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I Have Everbearing Strawberries And Would Like To Know What…

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I have everbearing strawberries and would like to know what fertilizer to use and when to apply.

The Gardener’s Answer

Hello, Robert: There is nothing better than fresh-picked strawberries! Everbearing varieties should give you fruit beginning in the spring throughout the fall. Strawberries should be planted in a space where they will receive at least six hours of direct sunlight. They prefer a moist but well-drained soil with a pH between 5.5-6.5. You can have your soil tested through your County Cooperative Extension Service to find out the pH of your soil. Strawberries will benefit from a nutrient-rich soil. Adding 2-3 inches of compost to the soil when you plant your berries is a good idea. A well-balanced fertilizer such as 10-10-10 can be added to the soil either in granular or liquid form once a month beginning in June through September. One pound per 100 square feet is a good ratio to follow. Bone meal and blood meal are organic options. Always follow product instructions in terms of recommended dosage because over-fertilizing will promote foliar growth but will result in fewer berries. Remember to weed around your plants and harvest your berries as soon as they are ripe.

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