Strawberries

13580478_1246431075401269_3681591110058564436_oInstructions:

  • Transplant
  • Autumn (mid-October), or Early spring
  • If planted in autumn, overwinter with low tunnel in field
  • 18 inches between plants, 2 rows per bed

Insect Pests:

  • Aphids
  • Armyworm
  • Japanese Beetle
  • Loopers
  • Slugs
  • Strawberry spider mite
  • Thrips
  • Weevils

Diseases:

  • Angular leaf spot
  • Botrytis rot (gray mold)
  • Leaf scorch
  • Leaf spot
  • Phomopsis leaf blight
  • Powdery mildew
  • Red stele

Harvest:

  • June-bearing:
    • These plants produce all of their fruit during a 2-3 week period in the spring season.
    • Ready to harvest 4-6 weeks after blossoming.
    • Only harvest ripe berries.
    • Ideally, harvest in morning when the berries are still cool.
    • Cut by the stem, don’t just pick them.
    • Harvest every 3 days for as long as the plant is producing.
  • Day-Neutral:
    • These plants produce a steady amount of fruit all summer long, into autumn until frost puts them into dormancy.
    • It’s recommended to remove buds for the first 6 weeks that they appear.
    • After that initial 6 weeks, they can be consistently harvested for as long as they are producing.
    • Only harvest ripe berries.
    • Ideally, harvest in morning when the berries are still cool.
    • Cut by the stem, don’t just pick them.

Post-Harvest:

  • Do NOT wash until they are ready to be used by the consumer.
  • Cool them as soon as possible after being picked.
    • Optimal temperature: 32-36 degrees Fahrenheit.
    • Optimal RH: 90-95%
    • Will stay fresh for 3-10 days in optimal conditions.
    • If frozen, can last ~2 months.
  • May last longer if stored in covered containers (which will help retain RH)

 

Year Variety Date Planted Date Harvested Days to Harvest Yield (lbs/sq. ft)
   
   

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