Seven simple steps to planting strawberry to make sure the grow correctly.

Before you plant your strawberries you most first test the work ability of the soil(its begins to be workable around early March to early April, wish is the best time to plant strawberries to get the maximum yield. Dig a shovel full of soil and tightly squeeze a handful. If the ball of soil breaks easily, that means its ready to till.

Before planting, cut off any damaged or diseased leaves or roots from around where you will be planting.

Dig a hole for each of your plants that is large enough for it to hold the roots of the plant without crowding.

Form a mound of soil in the center of the hole and the plant seated on top of the mound with its roots pressed firmly into the soil all around the base of the mound.

Each plant should be set so that roots will be covered by the soil, but make sure the soil does not cover the small leaves that are starting to develop in the crown of the plant.

Fill the hole halfway with soil. Pour in water all around the plant to wash the soil around the roots.

Finish filling in the hole with soil and firm the earth around the plant. A basket turned over and place over the newly planted strawberries that will prevent the drying out the plant the first few days.

A damp layer of sphagnum moss or a piece of wet burlap may be placed over the receptacle containing the plants in order to prevent drying out the plant.

Everbearing strawberries are an exception to the no 1st year fruit rule. In their case, pinch off all blossoms until mid-summer of the 1st year; after that, let the plants flower naturally. By that time it be strong enough to support their fall crop without damaging itself.

From the time you first remove the strawberry pit from its container to the end of the planting process, the roots should never be exposed to sun or drying winds. If the day is sunny, the plants should be shaded at all times.

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