How to Start Strawberries

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Every journey begins with a single step - and that statement is especially true of strawberry gardening. Find out how to properly start strawberries with help from the founder of Gardenerd.com in this free video clip.

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Hi, I'm Christy Wilhelmi with Gardenerd, and I'm going to show you how to start strawberries. There are a couple of ways to do it. You can start them from seed, it just takes a really long time and your patience. So if you want to start them from seed you can buy seeds from the nursery in packets or you can order them online. Or you can try scraping them off the outside of the strawberry of an actual strawberry because strawberries are the only fruit with seeds that are on the outside. So if you scrape those off you would press them into a paper towel and keep that moist and germinate them from there and then transplant those out. If you plant them in the ground from seed you just barely, barely, barely cover them with soil and it can take months for them to germinate, so patience is a virtue on that one. Or you can save yourself about two months or so and buy them from nursery stock at the nursery or order crowns online. Strawberry crown is the bare root strawberry that has the foliage is pretty much in dormant stage so it's just going to have the place where the roots come together in the root and those get planted in fall or winter and then they start to stand up foliage right away and by spring you'll have strawberries. Now when you get them from the nursery, you'll find them in four inch pots like this or six packs and the easiest thing to do is just squeeze like that and the soil will loosen and then flip it over in your hand and the pot the whole root ball will come out in your hand and then what I like to do is tease the roots apart a little bit because that gives them a new direction to grow instead of round and round in their pot and you're going to plant them in the soil that has been amended with compost. You want to add at least an inch of compost to your soil if it hasn't been worked before and or more. It depends on what kind of soil you have. If you have clay soil then you need to add a lot of organic matter to break it up because strawberries like a lot of organic matter to feed upon. So you'll plant that and when you plant it you want to make sure that crown is above the soil level so bury the roots but not the crown because the crown can rot and why plant strawberries if they're going to rot? So then I like to water with kelp emulsion because that helps them overcome transplant shock and over time you'll see them start to send up new growth and flowers. And you have to pinch off the flowers for the first couple of months in order to get the plants to establish a strong root system and then they can provide you with flowers thereafter and fruit. So that's how to start strawberries. I'm Christy Wilhelmi from Gardenerd.

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