Growing Strawberry Plants

Fragaria : Rosaceae / the rose family

Jan F M A M J J A S O N Dec
        P P            

(Best months for growing Strawberry Plants in USA - Zone 5a regions)

  • P = Plant out (transplant) seedlings
  • Easy to grow. Plant with crown (of roots) just covered.. Best planted at soil temperatures between 50°F and 68°F. (Show °C/cm)
  • Space plants: 12 - 39 inches apart
  • Harvest in approximately 11 weeks. Strawberries bruise easily when ripe, handle carefully. Pick with a small piece of stem attached..
  • Compatible with (can grow beside): Better in a bed on their own to allow good sun and air circulation
  • Avoid growing close to: If you are using rotation beds, avoid putting strawberries where you have grown tomatoes, potatoes, peppers or eggplant

Your comments and tips

19 Apr 23, (USA - Zone 10a climate)
plant now it says
05 Apr 23, Lynda (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Which are best to grow in my zone? Thank you for your advice
01 May 23, Jane (USA - Zone 10b climate)
I just bought Fragaria “Eclair” Strawberries. They are rated 10b, so should work for you.This is my first time with them, so crossing my fingers. I also have Mara Des Bois that I have purchased have bought barefoot. I have had several of the original plants for a couple of years. I grow in pots and move around as the seasons change. Everything is going into dappled sun now. This Fla sun is fierce in the midday already. Some under a Mango tree, some near my stand of bananas. I also have some amSeascapes that have survived. Sweet Charlie’s were recommended, but didn’t do well for me. Truly, these southern zones, people treat Strawberries as annuals.
06 May 23, Celeste Archer (Canada - Zone 5a Temperate Warm Summer climate)
It amazes me that people grow strawberries in full sun -- sure they can grow there but their leaves scorch. Strawberries (most varieties) tend to be forest floor (perimeter of the forest) plants -- that is they are understory plants and tend to grow best in dappled shade. I have had people show me pictures of strawberries growing in the sand on a beach.... yes it was growing, but it was getting some relief from the sun for part of the day (it was on the side of a sand dune) .... and the leaves where still scorched and I certainly would not have called them prize specimens, survivors would be a more accurate name for them. I have grow them here in B.C. , Canada -- in the shade (some in full shade) and they do fine. The sun is not as intense as FLA (having lived in Miami and Ft. Lauderdale) - where I could not even withstand the sun .... I certainly would not expect a strawberry plant to manage.
19 Apr 23, (USA - Zone 10a climate)
Whatever you can buy for/from your area,
25 Feb 23, Dan Fachner (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I live near Phoenix, AZ. It lists our zones as 9b and 10a. WHat type of strawberry plants do yo;u reccomend for this area? Thanks.
17 Feb 23, barbara gauger (USA - Zone 9b climate)
What berries do best in 9b on the Oregon south coast?
30 Sep 22, Liliana (USA - Zone 9b climate)
I’m a newbie at growing strawberries. If I cover them for protection from the birds, won’t that interfere with insects being able to pollenate the flowers?
12 Nov 22, Julie (USA - Zone 9b climate)
You can also purchase netting at garden stores that will keep the birds out, but let sun and moisture in.
18 Nov 22, Ruth A Hersh (USA - Zone 9a climate)
netting kills birds & snakes.
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