I grow my plants on my back patio porch in pots. I don't want my stawberry plant to die this winter. What should I do with a strawberry plant to make it last through winter?
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I planted strawberries in 3 milk crates, the plastic kind about 16" x 16" x 16." The plants are coming through the sides and top. How would I winterize these containers and how much of the plants should I cut back?
If they are in danger of freezing be sure to mulch them heavily.
I have my strawberries in a small border, about 12 plants in all. They seem to survive in the winter - have them 3 years. I live in Northern Ireland. I just cut off any old yellow leaves. This year I planted the runners to make new plants as they only do about 3 years. Hope this helps.
I can overwinter my potted strawberries in an unheated garage or heated (to 40 degrees) garage. Which is best? Do I need to add straw? Do I water at all or let them go completely dormant? Live in Minnesota, so cold winters. Thanks.
Temperatures below 16-20 degrees F can kill strawberry plants if they're not protected, so if your unheated garage gets below this temperature during the winter, I'd recommend using the garage heated to 40 degrees. The other option is to add protection in the unheated garage by placing straw over and around the containers, then wrap with burlap to keep the straw in. Or if available, the containers can be placed in larger containers filled with straw.
Strawberries do benefit from cool temperatures to induce a dormant period in the winter, but I think 40 degrees in your heated garage is low enough to induce dormancy. In that case no straw is needed.
Keep your strawberries in the dark and water them only sparingly (enough to keep the soil from completely drying out) through the winter.
I live in Maryland. Our winters are pretty cold. Will these berries freeze out in winter? Can I leave my buckets out or do I have to put them in the garage?
Depending on your location in Maryland your growing zone is from 5b to 8a.
Use these links to determine when to plant and how to care for your container Strawberries.
Contact your local County Extension Office for a list of varieties that would be successful in your region.
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I bought some seeds of wild berries. It grows nice last year. I plant it in new pots this year. It grows nice too.It has fruits but tastes bitter. Gosia
Some varieties have better flavor then others.
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I am planning on keeping my potted strawberry plants in an unheated section of my basement where the absolute coldest temps of the winter might go down to 45 degrees in the most extreme conditions. My question refers to the need to water the plants during these winter months. Is it necessary to water the plants at all over the winter....if so....how much and how often?
Just make sure the soil doesn't dry completely out. A small amount of water can be added to the soil to just keep it from cracking. Too much moisture cold rot the roots.
Hi there I am currently growing strawberry plants in my green house. I have had several strawberries grow, with one or two being attacked by pests / insects. But recently i am getting a lot of foliage but no strawberries. Any recommendations would be greatly appreciated. Also i have recently potted a few strawberry plants in one of my hanging baskets, is it normal for the plants to wilt after re potting ?
Growing strawberries in a greenhouse or conservatory can produce fruit up to a month earlier than usual. For growing strawberries indoors it’s best to plant each strawberry plant into a (6") pot of general multipurpose compost.
Strawberry plants need to be left outside for the autumn and winter as they require a chill period to initiate flowering. From February you can bring the plants indoors to a bright position and water as needed. Take care not to let the temperature rise above 60 degrees F, as this will inhibit flowering. You’ll also need to pollinate the flowers by hand. To do this, lightly brush a soft paint brush around the central yellow part of each of the flowers. Remember to feed your plants with a balanced fertilizer every two weeks until flowering begins, at which point you should switch to a high-potash liquid fertilizer for the best fruiting.
The soil in your hanging basket does look wet, so make sure the soil is well draining. If it doesn't drain or is heavy, the roots may die.