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Watering Strawberry Plants

Unless you’re in an area where irrigation is usually needed for normal plant growth, you probably won’t need to water after the first growing year. Until then, follow these guidelines to get your new strawberries off to a great start.

NOTE: This is part 10 in a series of 11 articles. For a complete background on how to grow strawberry plants, we recommend starting from the beginning.

General Guidelines

  • If summer brings about one to one and a half inches of rainfall every week or so, you won’t need to use the hose. But if it gets really dry, you can give your new plant a good, thorough soaking. The best way to do this is to let your garden hose trickle slowly. This gives the water a chance to soak in instead of running off. You can also use a soaker hose to water several plants at once.
  • It’s important to note that even if you’re in the midst of a brown-lawn drought, you don’t want to water too much. Once every week is plenty. Worse than dry, thirsty roots is waterlogged, drowning roots.
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