Light requirements: 8+ hours is recommended for all Junebearing varieties.
Storage of plants: Strawberry plants should be watered and planted immediately. If you are not able to do so, keep the roots damp (wrap them in plastic) and store in a cool place. Soil requirements: Soil pH should be between 6.0 and 6.8. Soil should be well-drained, nutrient-rich soil. If you have heavy clay or overly sandy soil you can amend this with compost or other organic matter prior to planting. Create raised beds or use planters if soil is heavy or drains poorly. Planting: Space the plants 12 to 18” apart in the row. The distance in the row does not matter
(you can use square-foot gardening, traditional 36” tractor row, or plant them in planters on the deck). When planting, do not bury the crown of the plant. The center ball of the crown should be even with the ground (see above pic), and the roots buried loosely spread beneath it.
Care: Keep the patch weeded and/or mulched. You should pinch off the first set of blooms, to prevent berries. This will allow the plant to begin bigger and more established prior to fruiting. Water requirements: Soil should be kept consistently moist throughout the growing season. This is key to plump, fully-formed berries. Mulch the soil (with plastic, leaves, bark, etc) to reduce water evaporation. Frost: Strawberry plants can be sensitive to frost and freezing. Temperatures of less than 28º F can damage flowers. To protect the plants while they are becoming established, cover the bed with a 2 - 3” of mulch—straw, pine straw, or other loose organic material. Storage of Fruit: You can refrigerate unwashed berries for up to 7 days.