Caring For Your Strawberry Plants on Arrival

Caring For Your Strawberry Plants on Arrival

When You Receive Your Shipment: Bare root plant material needs to be handled efficiently in order to promote the best health and survival rate. Pay close attention to keeping stock cool, roots moist and protected from direct sunlight, until planted, to ensure best results.

Before Planting: Keep roots moist, cool and in the dark. Roots should be soaked before planting a minimum of 4 to 6 hours to ensure proper hydration. If possible, continue to soak roots while transplanting. Plants should be transplanted within 24 to 48 hours of receiving them. Do not soak longer than overnight since plant roots need oxygen too. Do not use tap water direct from the tap. Why no tap water? Tap water has chlorine which is not good tor the plant.  Let the tap water sit out on the counter over night to allow the chlorine to dissipate.

Root Pruning: Prune roots 1/2″ to 1″ with sharp pruning shears. Why prune roots? This encourages growth and branching of the root system.

The Hole: Dig a hole wide enough so the roots aren’t crowded or bent and as deep as the root system. Place the plant in the hole and spread the roots evenly. Position the plant so the line between the root and stem (called the crown line) is at ground level and the plant is vertical.

Watering In: Once the system is assembled water in your strawberry plants with about one half cup of your strawberry formula working solution.

The first two weeks after planting will be the most crucial to survival, so keep your plant material properly irrigated.

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