When to Plant Strawberries in Kansas

Wondering when to plant strawberries in Kansas? Check out this blog post for everything you need to know about strawberry planting in the Sunflower State!

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General Information

The best time to plant strawberries in Kansas is in the spring, after the last frost. Strawberry plants need about six hours of sunlight per day, so make sure to choose a spot in your garden that gets plenty of sun. You’ll also need to prepare the soil before planting. Add some organic matter, such as compost, to the soil to help the strawberries grow.

What are strawberries?

strawberries are a fruit that belongs to the rose family. They are bright red, have small seeds on the outside, and are usually heart-shaped. The average strawberry has about 200 seeds on it!

When is the best time to plant strawberries in Kansas?

The best time to plant strawberries in Kansas is in late April or early May, after the last frost has passed. You should plant the strawberries in well-drained soil in an area that gets full sun.

The Process

If you want to plant strawberries in Kansas, the first thing you need to do is find a suitable location. The location should be in an area that gets full sun and has well-drained soil. You will also need to prepare the strawberry bed by tilling the soil and adding some organic matter. Once the bed is prepared, you can plant the strawberries.

How to plant strawberries

The best time to plant strawberries in Kansas is in the spring, after the last average frost date.Frost tolerant plants can be planted as early as mid-March, but if you wait until late April or early May, you’ll have a better chance of avoiding damage from a late season frost.

When choosing a planting site, look for an area that receives at least six hours of direct sunlight each day. If you have a choice, select a location that was previously used to grow vegetables or other annual crops. Avoid planting strawberries where annual weeds, such as crabgrass, are prevalent.

What type of soil do strawberries need?

The type of soil strawberries need depends on the variety you choose. Earlier flowering varieties such as Honeoye and Allstar require well-drained, sandy loam soils with a pH between 6.0 and 6.8, while late season varieties such as Surecrop can tolerate heavier soils with a pH between 5.8 and 6.5. Contact your local county extension office for a soil test kit and instructions.

How often should you water strawberries?

Strawberries are a high-maintenance crop when it comes to water. They need approximately 1 inch of water per week, and even more during flowering and fruiting. The best way to water strawberries is with drip irrigation, which delivers water directly to the roots and minimizes foliage diseases that can occur when the leaves stay wet. If you don’t have drip irrigation, water early in the day so the foliage has time to dry before nightfall.

Caring for Your Strawberries

Depending on the variety, strawberry plants should be set out in late February or early to mid-March in Kansas. The plants should be set out as soon as the soil can be worked in the spring. Strawberries are a short-term crop, meaning they will only produce fruit for 2-3 years.

How to thin strawberries

Thinning strawberry plants is an important part of creating a successful crop. By removing some of the berries and vines, you allow the remaining fruit to grow larger and healthier. You also reduce the chances of disease spreading through the patch.

The best time to thin your strawberry plants is in early spring, before the berries start to ripen. To thin, simply remove excess berries and vines so that each plant has about 5-6 berries on it. You can compost the removed strawberries or add them to your breakfast smoothie!

How to fertilize strawberries

When to Fertilize Strawberries
For most strawberry growers, fertilizer is applied in the spring as soon as the soil can be worked. This gives the plants a chance to develop a strong root system before they start putting out runners (or “daughter” plants). A second application of fertilizer is usually made after the strawberries have been harvested.

How to Fertilize Strawberries
The type of fertilizer you use, and how much you use, will depend on your soil type. A soil test will tell you how much fertilizer to apply and what type of fertilizer to use. In general, strawberries do best in a soil with a pH between 5.5 and 6.8.

If your soil is sandy, you will need to fertilize more often because sandy soils do not hold nutrients well. Nitrogen is the nutrient that strawberries need the most, so look for a fertilizer that has a high first number (the nitrogen content). A good rule of thumb is to apply 1 pound of actual nitrogen per 100 feet of row.

How to deal with pests and diseases

As mentioned above, strawberries are susceptible to a number of pests and diseases.Here are some tips on how to deal with them:

Pests
-Aphids: These small, green insects suck the sap from the leaves of strawberry plants, causing them to curl and distortion. You can get rid of aphids by spraying them with water or using an insecticide.

-Thrips: These tiny, black insects feed on the flowers and leaves of strawberry plants, causing them to turn brown and wither. You can get rid of thrips by spraying them with water or using an insecticide.

-Mites: These tiny spider-like creatures feed on the leaves of strawberry plants, causing them to turn yellow and drop off. You can get rid of mites by spraying them with water or using an insecticide.
Diseases
-Anthracnose: This fungal disease causes dark spots on the berries and leaves of strawberry plants. It can also cause the berries to rot. You can control anthracnose by practicing good hygiene (picking up fallen berries, removing infected plants) and using a fungicide.

-Leaf spot: This fungal disease causes small brown spots on the leaves of strawberry plants. It can also cause the leaves to fall off. You can control leaf spot by practicing good hygiene (picking up fallen leaves, removing infected plants) and using a fungicide.

Harvesting Your Strawberries

Strawberries are a refreshing and delicious addition to any meal, and they’re also relatively easy to grow. If you’re planning on planting strawberries in Kansas, you’ll need to know when to plant them. Strawberries need to be planted in the early spring, as soon as the ground can be worked.

When to pick strawberries

The first strawberries of the season are always the tastiest, so you’ll want to be ready to harvest them as soon as they’re ripe. Depending on the variety, strawberries will be ready to pick anywhere from early May to early June. To check if your berries are ripe, gently lift one off the plant with your fingers. If it slides off easily, it’s ready to eat!

If you want to extend your strawberry season, you can try planting different varieties that ripen at different times. Early-season varieties like Allstar and Earliglow will be ready to harvest first, while late-season varieties like Ozark Beauty and Chandler can last until early July.

How to store strawberries

Refrigerate your strawberries as soon as you get home. Unwashed berries will keep fresh longer than washed berries.

Remove any crushed or moldy berries, then rinse gently with cold water right before you plan to eat them or use them in a recipe.

Cut the green tops off strawberries, then slice or quarter the berries, if desired.

Place strawberries in a single layer on a paper towel-lined plate, then cover and refrigerate for up to 2 days.

To freeze strawberries, first wash and remove the green tops. Slice or leave whole, then spread in a single layer on a baking sheet and freeze for about 2 hours. Transfer frozen berries to a freezer bag and store for up to 8 months.

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