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'Fragaria' Ozark Beauty Everbearing Strawberry General Care Info

General Care Instructions:

 

Spring: As the Ozark Beauty 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 formulated for strawberries to provide essential nutrients for the growing season. Mulch around the base of the plants to retain moisture, suppress weed growth, and keep the fruit clean.

 

Summer: Throughout the summer months, continue to water the Ozark Beauty Strawberry plants regularly to keep the soil evenly moist. Mulch helps retain moisture and keeps the fruit off the ground. Monitor for signs of pests such as slugs, snails, or spider mites, and take appropriate measures to manage infestations. Remove any runners that appear to encourage more energy into fruit production.

 

Fall: As fall approaches, gradually reduce watering to allow the Ozark Beauty 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 Ozark Beauty 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: Ozark Beauty Strawberry plants produce large, juicy berries with a sweet flavor, making them a favorite for fresh eating, jams, and desserts. With proper care tailored to their specific needs, Ozark Beauty Strawberry plants can provide a bountiful harvest and delicious fruit for many years.