Growing strawberries is so rewarding because who doesn't love fresh strawberries?! Here's how to quickly grow them from bare roots.
If you are lucky enough to find some strawberry plants at your nursery center that are already established, give me your secrets.
All I ever find is strawberries being sold from bare roots.
How to plant strawberry bare roots?
- Start them in a pot. Every time I have ever planted strawberry bare roots directly into my garden, I never had any success. Since starting them in pots, there have been strawberries-a-plenty.
- Lay the roots flat. When you are placing them in the pot, lay the roots flat and have the tops of the leaves sticking out of the soil. Then, cover the roots up.
- Water down the soil with a spray bottle and then let those plants start perking up!
- (If started outside) transfer them to your garden. If you were keeping the potted strawberries outside, once they have more growth to them, you can transfer them to their final spot.
- (If started inside) slowly introduce them to the outside. While I love starting most things indoors, it does mean you have to transition them slowly to the outside. This is because the environment is very different from inside your home and outside. Bring them outside a few hours a day until gradually they are outside the entire day.
How often should you water strawberry plants?
Water your strawberry plants once a week, preferably during the morning.
Growing fruit requires a lot of nutrients, you want to have about 1 inch of water on the soil.
If it's particularly hot out, you might want to water twice a week.
Just test it with your finger, you want the soil to feel somewhat moist 1 inch deep surrounding the plants.
What kind of soil should you use to plant strawberries?
Strawberry plants like a mixture of sandy soil and top soil. This helps with draining. If your soil is already somewhat sandy, you are ready to go!
If not, just mix some soil with sand before planting.
June bearing vs Ever bearing strawberries
What's the difference?
June bearing strawberries have one high yield crop.
Ever bearing strawberries have smaller yields, but they can have multiple crops.
Where can you buy strawberry bare roots?
Most nurseries and garden centers will sell bare roots, but you can also purchase them from Etsy or Amazon.
- june bearing strawberries (bare roots) on Amazon
- ever bearing strawberries (bare roots) on Amazon
- ever bearing strawberries (bare roots) on Etsy
- June bearing strawberries (bare roots) on Etsy
Growing strawberries FAQ
They are dormant so they can be shipped easier. They are also more affordable than a well-established strawberry plant.
While it's easier to start them in pots inside, you can plant them directly into the soil outside. Just make sure it's sandy soil and there is no chance of frost anymore.
It can take about 3 months to produce berries after you first plant the bare roots. The first year won't have as many, but the second year expect a bountiful harvest!
Have any secrets to growing strawberries that I didn't mention? Leave a comment below!