Learn tips and tricks for growing strawberries.
- Choose your planting time based on your region: spring for the North and in fall for the South.
- Grow strawberries in an area with full sun and excellent drainage. Warmer regions should offer afternoon shade to prevent scorching.
- Improve soil nutrition and drainage by adding Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose In-Ground Soil (in-ground), Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose Container Mix (containers), or Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil (raised beds).
- Skip ahead to harvest time by starting with young plants from Bonnie Plants®.
- When planting, be sure the central growing bud stays above the soil.
- Water strawberry plants at the base or with a soaker hose to keep leaves and fruit dry.
- Feed regularly with Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose Plant Nutrition starting one month after planting.
- Harvest strawberries in the cool of morning once fruits become a glossy ruby red. Leave a small portion of the stem attached to the fruit.
Look no further than your deck or backyard to find a spot for growing strawberries. These versatile fruits grow happily in containers or beds, and are easy to grow. There are two main types of strawberries. Junebearing varieties produce berries all at once, usually over a three-week period. In zones 5 and colder, fruit is usually ripe in June, but in warmer regions berries are ready sooner—as early as February in Florida. Everbearing varieties typically bear heavy crops in late spring and late summer or early fall, with lighter crops in between.
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 Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose In-Ground Soil into the top 6 inches of native soil. In raised beds, blend equal parts garden soil and Miracle-Gro® Performance Organics® All Purpose Container Mix, or use 100 percent organic Miracle-Gro® Raised Bed Soil. Both In-Ground Soil and Container Mix are enriched with aged compost that provides ideal organic nutrition to get strawberries off to a strong start.
If you're planting strawberries in containers, use a pot or hanging basket that's at least 10 inches across, and fill it with Container Mix. A traditional strawberry jar with pockets also works well for growing strawberries.
The best time of year for planting strawberries depends on where you live. Spring is ideal in cold-winter regions, fall in warmer regions.
The easiest way to grow strawberries is to plant strong, vigorous young plants like those from Bonnie 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.