I recently purchased a cupid cherry shrub from a local nursery and some bare root strawberries a everbearing variety so far the cupids cherry is just a baby and probably wont bearfruit for at least two years and is potted in my greenhouse where as my bare root strawberrys are looking pretty green and need to be planted soon...from what i read about planting bare root berrys is that they need to go in the ground as soon as possible but these lil babys are looking a little green...i live in a colder climate zone 4b sometimes colder here in ontario i live in a area that allows people to push zones im in a microclimate surrounded by lakes and my end frost date is averaged around may 17th but it looks as though the weather is currently looking up later forecast are suggesting nights above 2 degrees Celsius or above 25 Fahrenheit should i stick those strawberry in the beds and mulch them...also any growing tips for cupids cherry shrub would be sweet hopefully sweeter then the sour cherry haha. ..but seriously lol i love my plants and i want success.
Depending on how you space the plantings, could you create some little frost covers for the plants, or a mini "hoop house" cover for a row of them? Depending on materials available you could use wire, wood, plastic sheet, cloth, etc. Something you can put over the plants around dinner time to keep the cold night air from chilling the plants? It would also keep those pesky deer from walking by at night and munching on the new sprouts.
Mulching could be good if the ground isn't frozen, but if the soil is still really cold the mulch will keep the soil colder longer which will affect the plants. So if you want to be really hands-on, you could mulch but remove it during the sunny days and put it back at night, but that's time intensive...
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