By Tammy Curry

Sequioa strawberries are a Junebearer plant. They bear fruit from the beginning of June until the end of July. They produce a large, medium-red strawberry. Sequioa strawberries will produce fruit 10 weeks after planting. Plants are available at garden centers in late winter as bare roots. They are in a dormant state when purchased. Once planted and the ground begins to warm they will establish root systems and begin to grow. With proper planting and care, Sequioa strawberries will produce for several years.

Create rows using a hoe to pull garden soil into small hills. Rows should be 2 feet apart.

Dig holes that are 1 foot apart along the top of each hill. The holes should be twice as wide as the plants are long. For example a 4-inch tall plant will need a hole that is 8 inches wide. Use 1 tsp. of slow release fertilizer created just for fruits and berries, available at your local garden center.

Place each individual plant into a hole, gently spreading the roots in the soil. Cover the roots with the soil from the hole. The crown, or mass at the base of the stem, should be exposed instead of covered with soil. The roots grow from the bottom of the crown.

Place straw around each plant. A 2-inch layer of straw is sufficient to keep roots warm and retain water around the base of the plants.

Water using a soaker hose. Sequioa strawberries have shallow root systems so they need frequent waterings. A soaker hose will keep the soil moist without over watering.