How to Transplant Strawberry Plant

More than half of my 30 strawberry plants died from transplanting woes than from Singapore tropical weather.

This is an experience earned the hardest way! And the reason why this blog is set up, to share our knowledge.

Summer and Shona showed how to move 2 weeks old seedling to bigger pot 🙂


Young Seedlings ( 1 – 3 months old) –  Mind the roots !

How to move 3 months strawberry seedlings

Loosen soil with toothpick or small fork to separate soil from plants for easy removal.

How to transplant young strawberry plants

Close Up look at young strawberry roots

How to transplant young strawberry plant

Clear debris from old pots around the roots before transplanting to the new pot.

How to transplant  4th months and older strawberry plants  – Mind the CROWN!!!!

Matured plants including flowering and fruiting plants.

This is the crown:

Transplanting strawberry plants

Do not tug or pull the crown when moving mature strawberry plants to bigger pots

To remove the plant from the older pot, its okay to cut some of the roots if they are stuck to the pot. But do not jarred the crown. This is the CPU of the matured strawberry plants!

How to transplant mature strawberry plants

When roots get stuck to pots, I do cut some of their roots to release strawberry plants , instead of pulling the crown!

How to remove remove strawberry plants from plastic bottles ? 🙂

How to transplant mature strawberry plants

For plants in vertical plastic bottle: cut plastic away from the crown area to release the plants!

How to transplant mature strawberry plants

Cut away plastic to release the crown. Do NOT tag or pull the crown to release from bottle!

Transplanting strawberry plants

Release bottle from plants first then loosen the soil before moving the plants. Some of the roots may be stuck to the sides of the pot

Transplanting strawberry plants

Loosen the soil first around the plant. I like to clean the debris from old pot before replanting, but thats up to the individual gardener rather than a “must do” ! 🙂

If the roots are stuck to the container or are too tangled up with other plant’s roots, its okay to cut it loose.

What do Transplant Stressed (Shocked) strawberry plants looked like? 🙂

No matter how careful we were with the roots and crown, sometimes the plants will still be stressed during the transplant process. They looked like this in their new pot :

How to transplant strawberry plants

July 2015 – Strawberry plants in transplant shock state 🙂

Don’t be discouraged! Give it sun and water as normal , wait patiently. There is no need to add fertilizer.

Transplanting mature strawberry plants

Transplanted strawberry plants can recover! It may takes 2 – 8 weeks to see it well again.

Stressed strawberry plants can recover

Mid August 2015 – The plant slowly recovered.

TIPS on transplanting strawberry plants  – Best to move plants to permanent pot by third month when the crown is not yet developed.


Summary :

Young seedlings – Mind the roots when transplanting. Loosen roots before repotting in new pot.

Matured Plant – Mind the crown. Roots can be cut to separate plant from pot.







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