By Jordan Laio, Hometalk
Strawberries are one of the gardener’s favorite crops. There is no comparing a fresh-picked, homegrown strawberry to most supermarket fare. Strawberries are also one of the fruits which require a small amount of space but can produce abundantly.
Like other berries, most strawberries are perennials, which means their roots stay from year to year and expand with each passing year, although any particular plant will begin to decline after about two or three years. On the other hand, some types will not even produce fruit in the first year they are planted. So, keep this in mind when choosing which strawberries you will plant.
When to Plant Strawberries
Spring is the perfect time to plant strawberries, but not the only time. Depending on what type of strawberries you plant, they may produce their first summer or they may need an overwintering period in order to start producing their second summer.
If you want fruit in your first season, make sure you buy “dayneutral” or “everbearer” types of strawberries, which can produce in their first summer, although be patient as it can take up to 12 weeks from the date of planting for fruit to form. Also, you can buy mature potted plants which will be ready to produce. If choosing Junebearing-type plants, they will produce their second summer.
While they don’t provide instant gratification, Junebearers are reputed to produce the most flavorful strawberries, so the wait may be worth it.