uncovering strawberries?

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  1. DW

    DW plains of Colorado Supporter

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    We're zone 5 but it is a COLD zone 5 in Colorado. It is still freezing at night. We're thinking middle of Apr. Any suggestions? Our big load of strawberries are usually ripe for 4th of July.
     
  2. angus_guy

    angus_guy Well-Known Member

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    This may be the wrong place but..........what do you fertilize strawberries with ie (15-15-15) or some other ideas????
     

  3. DW

    DW plains of Colorado Supporter

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    Ours are in a raised bed 20' x 4'...fertilize with a small amt of organic compost.
     
  4. uncle Will in In.

    uncle Will in In. Well-Known Member Supporter

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    The freezing nights won't hurt the plants but if they set on buds to bloom it can freeze them and eliminate the potential berry the was forming there. The cover over the plants keeps the ground colder, and slows down the plants from blooming too early. However you also don't want to smother out the plants with the cover. We rake off enough that the plants can come up through the winter cover. That will also help control weeds in the strawberries.
     
  5. Mutti

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    Read somewhere that the earliest biggest blossoms will be the best berries. We covered our bed with Remay as U of MO did experiments and showed up to 45-50% more berries than with straw. Ours are greening up nicely but gonna wait until April 15th or so to uncover. DEE