University of Maryland Extension

Strawberry Care

strawberries on plant

Mulch and Irrigation 

Fertilizing Strawberries 

Harvest and Storage

Strawberries should be left on the plant 1 to 2 days after fully red. Berries picked when not fully red will redden eventually but not sweeten. Pick early in the day when berries are cool by twisting stem and fruit from the vine. Wash before eating, not before storage. Process as soon as possible to preserve nutrients and flavor. They can be refrigerated for 3 to 5 days. One cup of strawberries contains 140% of the minimum daily requirement for vitamin C.

Spray Schedule

General Disease and Insect Pest Control Recommendations

Home Fruit Preventative Spray Schedule and Management of Common Problems

Most disease and insect pests of strawberries can be well managed using resistant cultivars and good sanitation practices.



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