How can I share my strawberry plants?

Hi Master Gardener, Let me start off by saying how much I love the plants I received from Garden Harvest Supply and how impressed I was with the quality and care with which they were sent. But my question is about my strawberry plants, which arrived yesterday. 1 Ovation and 1 Earlyglow. Turns out 50 little plants is a whole lot and I want to share with some friends. For how long can they stay in the plastic bags until planting? And do they need to be wet, damp or stay dry-ish, as they were when they arrived. Thanks for your expert advice. Best regards, Peggy.

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    May 19, 2008 at 3:31 am

    Bare-rooted perennials should be planted as soon as possible. If you delay planting them, you can store plants in a cool (35-50 F), dark place for up to a couple of days. Keep the plants inside their packaging, and the packing material should be kept moist. If they’ll be stored more than a couple of days, heel them into a temporary bed by digging a trench and laying the plants on their sides with the roots in the trench. Loosely cover the roots with soil and water thoroughly. Good luck, and enjoy your berries!

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