Heeling In Before Planting - Knowledgebase Question

Plantsville, CT
Question by ROGER06479
March 28, 2001
HOW DO YOU HEEL IN STRAWBERRY PLANTS BEFORE PLANTING?


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Answer from NGA
March 28, 2001

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Certainly it is best to plant them immediately, the plants are very cold tolerant and do best if allowed to come out of dormancy naturally with the season. However, if this is impossible, you can most efficiently heel them in or plant them temporarily in a sort of trench. Prepare the soil, mark a furrow or shallow trench, then drape the plants so that their roots will be covered. Make sure their crowns are at soil level, not too high and not too low. Fill in the trench , mulch over the roots but not the crowns, and that's it. Move them to their permanent location as soon as possible so they do not take root in the temporary location.

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