Strawberries from Gardens Alive!
Strawberries are some of the most rewarding small fruits to grow--and nothing beats the flavor of a sun-ripened, freshly picked strawberry from the garden. Our team at Gardens Alive! grows a lot of strawberry varieties to find the most flavorful for home gardeners. Our strawberry plants for sale represent the best Junebearing and everbearing varieties available.
Choosing the Right Strawberry Plants
How do you choose the best strawberries for your garden? First, select strawberry varieties that grow in your grow zone. Next, consider whether you want a Junebearing or everbearing variety. Junebearing strawberries produce one big crop of berries over a few weeks' time (often in June). These are usually favored by gardeners who want a lot of berries for jams, preserves or freezing, as well eating fresh. Everbearing strawberries produce about three smaller crops over a period of several months. While Junebearing varieties usually have a lot of runners, everbearing ones don't have as many. You'll also want to consider the berry size. While all varieties that Gardens Alive! offer produce flavorful berries, some produce larger berries than others.
Strawberries: Getting the Most out of Your Purchase
To grow strawberry plants successfully, site selection is important. Strawberries need full sun (6 hours or more of direct sunlight daily) and fertile, well-drained soil. If growing strawberry plants in containers, make sure the plants have plenty of room and avoid overcrowding them.
If planting bareroot strawberry plants, the best time to plant is in early spring when the soil can be worked. If planting bareroot plants, soak the roots in water for about an hour before planting. Before planting, work fertilizer into the soil. We recommend Strawberries Alive!™ Strawberry Fertilizer, an all-natural plant food. Dig a hole large enough to accommodate the roots and fill in the soil so it's just covering the top of the roots, but not the crown of the plant.
How to Plant Strawberry Seeds
Growing strawberries from seed lengthens the time from planting to harvest. Start strawberry seeds indoors in early spring. After danger of frost has passed, the seedlings can be transplanted outdoors to the garden or a larger container.
When to Plant Strawberries
Bareroot strawberry plants can be planted in the spring when the ground is still cool and moist.
Where to Plant StrawberriesPlant strawberries where they will receive direct sunlight for at least 6 hours a day. They also prefer well-drained soil that is rich in organic matter.
How to Grow and Care for StrawberriesIf growing Junebearing strawberries, we recommend pinching off the blossoms during the first year. This allows the plants' energies to go into root development and foliage production. If growing everbearing strawberries, pinch the blossoms during the first year until June. Because strawberries are heavy feeders, we recommend applying a natural fertilizer like Strawberries Alive! after the plants' June berry production.
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