Planting Instructions by Flower Name
- Hardy Zones: 4-8
- Spacing: 12-18"
- Height: 6-8"
- Fruits: early summer
- Planting Depth: crown just above soil surface
Early Glow Strawberries
Strawberries are in the rose family, Rosaceae, and are native to temperate areas of the Northern Hemisphere. Early Glow is a ‘June bearing’ variety, meaning it will produce one large crop over a two to three week period early in the summer. You can expect ripe fruit about one month after the plants bloom. Early Glow produces small to medium sized berries that freeze well and have excellent flavor. It is a good choice for beginners.
Plant as soon as possible. You can store the plants for up to one week if they are kept cool and moist. Barely moisten the roots and wrap them loosely in a damp paper towel. Put the plants into a plastic bag (do not seal) and refrigerate. Do not let them freeze or dry out. Soak the roots in lukewarm water for one hour before planting. Trim the roots with scissors so they trail no more than 4-5” from the crown. The crown is where the roots meet and the top growth begins.
Strawberries require full sun and excellent drainage, and grow best in raised beds or mounded garden soil. Prepare your soil by mixing in compost and granular fertilizer, following the rate on the fertilizer package. Plant the roots with the crown just above the soil surface, fanning the roots out in the soil. Gently firm the soil around the roots and do not leave any air pockets. Space plants 12 to 18” apart, to allow room for plants to develop. Water well. Mulch around the plants with straw to retain moisture, keep the fruit clean, and minimize weeds and disease. If possible, plant on a cloudy day or in the late afternoon to reduce stress on the plants.
Water as needed to keep the soil moist, but not soggy. Fertilize every ten days while the plants are fruiting. Otherwise, once a month is sufficient. Strawberries prefer a fertilizer high in potassium, such as a tomato fertilizer. Within 4 to 5 weeks, the plants will produce stolons, or runners, and new ‘baby’ plants. Space the baby plants evenly around the mother plant. The mother plants generally live two to three years, after which fruiting decreases. To keep your strawberry patch producing, thin the planting by removing the mother plants after 2 to 3 years and replacing with the baby plants.
Early Glow is hardy in USDA zones 4-8, but benefits from mulching. Apply a 3-4” thick layer of straw over the plants after a few good frosts. Remove the mulch in the spring when you see signs of growth. Strawberries are sensitive to spring frosts. If in danger of frost, cover the plants overnight with garden row covers, sheets, or mulch. You may leave some winter mulch between the plants to use as a protective cover when needed.