When to plant strawberries?

Asked October 14, 2013, 2:32 PM EDT

I want to plant a new bed of strawberries. Is this a good time of year (in the Willamette valley), or should I wait until spring? Thank you!

Benton County Oregon fruits and vegetables horticulture

1 Response

Hello and thank you for your question. There are several types of strawberry plants that you can choose to grow in Oregon; June bearers, day neutral, and everbearing. June bearers produce one crop a year, day neutral berries produce continuously until the first frost, and everbearers produce two crops a year. You must decide which you want and then the variety to plant. The following websites from OSU are two publications about how to select a variety and how to grow strawberries in Oregon. They both provide great information to help you decide when and what to plant. I would personally recommend that you taste varieties to determine which you prefer to eat. http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/37359/ec1307.pdf http://ir.library.oregonstate.edu/xmlui/bitstream/handle/1957/19847/ec1618-e.pdf The best time to plant strawberries is in the early spring as soon as you can work the soil. You need to know that June bearing strawberries produce only a light crop the first year. My personal experience with day neutral berries is that they provide a great crop the first year. I keep beds of both. The June bearers ensure a large crop for preserving and freezing and the day neutrals for eating all summer. Now is a great time to prepare the location for planting in the Spring.