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Growing Strawberries in New Hampshire
This document linked below was originally created by David T. Handley, University of Maine Extension Small Fruit and Vegetable Specialist, and William G. Lord, University of New Hampshire Extension Fruit Specialist. It was published by the University of New Hampshire Cooperative Extension. This document is a valuable resource for both the beginning and experienced strawberry growers. While the specifics are tailored by the authors to growing strawberries in New Hampshire, the principles can be readily adapted to any state. The following is covered in the publication:
Selecting a Planting Site for Strawberries
1. Choosing an appropriate site is critical. The details of soil history are discussed. Avoiding soil in which certain other plants have been planted is important, as is choosing a location where the soil drains adequately and sunlight falls in abundance.
Preparation of Soil for Growing Strawberries in New Hampshire
2. Considerations for appropriate preparation of the soil is discussed and reviewed. Appropriate soil pH is reviewed, and amendments used for adjusting pH are touched upon. Additionally, fertilization types and amounts are reviewed.
New Hampshire Strawberry Varieties
3. Many strawberry varieties will grow well in New Hampshire. However, the successful growing strawberries in New Hampshire requires that the variety you select is resistant to red steele and root rots.
4. The recommended strawberry varieties for New Hampshire are listed: Earliglow, Annapolis, Cavendish, Redchief, Allstar, Jewel, Sparkle. Strawberries may be purchased by variety here.
How to Succeed throughout the Growing Process
5. Techniques for planting are covered, including the appropriate spacing. Flower removal and the treatment of strawberry runners are also discussed. Mulching and other means of protecting your strawberry plants are explained. Strawberry bed renewal and dealing with strawberry pests and diseases are also touched upon prior to a brief discussion of day-neutral and everbearing varieties.
Growing Strawberry Plants in New Hampshire: Conclusion
This publication is an important addition to the Strawberry Plants Library and should be referenced by anyone wanting to succeed in their home gardening attempts with strawberry plants. Strawberries can provide a bountiful harvest of the delicious red fruits, but a bit of education is warranted for the new grower. Even an established gardener can benefit from the information contained within the resource linked just below. Get started growing strawberries in New Hampshire today!