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countrycottagemm
Jun 4, 2018 7:28 AM CST
We are getting a late start this year in our garden. I would like to start a very large strawberry patch. Right now temps are 90 and we are in zone 5B (central Illinois). Is it too late to plant a great deal of bare root strawberry plants? I know I likely will not get any fruit this year, but I would like them to grow and get established so they will produce next year. I read summer heat will be too much stress, then again read it is fine. Please advise. Thanks!
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greene
Jun 4, 2018 7:55 AM CST
If you already have the bare root plants, go ahead and plant them. They won't be any good if you wait until the 'proper' time. Pinch off all the flowers so the plants can grow a nice healthy root system. By next year you should be rolling in strawberries!
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Name: Philip Becker
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Philipwonel
Jun 4, 2018 7:58 AM CST
I'd wait till early fall, when temps cool a bit, say no more than 80 f.
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sooby
Jun 4, 2018 8:25 AM CST
The Illinois Extension articles on growing strawberries say plant in spring before it gets hot, i.e. March or April. I'm no expert on strawberries but in harsher winter climates I suspect they may not get established well enough before winter if you wait until fall. Do they have to be bare-root? You can plant container grown plants any time.
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countrycottagemm
Jun 4, 2018 10:26 AM CST
We do not have them yet. I was hoping to put them in the ground and let them get rooted for berries next year. Will it be too hot? Will them thrive? I know they will not likely produce this season. The main thing being they get rooted.
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countrycottagemm
Jun 4, 2018 10:28 AM CST
Also, I wanted to do a few hundred so already established would be too much $$$.
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Mizshelli
Jun 4, 2018 1:14 PM CST
I planted my bare root strawberries in July here in Michigan 3 years ago. Picked off all the flowers, and had a smashing harvest the next year. That's just my experience, but if you're worried about the heat, toss some straw on them.
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