Strawberries - Home Garden (Code #110)
Soil Test RatingPotassium

Low K

Coast: 0-70 lbs/A

Pied: 0-120 lbs/A

Medium K

Coast: 71-170 lbs/A

Pied: 121-250 lbs/A

High K

Coast: 171-275 lbs/A

Pied: 251-400 lbs/A

Very High K

Coast: 275+ lbs/A

Pied: 400+ lbs/A

PhosphorusSee Comments

Low P

Coast: 0-30 lbs/A

Pied: 0-20 lbs/A


Medium P

Coast: 31-60 lbs/A

Pied: 21-40 lbs/A


High P

Coast: 61-100 lbs/A

Pied: 41-75 lbs/A


Very High P

Coast: 100+ lbs/A

Pied: 75+ lbs/A


Coast = Coastal Plain    Pied = Piedmont, Mountain, and Limestone Valley


Recommended pH:6.0 to 6.5. If the pH is less than 6.0, see Lime Table B and the soil depth adjustment table that immediately follows the lime tables.

If soil test Mg level is low and lime is recommended, use dolomitic limestone.

Coastal PlainLow: 0 - 60 lbs/acre Medium: 61 - 120 lbs/acre High: >120 lbs/acre
Piedmont Low: 0 - 120 lbs/acre Medium: 121 - 240 lbs/acre High: >240 lbs/acre



Once a berry planting is established (1 year old for fall planted and 6 to 8 months old for spring planted areas), fertilizer needs are the same. However, in the early stages of growth the following procedures are suggested.

For Annual Hill Culture Fall Plantings:

Two weeks before setting plants, incorporate 1 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet. When growth begins in the spring, broadcast 1/2 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet; at peak bloom, apply 1.0 pound of 10-10-10 or equivalent per 100 square feet.

For Spring Plantings (matted row system):

First Year:

After the cover crop has been turned under, broadcast and incorporate 2 pounds of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet about a week before planting.

Fertilize again in mid-June and late September by broadcasting 1.0 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet. Always apply fertilizer to the plants when the foliage is dry, and sweep the plants with a broom or leaf rake immediately following application.

Second and Succeeding Years:

After renovating, broadcast 1¾ pounds of 10-10-10 fertilizer per 100 square feet, and water it in. Fertilizer should be applied two more times during summer and fall. This should be done in mid-July and again in mid to late September by broadcasting 1.0 pound of 10-10-10 per 100 square feet.

Just prior to the beginning of growth in late winter, apply 1/2 pound of 10-10-10 or equivalent per 100 square feet.

Continue this schedule for the life of the planting.

Note: A pint of 10-10-10 fertilizer weighs approximately 1 pound; 3/4 pint of limestone weighs approximately 1 pound.