Monday, March 2, 2009

Building a Strawberry Tower - Planting the Strawberry Plants

I put the bare root Albion Strawberry Plants in water for a while to rehydrate them prior to planting.

After sitting in water the roots of the Albion Strawberry plant turned from dull gray to brown.

To plant the Strawberry plant, I created a hole in the pocket on a diagonal line toward the center of the bucket.

The roots of the Strawberry plant are 6 to 8 inches long, so the hole was long but shallow. The roots of the plant want to be within a few inches or so of the topsoil.

I slid the Strawberry plant into the hole, being careful to not bend the roots too much.

I then covered the hole with Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix.

The most important thing when planting Strawberry Plant is where to put the soil line. The soil must cover all of the roots, otherwise they will dry out. Yet, the crown must be exposed so that it does not rot.

After the first watering, the potting mix settled lower in the pocket, so I had to add additional Miracle Gro Moisture Control Potting Mix to make sure all of the roots were covered.

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