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When Do You Plant Strawberries in Washington?

By Beth Asher ; Updated September 21, 2017
Properly planted and cared for strawberries will produce fruit in Washington for at least 4 years.

Strawberries are home garden favorites grown for canning, freezing and eating out of hand. Backyard fruit growers can count on 4 to 5 years of productive fruiting if the plants are properly planted and maintained.

Single Crop or Everbearing

Single crop strawberries produce one large set of fruit, usually in June in the Northwest.

Strawberries are considered fruiting perennials. June-bearing plants are called single crop, while plants that have a second small crop in summer are called everbearing. Both can be planted at the same time.

Day Neutral

Day neutral strawberries will have flower buds regardless of day length.

Day neutral strawberries produce flower buds and fruit regardless of the day length. To get a good crop the first year, commercial growers at Raintree Nursery in Morton, Washington, recommend planting day neutral strawberries by April 15.

Availability

Potted strawberries arrive in Washington garden centers as the weather warms.

Bare root strawberries arrive in nurseries and garden centers from mid-January through March while still dormant. Flats of potted strawberries show up as the weather warms (April through early May).

Bare Root

Dormant bare root strawberries (called crowns) should be planted in late March through April. Temperatures at night should be above 25 degrees, according to Danny L. Barney, extension horticulture specialist at the University of Idaho.

Potted

Potted strawberries have a long planting season, but May is the preferred time.

Potted strawberry stock can be planted spring through early fall. May is often the time when containerized strawberries arrive in garden centers and is a preferred planting time, according to experts at the Washington State University Extension.

 

About the Author

 

Beth Asher began writing in 1972 for a catalog company. She has written for schools and charities, including Star Workshop Foundation. She was a John Deere representative for nine years, manager of Brown's Blueberries and an advisory member of King County Small Farms Board and the Washington Association of Landscape Professionals. Asher holds a Bachelor of Science in computer networking from City University.