Is it better to plant bare-root strawberries or wait to buy them in pots?
Choose bare-root or potted; either way, you'll reap the benefit of strawberries, a quick-to-bear fruit you can harvest the same season you plant them. Bare-root strawberries are available at garden centers or through mail-order catalogs in late winter and early spring. They're usually sold in bundles of 10 or 25 and are often less expensive than potted plants. Plant the roots as soon as the ground is workable in spring, taking care not to bury the crown, the area where the top of the plant meets the roots.
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