Strawberry Planting Guide

Spring brings forth visions of harvest in the minds of home gardeners everywhere as they look at freshly planted gardens.  As most gardeners know, everything does best when planted at its optimal time.  Planting strawberries is no different.  This strawberry planting guide will show you when you should put your strawberry plants in the ground.  If you haven’t yet purchased any, you can follow this link to buy strawberry plants.

The following table tells you when to plant strawberry plants according to the U.S. agricultural zones:

Strawberry Planting Guide: When to Plant Strawberry Plants

The following table lists the date ranges when you should plant strawberries according to USDA zones.  The higher the number, the closer the zone is to the equator.  Each zone has unique climactic properties, and following this strawberry planting schedule will help you maximize your harvest.  For more, see the Growing Strawberries reference page.

USDA Agricultural ZonePlant Strawberries From:Plant Strawberries Until:
Zone 10DecemberFebruary
Zone 9DecemberFebruary
Zone 8DecemberMiddle of March
Zone 7DecemberEarly April
Zone 6Early MarchMiddle of April
Zone 5Early AprilEarly May
Zone 4Early MayMiddle of May
Zone 3Early MayMiddle of May


strawberry planting guide

Strawberry Planting Guide: Conclusion

It is important to remember that planting strawberries during the appropriate time window is only half the battle, and late frosts generally won’t do any significant damage to strawberry plants.  It is also important to select a cultivar that is well suited for your area.  To learn more about the options, visit the Strawberry Varieties reference page, find out which ones are recommended for your state on the Recommended Strawberry Varieties, or just go with one of the tried and true Popular Strawberry Varieties.  And good luck!


24 comments to Strawberry Planting Guide

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Honeoye strawberries should do excellently there. Good luck!

  • Ted

    I live in the middle of Iowa what would be the best kind of strawberry plants to plant?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    See the recommendations for Louisiana. Good luck!

  • matt

    i live in Louisiana, what strawberry plant would be best for me?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Have more children.

  • billy

    my strawberrys are growing to the size of watermelons and eating my children what should I do

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Each plant needs enough soil and space to flourish in order to produce larger berries. You can dig up the younger plants (1-2 years old) and replant them. Good luck!

  • Kathy

    My Strawberries have gotten smaller over the years and my patch is crowded. Should I dig them up and replant the same ones or buy new plants. I only like large berries.

  • Mr. Strawberry

    See here: Zone 9 Strawberries. Good luck!

  • curt

    I live in zone 9 Florida. What plants would be good for container and in the garden?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Just don’t let the roots get completely dried out. If you ordered bare root plants, you should have gotten instructions with them. If not, you can get some sand and moisten it and keep the roots in the moist sand until you are ready to plant. If you got plugs or potted plants, just keep them inside and watered until you are ready to plant them outside. Good luck!

  • Jean

    Live in upstate New York. Still averaging 40 degrees in daytime. Rec’d my strawberry plants but think it’s too cold to plant as they’ll freeze. How do I keep them alive?

  • Straw Berry

    Yes, you can separate or transplant them. See the Transplanting Strawberries page for help. Good luck!

  • Dee

    I live in SC..I have had my strawberries in the ground since last season. Can I safely seperate some of the plants? THey look crowded..multiple plants came in ea.container last yr.

  • Straw Berry

    Chandler does better in hot climates than many others do, but Phoenix isn’t the ideal place to grow them. For help there, see here: growing strawberries. Good luck!

  • jess

    hi i want to plant strawberries here is phoenix arizona! what’s the best type to plant and do i plant them in the sun or shade? also what time should i plant them?
    i saw some sequoia strawberry plants at the farmers market today, is that a good one?

  • Straw Berry

    tim hawkins,
    You will likely have some trouble with heat and sandy soil. You’ll need to amend the soil to add more organic matter. See the Growing Strawberries Guide for more information. You might have the best results with Chandler. Good luck!

  • tim hawkins

    could you tell me what brand strawberry plant will do best in zone 10 sw florida sandy soil?
    thx tim

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Hamilton King,
    I would recommend using raised beds filled with higher-quality soil. Of course, if you have land that can be co-opted for growing strawberries, that is an acceptable solution also. Good luck!

  • Hamilton King

    Hello, I live in tenn so growing here is easy enough, but I live in a very shaded mountain with pretty poor, rocky soil. Would you recommend a raised bed or should i look more into co opting land?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    Javier Alvarez,
    Unfortunately, Puerto Rico does not have a climate that is conducive to growing strawberries. You might want to try growing strawberries during the shorter days when it is cooler, but for that you’ll need a short-day variety (use the search box at the top of this page to find more information on those). If you are going to try to grow them during the summer, you might have difficulty. Chandler is one of the more heat-tolerant varieties, so you might want to try that one. Good luck!

  • Javier Alvarez

    I’m hoping to grow strawberries in puerto rico. Can you recommend some varieties?

  • Mr. Strawberry

    If you are set on growing strawberries in Hawaii, you may want to try one of the following varieties: Eversweet, Quinault, Seascape. Although strawberries are grown commercially on the Islands, and the Fragaria chiloensis species of strawberries grow at elevation there, they are more difficult to grow in the tropical environment and not highly recommended. The three varieties I just listed are sold in nurseries on Hawaii, so they may do better than most. Good luck!

  • mike

    hi i live in hawaii and i wanted to grow strawberries, could you help me with choosing the right type. it rains allot where i live and it does get warm too. any help would be appreciated. mahalo mike

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