Guide on How to Transplant Strawberries
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How to Transplant Strawberries

This easy step by step guide with pictures shows how to transplant strawberries in the home garden. Transplanting strawberries is a great way to ensure the longevity of your patch and increase yields.

In the late summer through to fall (autumn) strawberry plants will put out runners creating new plants. After the second year it is a good idea to remove the plants and start fresh as the plants may crowd each other reducing yields.

Transplanting Strawberries

It is important to reduce plant shock when transplanting strawberries by placing the plants in water after lifting the plants from the ground. A wheelbarrow is perfect for this or if you only have a few plants a bucket will do.

When is the best time of year to transplant strawberries?

The best time to transplant strawberries is during the winter months when the plants are dormant. In warmer climates the strawberries will not loose their leaves however winter is still the best time to transplant.

How far apart should you plant strawberries?

Plant strawberries a hands width apart which is approximately 8 inches (20 cm).

Tools and Materials Needed

  • Shovel
  • Trowel
  • Wheelbarrow or Bucket – This 4 wheel Dump Cart from Gorilla Carts makes hauling and unloading heavy items around the garden easy. (Paid link)
  • Aged Manure or Compost
  • Liquid Fertilizer – Organic Fish and Seaweed Fertilizer is a great natural option for strawberries and will improve the soil health. (Paid link)
  • Mulch


How to transplant strawberries in the home garden.

  1. Water the Strawberry Patch

    Water your strawberry patch well the day before transplanting.
    The strawberry patch before transplanting which is watered well.

  2. Lift the Plants

    Fill the wheelbarrow with at least 2 inches deep of water. Insert a shovel or trowel straight into the ground beside the strawberry plants then gently lift.
    Lifting the strawberry plants from the ground with a shovel.

  3. Prevent Plant Shock

    Separate the plants then place in the wheelbarrow with the roots submerged. This will help to prevent shock.
    Strawberry plants in a wheelbarrow with water to reduce shock.

  4. Prepare the Soil

    Once all the plants have been removed from your patch add aged manure or compost to the soil then dig in well. Create raised rows approximately 2 hand widths or 16 inches (40 cm) apart.
    Preparing the soil and creating rows for transplanting the new strawberry plants.

  5. Plant the Healthiest Strawberry Plants

    Choose the healthiest plants then remove any dead leaves. Make a deep hole in the row then plant the new strawberry plant being careful to keep the crown above soil level. Each plant will need to be planted a hand width apart in the row.
    Planting the strawberry plant in a row.

  6. Mulch

    Mulch around the strawberry plants then water in well.
    Straw mulch placed around the strawberry plants.

  7. Fertilize

    Apply liquid fertilizer every two weeks during the growing season from early spring through to the fall.
    Fertilized strawberry patch two months after transplanting.

  8. Protect the Plants

    Protect from slugs by using snail bait and cover the patch with wire mesh if birds like to eat your strawberries.
    Protecting strawberry plants from birds with wire mesh.


Strawberries grow well in pots. Plant a few in a large pot for an inexpensive present your friends and family will love.

For more information on strawberries see this guide to Growing Strawberries at Home. You might also like these guides to growing Raspberries or Boysenberries.

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