store them until you are ready for planting.

Remove the strawberry plants from the packaging.

Place the plants in a plastic bag large enough to accommodate all the plants. You can use multiple bags if necessary.

Add peat moss or another moist organic material around the roots of the plants.

Place the bagged plants in a refrigerator with a temperature of between 32 degrees and 40 degrees F. Make sure to position the plants so that the organic material stays around the roots of the plant.

Check the plants periodically to ensure the roots are still covered. Add more organic material if necessary.


Things You Will Need

  • Strawberry plants
  • Plastic bag
  • Peat poss or other moist organic material
  • Refrigerator


  • The strawberry plants will die if the roots are allowed to dry out.
  • Strawberry plants can be stored in the refrigerator for one to two weeks before planting.
  • When it's time to plant, choose a sunny location with well-drained soil.
  • Buy your plants from a nursery, garden center or mail-order nursery with a reputation for producing quality plants.

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.