PLANTING STEP BY STEP
- Soak crowns (roots/plants) in water or compost tea for 20 minutes to 1 hour before planting.
- Dig a trench for each row. 24-36 inches wide, 6-10 inches deep. Rows 48 inches apart. (Center to Center)
- Break up and mix soil dug from trench with compost and/or loose soil.
- Add ALL mixed soil back into trench forming a “hill”. The hill should be 24 inches wide. (Your Row Width)
- Plant crowns (roots/plants) 12-18 inches apart on each side of this hill.
- Crowns should be covered to the center point. All roots covered. Half of the crown sticking out of the soil.
- Water rows well to help get plants started.
- Mulch if desired. (Straw or Wood Chips)
- Pinch blooms off first year. This will mean healthier plants in successive years, larger harvests.
- Water regularly, evenly. About 1 inch per week. If mulched well, established plants will need less water.
- Weed beds regularly. Remove runners (daughter plants) as needed to prevent overcrowding.
- In fall cut all dead foliage back. Cover plants with 1-2 inches compost and 1-2 inches straw/pine/wood mulch for winter.
- Remove mulch in spring uncovering plants. Spread remaining compost left under the mulch you remove.
- Add new straw for grow season if desired. Straw or other mulch will help keep fruit off soil preventing rot.
PESTS & DISEASES
- Japanese Beetles
- Spider Mites
- Grey Mold
- Powdery Mildew
HARVEST & STORAGE
- Harvest 4-6 weeks after blooming starts.
- Junebearing plants will produce all fruit at once, around June. Everbearing will produce fruit all summer and fall.
- Check plants every few days, over ripened fruit will rot and attract pests.
- Cut berries by stem. Pulling berries can damage plants.
- Store fresh unwashed berries in refrigerator for 3-7 days.
- Frozen whole berries store for 2-3+ months. Freeze washed in bags.