Planting strawberries

The promise of sun-warmed, home-grown strawberries lifts the spirits. Read our guide on how to grow your own

Strawberry planting season runs from September until April. There are two ways to do this, depending on whether you're already growing strawberries or not.

Out with the old

If you have an existing, well-established strawberry patch that's a bit overgrown and overcrowded, dig up the plants. Save only the youngest and most vigorous looking plants – don't be afraid to pull apart mature clumps. Discard old, weak and dead bits and replant the healthiest ones into fresh ground, at least 30cm (1ft) apart.

In with the new

You can buy strawberries as bare-rooted runners in autumn from nurseries, mail order companies and fruit specialists. Runners look like little pieces of roots with very few leaves. Don’t be alarmed, this is how they should look!  They should, ideally, be planted as soon as possible (avoid planting in midwinter when the ground is wet and cold).

Strawberries are traditionally grown in rows directly into garden soil. In poor soils grow in raised beds, which improves drainage and increases rooting depth. Alternatively, try growing in containers or growing-bags. You can even grow strawberries in hanging baskets or whatever containers come to hand.

Why choose bare-root?

  • Many specialist nurseries only supply fruit bare-root. You'll get the widest choice of varieties direct from the grower.
  • Bare-root stock is often cheaper as there's no compost or pots to pay for. It's also less expensive to transport, keeping postage and packaging charges down.
  • Environmentally-speaking, bare-root is by far the best way to buy new plants. This is because it avoids both peat and plastic use, both of which have a high ecological cost.

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