Received my bare-root strawberries...when to plant?
I received my bare-root strawberries yesterday from Gurney's (25 each Jewel, Ozark Beauty and Fort Laramie). I am supposed to plant ASAP once received. My weather is in the teens at night and mid- to upper-30's for highs now. In the next two weeks, the temps are supposed to be mid-20's for lows and mid- to upper 30's for highs.
I will be planting these in pots that will go on my second-story deck. I called Gurney's and they tell me (after a long time on hold trying to find the answer) that I should plant them right away because the roots are genetically programmed to grow only when conditions are right, and the freezing temps won't hurt them.
I have them in my un-heated garage now. Should I leave them there for a while or should I really go ahead and plant them in these cold temps?