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Annette11-Sep-06 10:53 AM EST 5b   
Colleen11-Sep-06 09:35 PM EST 2b   

Subject: Making a Strawberry Patch
From: Annette
Zone: 5b
Date: 11-Sep-06 10:53 AM EST

I have 24 strawberry plants currently planted in strawberry pots. How do I make a strawberry patch before I loose them over the winter? Can anyone help me with this?

Subject: RE: Making a Strawberry Patch
From: Colleen (
Zone: 2b
Date: 11-Sep-06 09:35 PM EST

Your plants should transplant very nicely from pots. In your zone, you probably don't even have to mulch them for the winter. Strawberries go very easily so you don't have to give them special care but if you have any compost to add to the holes you will have to dig for the plants, that will be a bonus. Dig holes to plant them in the ground at the same level they are in the pots. Since the strawberries will send out runners in the spring, they don't have to be planted close together. I'd allow at least a foot or two between plants, depending on how big the area is that you are planting them. Water them well and keep them watered as long as the weather is warm. Don't water them after it gets close to freezing most nights as the plants need to settle in for winter. They can go in partial shade but don't plant them under a tree like I did--I'm going to have to put up netting over my strawberries next year because the birds got mine this year.

If you have any specific questions that I haven't answered, make another post and I'll try to answer them.

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