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'Fragaria' Fort Laramie Everbearing Strawberry General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

Spring: As the Fort Laramie Strawberry plants emerge in spring, ensure they are planted in well-draining soil with adequate moisture. Water deeply, especially during dry spells, to promote healthy growth and prevent the soil from drying out. Apply a balanced fertilizer with an NPK ratio of 10-10-10, or similar, to provide essential nutrients for the growing season. Look for natural fertilizers like composted manure or fish emulsion, which can provide a well-rounded nutrient boost for the plants.
Summer: Throughout the summer months, continue to water the Fort Laramie Strawberry plants regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and keep the fruit clean. Monitor for signs of pests such as aphids, slugs, or spider mites, and take appropriate measures to manage infestations.
Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering to allow the Fort Laramie Strawberry plants to naturally enter dormancy. Cease fertilization in late summer to avoid stimulating new growth that may be susceptible to frost damage. Remove any dead or yellowing foliage to maintain the plant's appearance and prevent the spread of diseases. Consider covering the plants with straw or row covers to protect them from frost.
Winter: In winter, provide additional protection for the Fort Laramie Strawberry plants by covering them with a thick layer of straw or mulch to insulate the crowns and protect them from freezing temperatures. Avoid heavy pruning or disturbing the plants during dormancy. Monitor for signs of frost heave, and gently press any displaced plants back into the soil to prevent damage.
Fun Fact: Fort Laramie Strawberry plants produce large, juicy berries with a sweet flavor and are known for their excellent disease resistance. With proper care tailored to their specific needs, Fort Laramie Strawberry plants can provide a bountiful harvest and delicious fruit for many years.