Growing Everbear Strawberries - Enjoy Fresh Berries All Summer Long!
Everbear Strawberries are a variety of everbearing strawberries that have been gaining in popularity due to their ability to produce large, sweet berries throughout the season. The plants can be grown in pots or patches and require minimal care. Watering every three days is usually enough to keep them healthy and happy.
I recently tried my hand at growing Everbear Strawberries for the first time and I must say that I am very pleased with the results. I planted four 10” pots on my deck, each containing three plants, and they have been producing an abundance of delicious berries all season long. Additionally, I rooted many runners from the original plants and planted them in a patch in my yard. It has been so nice being able to pick fresh strawberries right off the deck!
As winter approaches, I am wondering how best to overwinter my potted strawberry plants. Should I bring them inside into a garage where it never freezes, or should I plant them outside in the ground and then re-pot them in the spring? My goal is to ensure that I have plenty of healthy plants for next year's harvest both on the deck and in the patch.
When researching this topic, I came across some helpful information about overwintering containerized strawberries. It seems that it is not recommended to try to keep them actively growing during the cold months as this will shorten their overall lifespan. Instead, it is suggested to leave them outside until temperatures drop low enough to put them into dormancy and then move the containers into a dark corner of an unheated garage until springtime. This way you can still enjoy your crop next year without sacrificing too much of its longevity.
My neighbor also had success with a variety called Seascape which she was kind enough to share with me last summer. She informed me that this type of berry is considered one of the go-to varieties when it comes to everbearing strawberries. As we've had frosty mornings lately, I covered my plants with sheets just to be safe and so far they seem to be doing alright.
All in all, I am really enjoying my experience with Everbear Strawberries thus far and look forward to continuing my journey with these wonderful fruits next year! Here's a picture of my last picking before winter set in - it has been such a fun adventure!
What type of berries did you try for the first time?
I tried everberries for the first time.
How many plants did you put in each pot?
I put 3 plants per pot.
How often do you water the plants?
I water about every 3 days.
What variety of everbearing strawberries did you use?
I used Seascape everberries.
How can I overwinter my potted strawberry plants?
It is not recommended to try to keep them growing as it will shorten their overall lifespan. Move the container into a dark corner of the unheated garage and let them rest until spring.
What other methods can be used to protect the plants from frost?
Covering with sheets is one way to protect the plants from frost.
What other measures can be taken to prevent voles from getting into the strawberries?
Placing traps with peanut butter can help deter voles from getting into the strawberries. Additionally, you can use a mesh cover to protect the plants from voles.
What type of soil should I use for my strawberry plants?
A well-draining soil with a pH between 6 and 7 is ideal for growing strawberries. You can also add organic matter such as compost or manure to help improve the soil structure and fertility.
How often should I fertilize my strawberry plants?
Fertilizing your strawberry plants once every two weeks during the growing season is recommended. Make sure to use a fertilizer that is specifically formulated for strawberries.
What other tips do you have for growing everbearing strawberries?
Planting in raised beds or containers will help keep the roots cool and moist. Additionally, make sure to provide plenty of sunlight and water regularly. Mulching around the plants will help retain moisture and reduce weeds. Finally, prune off any dead or diseased leaves to keep the plant healthy.