As winter approaches, many gardeners worry about their strawberry plants and seedlings surviving the cold weather. The key question is: do they hibernate effectively?

It’s important to understand that strawberries can withstand temperatures between 15 to 17 degrees Fahrenheit without snow cover. However, if the mercury drops lower than this, the strawberry roots may freeze.

To safeguard your plants, experienced gardeners always recommend covering strawberries with peat, humus, sawdust, or even Christmas tree branches before winter sets in.

If you don’t expect extremely cold temperatures, this natural mulch layer can greatly benefit your strawberry plants. Alternatively, you can opt for agricultural fiber as a special covering material, though this may involve additional expense.

By taking these steps, you can ensure that your strawberries have the best chance of surviving frosty conditions and thriving come springtime.