NC State Extension

Preliminary Considerations

Regional Adaptation and Yields
In addition to management practices, yields are affected by climate, plant spacing and variety. These factors may be interrelated base on planting date, harvest practice and flavor preference. Learn more about the yield expectations in each region of North Carolina.

Site
Attention to specific site selection factors, such as windbreaks, crop rotation, row orientation and wildlife, will improve the likelihood of crop success.

Soil
Soil structure varies across North Carolina. Some soils are sandy while others are clayey. Soil characteristics can affect bed shaping and moisture management. Soils that are not ideally suited for strawberry production may be amended and improved.

Equipment
Specialized equipment for strawberry production is needed for field preparation and irrigation. Equipment will be a significant investment for new growers and some costs are recurring.

Plant Material
Strawberry plants are available as plugs, fresh dugs and cutoffs. While there are significant cost differences between the plant types, regional climates, which largely determine planting date, may ultimately dictate the type of plant a producer chooses.

Nursery Plant Health
North Carolina continues to closely monitor for anthracnose in strawberry plants. Two difference species of anthracnose can cause crown rot and fruit rot.

Varieties
There are only three strawberry varieties commercially grown in North Carolina; however each fills a unique niche in the market. Learn more about Sweet Charlie, Chandler and Camarosa.