Fall Strawberry Plants Reminder

fall strawberry plants reminderStrawberry plants are usually considered for new spring gardens in the middle of winter.  Cabin fever has set in, and the barren brown or snowy white landscape evokes fond thoughts of green buds springing up from the ground.  That is when most would-be gardeners start perusing the seed catalogs or surfing the internet wistfully in hopes of concocting the perfect productive plot come warmer weather.

Unfortunately, while strawberries are a universal favorite, the dead of winter is the wrong time to begin considering their cultivation if a first-year crop is what is coveted.  Instead, the previous fall is the time the planning and planting should be done.  And, that time is upon us!

For those green thumbs out there who want to see berry-laden strawberry plants this coming springtime, be preparing your strawberry garden now.  The suppliers of either bare-root strawberry plants or strawberry plugs (or actual potted plants in the case of Burpee) will be queuing up orders for either the end of September, October, or the beginning of November.

To reap a full harvest in a scant few months from now, prepare your ground and order your plants soon.  The list of locations from where you can order your plants is here: Fall Strawberry Plants.  And, if you come late and need help keeping the plants viable, be sure to review how to overwinter strawberries.  Good luck!

2 thoughts on “Fall Strawberry Plants Reminder

  1. Hello! Thanks for the awesome site! I have about 60 starts that I’ve been rooting into 4 inch plastic pots (in stages) all summer and moving to trays once they’re able to be separated from the mother plants. The trays of starts have been outside with the mother plants all summer getting daily water, and are healthy and beautiful, with nice white roots coming out the bottoms of the pots. I’m planning to overwinter the trays in the garage, and since I don’t have any ground planting space, my plan is to grow them in a gutter system in the spring. Is there any advantage to transplanting them into the gutters now (and overwintering the gutters in the garage) vs. just leaving them in the pots/trays as is, and transplanting them into the gutters in the spring? Also, does being planted in these 4 inch pots count as being “planted in the fall” so that I won’t need to pinch the flowers off next spring? I’m in WA State. Your thoughts would be most appreciated! Thanks!

    • Kelly,
      Yes, there is advantages to transplanting them into the gutter system now. The less you have to disturb your plants when they are producing strawberries (or getting geared up to produce them), the better. Also, with the roots already growing out of the bottom of your trays, you very well could lose some or even most of your plants if you overwinter them as they are. The exposed roots will serve as both a temperature and water conduit to allow the critical parts of the plant (those usually in the dirt and surrounded/insulated by it) to have heat and water drawn out. If they are in the gutter, the roots should be fully enclosed and protected, and the bottom of the gutter can be rested upon and surrounded an insulating material like newspaper or blankets, etc. Also, since you have them in the ground, you don’t have to pinch the flowers next spring. You can expect a tasty crop of strawberries! Good luck!

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