Be sure to plant at the proper depth.

Proper planting

Don’t plant in areas where the following have been growing: eggplant, peppers, potatoes, tomatoes or strawberries, because they are susceptible to verticillium wilt disease.

Hargrove recommends giving the plants plenty of room to spread out. Space each plant 12-18 inches apart if planted in the ground.

Planting at the correct depth is critical. Set plants so the roots are buried but the crowns (the area between the leaves and the roots) are at the same depth as they were growing in the pot.

Firm the soil around the plants and water thoroughly.

If you use pots or barrels, be sure to water once or twice a day, depending on the season. Strawberries don’t like it when their roots dry out, Hargrove says.