Best Ways to Winterize Strawberry Plants for Cold Weather Survival

Strawberry Plant

Strawberry Plant

If you want to have a good crop of strawberries for next season from your strawberry plants then you must know how to winterize them properly.

Strawberry plants grown in the regions where temperature can go down up to 15-20 degrees F in winter have to be protected from cold environments.

Failure to do so can result in failed crops for the following season or just a poor quality crop that is low in nutrients and flavour.

Take a look below and read our recommendations about winter care for your strawberries.

How to Winterize Strawberry Plants Grown in Beds

You can ensure the safety of your strawberry plants grown in colder zones by following the winterizing tips provided here.

  • Create space between plants: There must be enough space between the plants of strawberries for their best growth. So to grow the produce of the strawberry plants vigorously you should try to plant its plants at the rate of 5 plants in one square foot. In the fall you should choose the plants to be removed or moved indoors by examining the beds of the strawberry plantation. You should check the plants from their center or near the crown for this purpose.
  • Remove and transplant the plants: You should remove the plants that have a rotten crown, poorly developed crown or the growth of crown is poor. You can create new beds or modify the existing beds to transplant the healthy plants of strawberry. If you have densely grown healthy strawberry pants then you can give some of them to others so that you can create more space for the growth of the remaining plants. When you see scarlet berries and white blooms on strawberry plants then it is the indication that winter has arrived from them.
  • Pre-dormancy watering: The quantity of produce in the next year can be determined in the plants and trees of various fruits like strawberries on the basis of the fall weather this year. You can produce a rigorous amount of fruit if the rainfall during the fall is in abundance. But if the rainfall during the fall season is below expectations then you can fulfil the deficiency by watering the plantation. For this reason, gardeners in the northern US start watering strawberry plants during their dormancy period.
  • Mulch to protect from the weather: Mulching is necessary for winterization of strawberry plants in zones 7 and above. After the first frost of the significant amount or when the temperature is below 20 degrees F, a 2-3 inch thick layer of mulch of salt marsh hay, wood chips, pine needles or straw should be applied over the beds. It will help in protecting the new crowns and the growth of strawberry plants during the unusually prolonged spells of cold. You should avoid using hay or manure for this purpose as hay can increase the growth of weeds in the spring season and manure can burn the plants.

But before mulching the strawberry beds you should ensure that the ground receives a heavy frost. It will freeze the ground which will help in sustaining the plants more effectively. The plants will rot if they are covered before the first heavy frost. But before snow, ice, or deep freeze you should cover up the strawberry plants effectively.

Winterizing Strawberry Plants Grown in Pots

The winterization of the strawberry plants grown in pots depends upon the zone you have planted them. The plants grown in pots may need the least amount of preparation to winterize them.

If you live in the zones from 2 to 7 then the temperature in the winter season will be harsh and you will have to winterize your plants but if you live in zone 8 and above then you need not focus more on winterizing them.

  • Transfer the pots: The strawberry plants grown in pots in zone 2-7 can be winterized by transferring the pots into a cool cellar or garage. You can also remove the plants from the earthen pots to plant them in the pots made of plastic and plastic pots should be planted into the ground up to the level of their top rim.
  • Cover the plants: After transferring the pots you should cover the plants with a layer of loose straws

However if you line in the zones with temperate climates, where the freezing temperature does not continue for a long time, then you can put your pots on a covered porch or under the deck to protect the plants from precipitation during the winter season.

You can simply remove unwanted growth of plants from the pots to allow the main plant to grow healthier in the winter season if you live in the plantation zones with the warmest weather conditions.

However if you line in the zones with temperate climates, where the freezing temperature does not continue for a long time, then you can put your pots on a covered porch or under the deck to protect the plants from precipitation during the winter season.

You can simply remove unwanted growth of plants from the pots to allow the main plant to grow healthier in the winter season if you live in the plantation zones with the warmest weather conditions.

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