After hemming and hawing, I finally decided to plunk down $6 + tax and purchase 20 Albion strawberry plants from Walmart. These are not the typical green-leaved, already blooming plants that you find for $2-$3 each in individual pots, but rather what look like bags of peat moss with a picture of strawberries on the front.
When I opened my first bag, I wasn’t sure what to think. Where in the heck were the plants? I could feel nothing but a big mass in the dirt, and after plucking at it, finally figured out that it was the bundle of strawberry roots held together by a rubber band.
After watching this video on Youtube on how to plant the roots, I quickly put the roots in water to soak for 15 minutes, and then snipped off the bottom 1/2 inch or so of roots before planting them in the soil.
The ones in the first bag already had some leaves on them, while the second bag really looked like some sort of mini-tree nightmare with no sign of life at all.
I have 12 plants in the 10-foot long flower planter on our front porch, spaced among the tulips, and put the other 8 in a terra-cotta strawberry pot the previous owners left behind. I’ll post pictures as they start to grow and let you know how they’re producing.