Welcome back to another fun and exciting day here at the Homestead,
We started our future grower program this season to help teach kids how to garden and grow their own food and plants. So what did we do this week?
Well this week we planted strawberries two ways both from bare root and from live plants.
Starting strawberries from bare roots may sound scary, but it’s actually equally as easy and more cost effective as you can get 10 bare roots for the cost of one live plant. You can pick up bare roots at many stores including Walmart, I’ve also found them at Ocean State Job Lot.
To start off your bare root strawberries you going to want to rehydrate them. Rehydrating your bare roots will take about 30 minutes to an hour, and is best done in warm water.
Rehydrating your bare roots will break them of their dormant cycle and get them ready to start growing.
Now some important vocabulary to remember is root and crown. Once you’ve soaked your roots you want to carefully separate them. Soaking them makes this a bit easier as well. Once soaked you will want to put them either directly into the ground where you want them, or you may choose to start them indoors 4-6 weeks prior to your last frost.
You will want to dig down and put the roots beneath the soil while leaving the crown exposed. A great diagram can be found here.
Give the plant some water, cover and give a heat and light source.
Teaching the children how to do strawberries from live plants also starts teaching them about transplanting.
When transplanting any type of plant you risk transplant shock. For this project we used Bonnie brand live plants, they’re planted in peat cups and so this method does help prevent transplant shock.
Soak your peat pots moderately. You want to tear of the bottom of the peat pot allowing room for root growth. The pot itself will biodegrade. Dig a hole about 4 inches deep, place your pot inside of the hole. Cover with soil. Give another good amount of water. If temperatures are safely above freezing and frost you can do this outside. If not you can do this in a container and keep them under a grow light or in a greenhouse.
Please check out Future Growers series on YouTube.