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Allstar Strawberry Plants. Strawberries are a fruit high in vitamin C and are tasty additions to smoothies, green salads, fruit salads, and deserts.  Our favorite strawberry variety is the June bearing variety: Allstar.  It is both sweet, and seems to be a more disease resistant variety.  If given suitable conditions, they are prolific and hardy.

*2017 available Plants - Check “Harvest Update” for current availability.


GARDENING CARE:


LIGHT: Full Sun. Afternoon shade is permissible.  If you are growing in an apartment balcony, give it the most sun you can offer it.  The more sun the higher the yield.)


SOIL: Moderate – Rich.  Organic matter and age manure are perfect for soil preparation!!  Raise beds are recommended for ideal health and growth.  Also, with the looser soil, the strawberries will multiply more quickly so that your patch will grow =)  When situating your strawberry plant, be sure that the “crown” sits above the soil.  The crown is the very base of the plant above the roots. After planting, mulch your strawberries.  Not only does it help keep your plants moist, but it aids in reducing mud and manure on the leaves which can cause disease for most plants. Straw is a good choice for mulch and is also useful for winter protection of the plants.


Finally, try to select a planting site where you haven’t grown tomatoes, peppers, eggplant, or potatoes in awhile. These vegetable plants share many of the same soil and leaf diseases. If you are using a pot, just wash it if you previously grew tomatoes or peppers in it.  


WATER: Keep moist but not soggy and waterlogged. Mulching helps retain moisture.


GROUND PLANTING: Yes.  Raised beds are ideal.


POTTED: Yes (Again, mulching is helpful)  


As landscaping: To grow a strawberry ground cover, you will need to space the mother plants in a grid of either 1 x 1 foot or 2 x 2 feet.  For their first year, the patch will probably need regular weeding; but maintenance should become minimal after the plants are established.  If your main goal for strawberries is the fruit, it should be noted that strawberries plants grown as a ground cover may not produce quite as much fruit as those grown in rows.  


Anti-companion plants:  Avoid planting strawberries near: broccoli, brussels sprouts, cabbage, cauliflower, collard greens, kale as it is said that these plants may react negatively when planted in close proximity to strawberries.



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