Fruit and Vegetables
When do I plant strawberry plants?
Strawberries should be planted as early as possible in April or early May, once the soil is thawed and warm. Ensure the roots are kept damp while in storage and prior to planting. Choosing a cool, overcast day to plant to minimizes the stress on the plants. When planting, place the mid-point of the crown level with the soil. This prevents the plant from drying out (which can happen if it is planted too shallow) or from rotting (which can happen if it is planted too deep). Firm the soil around the roots and create a ring around the plant, about 15 cm away, to trap water. Water well. To encourage the plant to establish roots and grow leaves, remove flowers for the first 2-3 weeks and apply a starter fertilizer solution, (10-30-10 or 10-52-10) at 1.5 ml per litre of water. New plants should be protected from frost.
Read the Agricultural Alberta AGRI-FACTS Strawberries in Alberta for more information about growing strawberries.