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How to Grow Strawberries at Home from Roots


Date Posted: May 2, 2017

Seeds of the Month Club by Mike the Gardener How to Grow Strawberries at Home from Roots
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My younger son loves eating strawberries so it would make complete sense that we would expand our strawberry bed here on the “farm”. One of the easiest ways on how to grow strawberries at home is from roots. Your strawberries will produce much quicker than if you used seeds, and many strawberry varieties that you get in root stock form are ever-bearing perennials that usually yield two harvests per year (varieties may differ).

I have nothing against starting your strawberries from seeds of course. It’s a big money saver. You can grab a pack of strawberry seeds for a few bucks and get up to 500 seeds in the pack. The downfall is time. It will take more time for the plants to produce. I decided to go with the strawberry root stock to get strawberries this year.

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Which Varieties of Strawberries to Grow

For this strawberry bed expansion project I chose three different plants. Ozark Beauty, Sequoia, and Quinault. All three are perennials that produce large vibrant red strawberries that are very sweet that yield two harvests each season.

Condition the Soil in Your Strawberry Bed

Before I started planting the strawberry root stock I conditioned my soil with plenty of compost. I didn’t show this step in the video, but you can take a look at some of my other videos to see how I do that. Basically, I add compost to the garden bed, then using my tiller, I mix it in. I want to make sure that the soil is friable and has plenty of nutrients.

Lay Down a Weed Barrier in Your Strawberry Bed

I hate weeds as I am sure you do as well. For my perennial plants, in this case, my strawberries, I like to use weed blocker. It is a permanent weed blocking material that will last for many seasons, that is permeable, allowing water and fertilizers through, while prohibiting a lot of weeds from coming growing.

How to Grow Strawberries at Home


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Planting the Strawberry Roots Using the Square Foot Gardening Method

I have become a big fan of the square foot gardening method as of late. Not that I had anything against square foot gardening before, it`s just that, I have found I am able to get a more “cleaner” look in my garden when everything is evenly spaced. More production doesn’t hurt either.

Using the square foot gardening method, and a really cool template tool called the seeding square, you can plant four strawberry plants per square foot. I was able to expand my strawberry bed by forty-eight plants. That’s a whole lot of strawberries!

The spacing for strawberries is the same whether you are using strawberry seeds or strawberry roots.

Add Mulch to Your Strawberry Bed

With the strawberry roots planted (see the accompanying video), you will need to add some mulch on top of the weed blocker. Mulch provides a wide range of benefits, and the choice of mulches are endless. I am using an organic liquorice root that I purchased through a local boy scouts fundraiser. Straw works great as well.

You want to spread your mulch out evenly and want it to be about two to three inches thick for best results. Mulch will assist in keeping the weeds down as well as control moisture so you don’t have to water your strawberry bed that often.

Strawberries are one of the easier fruits to grow. They require sun, an even watering and a bi-weekly feeding with a good organic fertilizer. Just make sure you choose varieties of strawberries that yield multiple harvests per season.

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Mike Podlesny is the author of the book Vegetable Gardening for the Average Person as well as the creator of the Seeds of the Month Club where members receive non gmo, heirloom variety seeds every month. You can listen to Mike each week on the Vegetable Gardening Podcast where he interviews gardening industry experts. Don`t forget to link up with Mike on Twitter, Instagram, Pinterest and Facebook.




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