Thoughts of sweet juicy homegrown berries is what inspires just about everyone to try growing their own strawberries. Yes, strawberries can be grown successfully in the low desert.
The first strawberries we planted in our raised garden bed didn’t make it very long. Timing is really important and I know that I planted our first try at strawberries much too late in the season.
When to Plant
Bare root strawberries should be put in the ground in November in Phoenix. You can usually find strawberry plants at local nurseries November – March.
Our second attempt at growing strawberries we planted five Everbearing strawberry plants in February. They flowered in the month of February. By March several of the plants have tiny green berries and one of the berries is just starting to turn red.
We have successfully grown strawberries for four years now. The key to successfully growing strawberries is timing and providing shade in the summer months. We use straw as a mulch.
Our first strawberry was fully ripe and ready to eat by mid March. We had a handful of sweet ripe strawberries to eat by April.