Soil Requirements for Strawberries - Knowledgebase Question

Chicora, PA
Question by maggie19
August 20, 1999
What type of soil is best for growing strawberries? We have clay soil that is slightly alkaline due to the use of mushroom compost.


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Answer from NGA
August 20, 1999

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Strawberries require an acid soil with a pH between 5 and 6. They also need a very rich, well drained soil with copious amounts of organic material; ideally you would provide a light rich loam. You might want to work with your County Extension (287-4761) to determine the best amendments to add to bring your soil into acceptable condition for growing strawberries. In general it is always a good idea to add ample quantitites of organic matter and just a small amount of sand to improve clay. You may also find slightly raised beds to be helpful. Good luck with your strawberries!

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