Planting, Growing & Harvesting Strawberries
Learn tips and tricks for growing strawberries.
When planting strawberries, choose a spot with full sun. In warm regions, try to provide morning sun with some shade protection during the hottest part of the day. Soil should have excellent drainage. To grow strawberries in planting beds, mix 3 inches of Nature's Care® Organic Garden Soil with Water ConserveTM into the top 6 inches of native soil. In raised beds, blend equal parts garden soil and Nature's Care® Organic & Natural Potting Mix with Water ConserveTM, or use 100 percent organic Nature's Care® Organic Raised Bed Soil.
If you're planting strawberries in containers, use a pot or hanging basket that's at least 10 inches across, and fill it with Potting Mix. A traditional strawberry jar with pockets also works well for growing strawberries.
The best time of the year for planting strawberries is in the spring.
The easiest way to grow strawberries is to plant strong, vigorous young plants. Cover the roots with soil, but don't plant too deeply. The central growing bud must stay above the soil so sunlight can reach it and cause it to sprout.
You can grow strawberries from seeds, but plants won't bear fruit until the year after planting. First, stash the seeds in the freezer for 4 to 6 weeks to jumpstart germination. When planting, use Miracle-Gro® Seed Starting Potting Mix and barely cover seeds because they need some light to germinate, a process that will take about a month.
Be sure to water well after planting.
Pick strawberries in the morning, while fruits are cool. Harvest fruit that's fully colored and glossy, leaving part of the stem and the cap attached to the berry. Refrigerate berries immediately after picking without rinsing or removing the caps or stems.