All my other raised beds I cleared out for the winter, but the strawberries seem to survive each winter so they needed to be transplanted if I moved my garden beds. These beds were riddled with weeds because of the way the beds were positioned (next to my neighbor’s yard- the neighbor who doesn’t mow his lawn) so I needed to do some serious work.
These strawberry plants have really grown like crazy too so I was interested to see how many plants I had under all of those weeds. I was hoping to expand from one bed of strawberries to two- and I was able to do it easily. I think I started with only six small strawberry plants two years ago. Now I had about 15 larger plants to transplant.
Because it’s winter and I was concerned transplanting them would make them more vulnerable, I wanted to put something down to keep them warmer. I looked up options for mulching strawberries and my options appeared to be newspaper or straw. I mulched my potatoes with straw this year and weeds ran rampant so I decided on newspaper. All I had, however, was a ton of this packaging material leftover from Christmas and it was PERFECT. No print or color, and it should definitely break down nicely in soil over time. Happy me!
I made sure to spread the brown packing paper throughout garden bed, splitting the pieces down the middle because otherwise they were too wide. I left the area around the plant roots free because I was reading they could get rot if you don’t.
Tips for Transplanting Strawberries Successfully
- Use good quality soil. We mix in compost and buy soil in big bags for our gardens.
- Younger strawberry plants are more likely to be be transplanted successfully.
- Plant in full sunlight in soil that gets good drainage.
- Keep the area weeded. Make sure to weed around the strawberry plants when you’re relocating them. Weeds will compete with plants for important nutrients (and water) in the soil which is why weeding is important for the success of a garden.
- Strawberries prefer slightly acidic soil.
- After planting, keep the soil moist, but not soggy.
- Mulch plants heavily before the weather gets cold.
- When you plant, make sure that the soil covers the holes, but not the crown.
- Trim roots to 4″ and soak for 15-20 minutes before planting.
- Pack soil tight around the roots.
- Ideally you want to transplant strawberries after the danger of frost has passed. In Maryland, we have abnormally warm periods in the winter occasionally so I think this is why my strawberries survived.