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Planting - Strawberries

Planting Information

Seeding Rate Per Foot Strawberries are not generally planted from seed.
Seeds Per Ounce Strawberries are not generally planted from seed.
Space Between Plants 6" between plants -- pick off the runners as they start to develop. Single rows, place plants 6
Planting Depth Plant at crown depth covering roots and taking care not to cover the crown of the plant with soil.
Plant Height short
Plant Types Everbearing (day neutral) June Bearing
Favorite Varieties Everbearing:

Quinalt - a hardy variety with large, soft tender fruits. Fruit develops in warm weather. Produces many runners.

Tribute - berries are firm, medium to large fruit.

Hecker - this variety produces several flushes of berries during the growing season.

Brighton - not as productive nor as flavorful as Hecker.

June Bearing

Tioga - excellent berry that adapts to a variety of growing conditions. Berries are large, flavorful and firm.

Guardian - excellent fresh flavor and resistant to verticillium wilt, leaf scorch and mildew.

Hood - a mid-season berry with excellent flavor. Plant is well-adapted to Utah but does not produce as prolifically as some other varieties.

Shuksan - a very cold hardy with a somewhat tart berry. Excellent for freezing.

Seed Viability (Years) Started from runners. Not typically started from seeds.
Seed Germination Not applicable
Germination Time Not applicable

Planting Instructions

Strawberries prefer a well-drained, organically rich, fertile soil, but they will adapt to nearly any type of soil. However, they must have adequate drainage. If you have heavy clay soil, try raising strawberries in raised beds to help provide that much-needed drainage.

Before planting strawberries, work 2" to 6" of organic material into the soil to help loosen it. Apply 4 to 8 cups of nitrogen fertilizer (21-0-0 analysis) per 100 square feet to help break down the organic material.

Purchase either bare root or potted plants. Bare roots should be planted by placing the crown of the plant barely above the ground line. When planting, be careful to spread roots out in the hole. If a potted plant is root-bound, break up the root mass by slicing up part way through the root ball from the bottom. Place the plant at the same level as it was in the pot.

For best results, remove the flowers for the first year to force the strength into the plant.

Strawberries are well adapted to container planting. Strawberry pots have holes in the sides for placing the plants which grow and send out runners to hang down from the pot and root in other holes. This vertical planting method can be productive without taking up much space.





The average strawberry produces about 200 seeds.

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