strawberries - how early can I plant

m_taggart(7b)February 6, 2013

I want to get June bearing strawberries in the ground as soon as I can. I'll be removing the flowers this year, so frost damage to fruit is a non-issue. I purchased them bare root and they are currently growing in a greenhouse in deep pots.

If I put them in the ground this week under Agribon AG-19 row cover, would they do alright?

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There's still a sizeable chance for some fairly hard frosts left before the end of the year. I'd say keep them in the greenhouse and warm for another month or two, just to be safe.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:14PM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

I am NOT an expert but I think if they are well covered to prevent frost damage I would go ahead and plant if the ground isn't frozen. I don't see why not if they will be protected.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 8:35PM
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Any harm in them getting pot bound? I paid very little for them and figured they would be better off in pots than sitting in peat and packaging fora month.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 10:03PM
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dmtaylor(5a (WI))

Strawberries don't have a lot of roots, and grow very well in pots. Don't worry about them going rootbound. They'll be fine.

    Bookmark   February 6, 2013 at 11:47PM
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I'd plant them out right now, if ASAP is what you want. My assorted varieties don't mind frost, and adult plants have been fine in the ground down to 8 degrees, here.

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:26AM
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Whoops - I was thinking Sunset zones, and see that you are a zone colder, not warmer, than me. If you expect more nights below 22, say, maybe you ought to wait.

I should not post when I am so sleepy :).

    Bookmark   February 7, 2013 at 12:29AM
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