Strawberries are hands down one of my families favorite things to grow in our garden.
I have received hundreds and hundreds of emails in regards to growing strawberries and they all root from this one post:
Have you seen this post? It is my most popular post to date (with over 1 million views) and it really has some great information in it.
But today, I wanted to take the task of growing strawberries one step further, or should I say 3 steps further!
Don’t Make These 3 Common Mistakes When Growing Strawberries!
There are 3 critical mistakes that many gardeners make when growing strawberries. Let’s take a look at these shall we?
1. Removing Runners!
I talk about the importance of removing runners in my article Follow This One Tip In Your Garden and Get a Ton of Organic Strawberries.
So I am not going to get into the nitty-gritty here, but do know that the central plant (or the mother plant) creates runners which then will create daughter plants.
Here is what a daughter plant looks like.
Energy is taken from the mother plant to produce these daughter plants and this will in turn produce fewer strawberries.
This is why you want to remove the runners. Do note that you can successfully have 3 daughter plants to 1 mother without affecting the productivity of the plant.
2. Don’t Bury The Crown!
Crown?? What is a crown you ask? Good question. Let’s take a closer look at the picture I posted at the top of this post.
The crown is the base of the plant as shown in this picture. It is very important to leave some of the plant (or the crown) exposed out of the soil.
If you cover the crown, the plant will eventually rot and will die. So do pay close attention when planting your strawberry plant, and be sure to check out the video from Bonnie Plants below to get a good visual on how this is done.
3. Mulch, Mulch, Mulch!
Finally, it is super important to mulch around the strawberry plant. Do not miss this critical step. Strawberries like moist soil and mulching protect the plants roots and creates a super healthy plant.
An important thing to remember is that different mulches may work better in your area. For example, I live in the deep south now and we have slugs and slugs are attracted to straw, so that might not be the best fit for me.
I might use mulch like this (pictured below) or you can also use broken up leaves for thick coverage.
How To Video — Planting and Growing Strawberries
So here is a terrific video from Bonnie Plants showing you just how easy it is to grow strawberries!