When Do You Plant Strawberries In Arkansas

What strawberries grow best in Arkansas?

Earliglow is the earliest of the recommended varieties for Arkansas. Its major disadvantage is small fruit size on non-primary berries. Noreaster is another early ripening variety with red stele root rot resistance. The fruit is large and firm and ripens just after Earliglow.

How long does it take to get fruit from a strawberry plant?

Fruit is typically ready for harvesting 4-6 weeks after blossoming. Harvest only fully red (ripe) berries, and pick every three days. Cut by the stem; do not pull the berry or you could damage the plant. For June-bearer strawberries, the harvest will last up to 3 weeks.

When should you plant a strawberry bush?

For spring planting, as soon as the soil is dry and able to be worked (usually March or April), you should plant your strawberries. The plants need to be well-established before the temperatures rise in the summer months.

Do strawberries require a lot of water?

Watering. Strawberry plants need regular water to thrive, especially during fruit bearing season, when they need an average of 1-2 inches of water daily. The best way to water strawberries is to use drip or soaker hose placed at least two inches away from the plant.

Should I cut runners off strawberry plants?

Strawberry Runners

Each runner has a tiny plant at its end and these can be rooted and grown on to produce new plants. Runners take a lot of the plant's energy to produce, so in the first two years of life they should be cut off from where they emerge to concentrate the plant's efforts on fruit production.

How many strawberries can I plant for a family of 4?

To grow enough berries -- 20 pounds -- to feed a typical family of four, the Louisiana State University Extension office recommends planting a 15-foot row of strawberries. With June-bearing plants grown in a matted-row system and spaced 18 inches apart, you will need 10 plants.

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