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Growing Strawberries

Growing Strawberries

Fort Laramie Everbearing Strawberries

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Popular, low-growing fruiting perennials grown for their delicious berries eaten fresh or used frozen or in jams and desserts. Plants produce "runners", horizontal stems that form new plants. Available in Everbearing and Junebearing types. Junebearers bear fruit in spring, and are classified as early-season, mid-season, or late-season fruiting. Everbearing types bear fruit in spring, summer, and fall and usually produces fewer runners than Junebearering types. Plants are hardy in zones 4 to 8 and can be grown in containers or in garden beds. Can be planted in spring or fall. Prepare a hole large enough to fit all roots so that they are straight and not bent, with the base of the crown even with the top of the soil. 

Maintenance

For moist, well-drained soil in full sun. Benefits from mulching to help keep soil moist and berries clean. Prefers soil with high organic matter content. When spring planted, remove any flowers that appear during the first spring, to ensure that plants are well-established before fruit production begins. Fall planted Strawberry can be harvested the following season. For Everbearing types, remove runners in first season and flowers for the first 6 weeks after planting. In fall after the ground freezes, mulch with 2 to 4 inches of straw or leaves to help protect plants during winter. Remove mulch from the plants in spring when leaves begin to grow, placing it between plants and rows. Benefits from regular renovation to maintain vigor. After fruiting, renovate by removing old leaves (can trim or mow plants) and till or remove plants to narrow rows. Remove the oldest plants and leave vigorous young plants.

Fertilizer Recommendations

Use full rates of Jung's Jump Start Strawberry Food 10-52-17 (51027), Algoflash All-Purpose Liquid Fertilizer 6-6-6 (51085) or Neptune Fish & Seaweed Fertilizer 2-3-1 (51221).

Alternative Products

Other low-growing fruits are Lingonberry (30285) and Pilgrim Cranberry (30280). Blueberries are another small fruit option.

Complimentary Products

A moderate feeder, plants benefit from regular fertilization. Can be grown in a space-saving Pyramidal Terraced Garden (53310). Planting both Everbearing and Junebearing types extends the harvest season.

Product Recommendations

Use Bird-X Netting to prevent bird damage.

Strawberry Facts

Usually not significantly damaged by pests or diseases. Crown borer, rootworm, leaf rollers, mites, slugs, sap beetles, gray mold, powdery mildew, verticillium wilt, and red stele are sometimes problems. Choosing varieties that are disease-resistant and not planting in areas where Tomato or Potato were grown previously reduces disease problems. Avoid planting in low areas prone to frost, as flowers can be damaged by late frosts in spring. Cover plants with sheets or floating row covers if late frost threatens. Garden Strawberry is a hybrid of wild North American and South American species. 

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