University of Maryland Extension


Strawberry Planting and 

ripening strawberries

Strawberries are the ideal fruit crop for growers with very limited space. The plants are low-growing perennials that can be grown successfully in rows, beds or even pots, and make an attractive groundcover when not fruiting.

The strawberry plant is composed of leaves, a crown (compressed, modified stem), and a root system. In heavy clay soils, 90% of the roots may be located in the top 6 inches of soil. This shallow root system is largely responsible for the plant’s sensitivity to water deficit or excess.
Runners (or stolons) are the strawberry plant’s device for asexual propagation. They arise from buds at the base of leaves in the crown. As the runners grow away from the original “mother” plant, their nodes root and, where they touch the soil, produce “daughter” plants.

Small Fruit Variety Selection Chart - (PDF) HG 68 Getting Started with Small Fruits

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