How to Care for Your Picnic Day Strawberry Plant

Strawberries in field

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Plant Features:

+ Picnic Day Strawberries is tolerant to strawberry viruses encountered in California.
+ Picnic Day Strawberries will produce vegetative shoots called “runners,” which will stretch away from the mother plant and, in the right conditions, root and produce a clone plant.

Planting Tips:

+ Plant in full sun; 6-8 hours per day.
+ Plant multiple strawberries 12” apart.
+ Avoid “J-rooting” the plant - dig a deep enough hole that the roots remain straight during planting.  
+ Plants prefer good drainage, whether in pots or in the ground.

Plant Maintenance:

+ Leave bare ground around plant if you want to let runners root. Runners can be dug up and planted elsewhere once they have developed their own roots.
+ Water plants at the base, avoid wetting the crown and canopy. Water on the crown, leaves, flowers, and fruits increase the chance of disease developing on those specific organs. A constantly drenched plant is also likely to collapse.

Flowers and Fruit:

+ Pinch off flowers until there are more than 5-6 leaves; otherwise, fruit that develops may be small.
+ Pollination is usually not an issue with modern varieties, but fruit set and uniformity might be improved by rustling the canopy with your hand back and forth vigorously once the plant has flowers.
+ Cut off old, browning leaves or aborted flowers with clean scissors. Clean scissors with Lysol before clipping each plant to reduce spread of disease between plants.