The Allstar strawberry is a June bearing cultivar that's easy to grow and yields plump, sweet berries. The matting row system is a favored method for growing Allstar strawberries in a home garden. Improve your chances of a bountiful harvest by keeping the Allstar strawberry plants adequately spaced. When the plants are crowded, berries may be smaller and rotting can occur. Well fertilized soil and proper care can yield strawberries for up to four years from the same patch.
Things You'll Need
- 10-10-10 fertilizer
- Lightweight blanket
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Choose a section of yard with a minimum of six hours per day of full sun exposure. Prepare soil a season before planting. Apply 1 lb. of 10-10-10 fertilizer for every 100 square feet of garden. Till or dig the soil 6 to 8 inches deep to fertilize. Plant Allstar strawberries during March or April. Plant on a cool and cloudy day or in late afternoon.
Trim Allstar strawberry roots before planting, if they are longer than 4 inches. Take a shovel, dig a hole and place roots in a vertical alignment. Cover the plant with soil, leaving the crown exposed. Place Allstar strawberry plants one to two feet apart in rows. Leave a 2-foot-wide open section between rows. Apply 1 inch of water each week.
Remove Allstar strawberries venturing between rows with a tiller or hoe. Clip plant runners extending more than six inches toward another plant with clean clippers or loppers. Cut blossoms to improve runner production. Apply disinfectant to the cutting tools after each use. Pick strawberries in June when fully developed.
Renovate the Allstar strawberry patch in July, following the harvest. Mow the patch to eliminate foliage. Trim leaves to 1 inch over the crowns. Rake the garden, preserving healthy leaves to work into the soil. Apply 1 lb. of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet. Add 1 inch of water per week. Till or hoe to create one foot of space between rows. Remove weeds and trim vines. Leave six inches between plants.
Cover strawberry plants with mulch during winter. Top with a sheet or lightweight blanket when frost is anticipated. Remove mulch covering the plants in early spring, but leave it over the space between rows until the risk of frost has passed.