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Plant Care Instructions By Julie Bawden-Davis

This plant produces the popular strawberry fruit that we all know. A wide variety of cultivars exist and there are two main types--June bearing and everbearing. The mild weather found in this zone allows you to plant and grow everbearing strawberries throughout the year. Strawberries can be grown in the ground and containers.

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These month by month plant care tasks are for plants in the following zones :
Sunset Zones : 22, 23, 24
USDA Zones : 10a, 10b
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Plant Care Instruction

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    January
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot plants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Water

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    February
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot plants and transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    8. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    March
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    6. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    7. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    8. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    April
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants three times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    9. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries can generally be harvested starting late this month.
    May
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants three times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    9. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries can generally be harvested this month.
    June
    1. Buy

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants four times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    9. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries generally can be harvested this month.
    July
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    2. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    3. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Propagate

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, begin sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.
    8. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    9. Special requirements

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.
    August
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    2. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    3. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Propagate

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.
    8. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    9. Special requirements

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.
    September
    1. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    2. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    3. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Propagate

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.
    8. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    9. Special requirements

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.
    October
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot plants when available via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Fertilize

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.
    4. Water

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    5. Mulch

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.
    6. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    7. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    8. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    9. Propagate

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.
    10. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    11. Special requirements

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, snip all the runners from the parent plants at this time, leaving about two inches of runner on each newly formed daughter plant. Carefully dig them up with as many roots as possible. Place the plants in a thin plastic bag in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 days--keeping them away from all fruits. Take them from the refrigerator by November 5th and plant them. They will set fruit generally by March or early April.
    November
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot plants when available via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Water

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
    December
    1. Buy

    Buy bareroot plants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.
    2. Plant

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    3. Water

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.
    4. Pest/Disease Inspection

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.
    5. Treat for Pest/Disease

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.
    6. Transplant

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil. Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.
    7. Harvest

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.
  • Buy

    When's the best time to buy this plant? When can you buy these from seed (if you can)? When is it usually available? What are things to look for when you're buying it? Or anything other tidbit of information you can share!

    January

    Buy bareroot plants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    February

    Buy bareroot plants and transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    March

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    April

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    May

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    June

    Buy transplants when available in the nursery.

    October

    Buy bareroot plants when available via mail-order.

    November

    Buy bareroot plants when available via mail-order.

    December

    Buy bareroot plants when available in the nursery or via mail-order.

    Plant

    When's a good time to plant this plant or bulb? Any special planting instructions?

    January

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    February

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    March

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    April

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    May

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    June

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    October

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    November

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    December

    Plant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Plant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    Fertilize

    When should you fertilize this plant? Which kind of fertilizer do you recommend? Should you use different fertilizers at different times of year?

    February

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    March

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    April

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    May

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    June

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    July

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    August

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    September

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    October

    Feed with a fertilizer designed for acid-loving, fruiting plants once this month.

    Water

    Is there a time to reduce or increase watering? Any special requirements? Things to avoid during certain times of the year?

    January

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    February

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    March

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    April

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants three times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    May

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants three times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    June

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants four times a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    July

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    August

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    September

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    October

    Water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants daily when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    November

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    December

    In the absence of rainfall, water in-ground plants when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out. Water container plants once or twice a week when the top 1-2 inches of soil has dried out.

    Mulch

    Does this plant need to be mulched? Are there specific types of Mulch which are better for this plant? How much?

    April

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    May

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    June

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    July

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    August

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    September

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    October

    Keep fruit off the soil and maintain even soil temperature and moisture by maintaining a 1-2 inch layer of mulch around the base of the plants. Pine needles are an ideal mulch, as they keep the strawberries away from soil, discourage pests and slowly break down to acidify the soil.

    Pest/Disease Inspection

    What are the common problems this plant will face and when should you look for them to appear?

    January

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    February

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    March

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    April

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.

    May

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.

    June

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.

    July

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.

    August

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, snails and slugs and aphids.

    September

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    October

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    November

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    December

    Check plants for signs of verticillium wilt, as well as snails and slugs.

    Treat for Pest/Disease

    How do you treat the common problems for this plant? What products or concoctions or natural means do you use? Any special requirements?

    January

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    February

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    March

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    April

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.

    May

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.

    June

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.

    July

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.

    August

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs. Remove aphids with a strong spray of water. Repeat as necessary until they are gone.

    September

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    October

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    November

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    December

    Apply a sulfur-based fungicide for verticillium wilt. Prevent infection of this fungal pathogen by not planting strawberries in areas where plants from the Solanaeae family have grown within the last three years, such as tomato, potato, pepper and eggplant. Manually remove snails and slugs and destroy them. Prevent snails and slugs from getting to the fruit by mulching with pine needles, which are serrated and hurt the sticky feet of snails and slugs.

    Transplant

    When's the best time to dig up and transplant this from one spot to another? (This is different than planting). Any special requirements?

    January

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    February

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    March

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    April

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    May

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    June

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    July

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    August

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    September

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    October

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    November

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    December

    Transplant in the ground in a full-sun location with excellent drainage in soil that is on the acidic side (5.8-6.5 pH). Eastern or southern exposures are ideal. Western exposures are suitable, except for hot summer and fall months, at which point the plants will require some shade. Two weeks prior to planting, acidify the soil by amending with soil sulfur according to package directions, and break up heavy clay soil by amending with homemade or bagged compost and pumice. Amending with gypsum is also beneficial, as this is a combination of sulfur and gypsum, the latter of which breaks up clay soil.

    Transplant in containers in a high-quality organic potting soil and place in a full sun location. Most potting soils are neutral or slightly on the acidic side, so amending with soil sulfur at this point generally isn't necessary. The appropriate fertilizer will add sufficient acidity to the soil.

    Propagate

    When's a good time to divide, take cuttings, layer or propagate this plant. Any special requirements?

    July

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, begin sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.

    August

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.

    September

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.

    October

    June-bearing strawberries, such as Sequoia, will continue sending out runners this month. The runners, which are long stems with leaves and a growth tip at the end, extend from existing "mother" plants. These growth tips will eventually root and create new plants. Help the process along when you see the growth tips by rooting them in surrounding soil or small pots. After 2 to 3 weeks, the new plants will have rooted--at which point you can cut them from the mother plant.

    Harvest

    When's a good time to harvest this plant? What's the best way to harvest? Are there special requirements or features?

    January

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    February

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    March

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    April

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries can generally be harvested starting late this month.

    May

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries can generally be harvested this month.

    June

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year. June-bearing strawberries generally can be harvested this month.

    July

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    August

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    September

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    October

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    November

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    December

    Everbearing strawberries, such as Seascape, can be harvested this month and every month of the year.

    Special requirements

    Any other requirement for this plant? Is there anything that doesn't fit into the other care categories?

    July

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.

    August

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.

    September

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, rather than severing runners from the mother plants when they root, let them continue to grow attached.

    October

    If you wish to have a strong crop of June-bearing strawberries to plant for next year, snip all the runners from the parent plants at this time, leaving about two inches of runner on each newly formed daughter plant. Carefully dig them up with as many roots as possible. Place the plants in a thin plastic bag in the refrigerator for 15 to 20 days--keeping them away from all fruits. Take them from the refrigerator by November 5th and plant them. They will set fruit generally by March or early April.

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