By Lillian Webster

Strawberries can be grown in most parts of West Virginia. During the winter, the plants should be continually cultivated when possible, and mulch should be applied. New plants can go into the ground in the spring.

Strawberries should be planted before the rainy season begins in West Virginia. The best time to set the plants is between mid-March and mid-April. If you need to store the plants before setting them in the ground, they are best kept in a cool basement.

Strawberries will bear fruit about one month after the first bloom, typically in late May. Berries should be harvested about every other day, for a total of about seven pickings.

Strawberries thrive in a soil with a pH level of at least 5.0 — ideally, the pH will be between 5.8 and 6.5. The soil should be plowed or tilled as soon as possible after March 1 in preparation for strawberry planting. If applying fertilizer, use a 5-10-10 formula.