The Q&A Archives: Wilted Strawberry Plants

Question: I bought strawberry plants early this spring from a local store before it was time to plant them out. They all ended up dying before I could plant them out. The roots had newspaper around them and that was wet but I think part of the problem was the plants got too dry. Are the roots ruined for good or could I plant them in the fall for a crop next year?

Answer: One of the down sides of being an enthusiastic gardener is that sometimes we jump the gun and try to hurry spring. Then when the weather gets cold again, we abandon our gardens for the comfort of indoors. If your strawberry plants are truely dead, they should be composted. If there's even a slight indication that they might be alive,(green buds coming from the crowns of the roots), go ahead and plant them. They may grow, and you'll never know unless you try. If they don't produce new leaves this summer, remove them and purchase new plants.

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