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Welcome to the last source you will ever need for information about strawberry plants!  You have likely eaten your fair share of those delightful red berries, and we hope to encourage you to learn as much as you can about the flavorful fruits and the strawberry plants that produce them.  We exist to spread excitement about strawberries and hope that you will benefit from the information contained here.

Whether you want information on growing strawberries, eating strawberries, scientific information on the actual strawberry plants or strawberry varieties, or even information about where you can purchase strawberry plants or strawberry seeds, you will find help on Strawberry Plants .org.  This entire site is dedicated exclusively to all things related to the strawberry plant.

Be sure to browse the Reference Pages to the left (or just below this paragraph).  They are a wealth of information on topics related to learning about strawberry plants.  Be sure to come back often as we regularly update this site with new information and details about strawberries and strawberry plants!  And, of course, remember that this site is best read with a bowl of fresh strawberries in hand…

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Chocolate Chip Strawberry Shortcake

chocolate chip strawberry shortcake recipeEveryone who tries this chocolate chip strawberry shortcake recipe will soon discover that it is tremendously difficult to find fault with it.  It is a perfect chameleon.  It satisfies a palate used to enjoying everyone’s spring favorite, strawberry shortcake, while improving it with delightful nuggets of chocolate.  If you have a chocolate lover in your household, venture into new territory, and try this recipe today.  It takes no longer to prepare than a its chocolate-less cousin, but it is oh so yummy!

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are many other dessert recipes! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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Recommended Strawberry Varieties for Canada

Recommended Strawberry Varieties for CanadaStrawberry plants are, in my humble opinion, a truly fascinating marvel of nature.  They are amazingly adaptable; they propagate themselves in a plurality of ways; and they produce a fleshy red, white, yellow, or purple fruit that is universally prized by the intelligent and instinctive creatures that live all around us (including us human folk!).  They have developed and adapted means of surviving sub-zero temperatures, and, consequently, can be grown from the warmer temperate regions of our great planet all the way north or sough to the frigid regions.

But, their adaptability and genetic flexibility has allowed for selective breeding.  Researchers have been able to breed for desired characteristics.  And, while such breeding programs have allowed for improved disease resistance, bigger strawberries, different colors, and more commercially-viable cultivars, the breeding has also culled some of the hardiness from some of the varieties as specificity has narrowed by region.  Today, not just any strawberry variety will do well in just any ol’ location.  The more extreme the weather, the more specific one should be when selecting a specialized variety for planting in order to obtain the best harvest from your efforts.

That, my strawberry-loving friends, is where this post can help!  If you live in the frigid environs of Canada (at least in winter), you need to know how to pick an appropriately hardy strain of strawberry plants so that you end up happy with your final yield of fruit.  If you are from the United States, go here for your state-by-state recommended varieties.  This page is a compilation of each of the recommend strawberry variety lists for each of the Canadian provinces and territories.

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Strawberry Nut Bread Recipe

strawberry nut bread recipeSometimes you may feel like a nut, and sometimes you may not.  If you are in a nutty kind of mood, take a few moments to make this strawberry nut bread recipe.  It may not cure you of all that ails you, but it will surely cure your hankering for some nuts in a most delightful way.  The sweetness of strawberries combined with the satisfying heartiness of nature’s original filler food settles down a growling stomach pronto.  So, when you feel like a nut, get a bit nutty with this recipe.  You’ll be happy you acquiesced to your inner squirrel.

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are even other strawberry bread recipes! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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How to Grow Certified Organic Strawberries

How to Grow Certified Organic StrawberriesAlthough strawberries have been at the pinnacle of the produce pyramid for decades, their popularity continues to grow.  Unless a strawberry allergy forces a saddened consumer away from these bright red edibles, they are usually the first to vanish from fruit trays across the globe.  Strawberries are delicious, there’s no doubt about that, but they have gotten a bad reputation of late.  Conventional growing methods use fumigants, chemicals, and other methods to maximize production and profits.  But, more and more people are becoming disillusioned and distrustful of conventional methods and are increasingly concerned over potential deleterious consequences of consuming the trace amounts of those chemicals when the fruits are consumed.  This trend toward natural and organic produce has opened a door for new growers to eschew chemical-based practices for potentially safer methods of growing strawberries.  The market for organic strawberries is growing, and the interest in growing them is increasing among potential strawberry farmers as well due to the premium price that organic strawberries bring over their conventionally-grown counterparts.

If you are interested in learning how to grow certified organic strawberries, this guide will help you get started.

This post will focus on the requirements a potential grower must meet in order to legally use such terms as “organic,” “100% organic,” or “made with organic ingredients.”  If you desire to sell your organic produce at a farmer’s market or any other public or private venue, you need to know the requirements so that you don’t run into trouble with the law.

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Blue Ribbon Strawberry Apricot Jam

blue ribbon strawberry apricot jam recipeWhether you are entering a competition in your local strawberry festival, shooting for first place in a food preparation contest or convention, or just looking to win first place in the eyes of your family and friends, this is truly a blue ribbon strawberry apricot jam recipe.  The masses will end up clamoring for more of this taste triumph.  So, give the masses what they want and get busy making this tasty treat!

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are even other jam recipes! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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Quick Strawberry Rhubarb Jam

quick strawberry rhubarb jam recipeToast and jam go together like cheese and wine.  Heck, why not make it an event and have toast with jam with wine while you nibble some exquisite cheese?  When most people hear the word “jam,” they immediately think of strawberries.  Strawberry jam is the quintessential preserve.  But, the flavorful contents of sweet redness inside jam jars is augmented superbly by joining another garden-grown plant: rhubarb.  Strawberry rhubarb jam has been heralded by the discerning for hundreds of years, and rightly so.  Therefore, says this sage, soothe your palate with this fantastic quick strawberry rhubarb jam recipe.  You’ll be glad you did after the first sampling.

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are even other jam recipes! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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Strawberry Chocolate Port Cake Recipe

strawberry chocolate port cake recipeAfter the first bite of this completed strawberry chocolate port cake recipe, you and Oliver will both find yourself exclaiming, “Please, sir, I want some more.”  And, without the prohibitions and societal implications prevalent in the day of that classic tale, you’ll be able to have your cake and eat it too!  Thank goodness for progress in civilization.  Come to think of it, thank goodness for the agricultural advancements that bring fresh strawberries to our grocery store shelves on a weekly basis as well!

Ahhh, strawberries and chocolate.  What can surpass that combination of palate-stimulating deliciousness?  Few things, my friend, few things indeed.  So, enough blathering.  Let’s get to the recipe!

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are many other scintillating dessert recipes! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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4 Secrets to Growing Loads of Organic Strawberries

4 secrets to growing loads of organic strawberriesI have been growing and helping others grow organic strawberries for many years.  While the segment of the population that is concerned about how their food is grown is still a minority, more and more people are discovering the benefits of sustainable agriculture.  And, as more and more gardeners test out their green thumbs, gardens all around the world are finding strawberry plants inhabiting space next to herbs and other garden plants.  Going green and growing healthy food go well together; and since virtually everyone loves strawberries, this post will help those who want to eschew the conventional methods (which are somewhat notorious for producing dirty strawberries) for potentially safer ones.  Plus, since no one wants to trade a basket full of bright, plump strawberries for just a hand full, the four secrets I’ll fill you in on momentarily will help you get started on your journey of successfully growing organic strawberries!

First Things First!

Before getting to the secrets, a few preliminaries are in order.  There are some key decisions that have to be made prior to planting strawberry plants.  You need to know which of the main types of strawberries you want to plant…

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Growing Organic Strawberry Plants

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This is an entry in the Strawberry Plants Library here at Strawberry Plants .org. Continue reading for summarized information. The entire resource may be accessed or downloaded by clicking the link at the bottom of this post.

Growing Organic Strawberry Plants: Summary

This excellent document was produced by a very skilled and knowledgeable team from Cornell University. The coordinating editors were Juliet Carroll, Marvin Pritts, and Catherine Heindenreich.  Multiple contributors included: Kerik Cox, Greg Loeb, Michael Helms, Andrew Landers, Paul Curtis, Courtney Weber, and Laura McDermott.  The staff writers were Elizabeth Graeper Thomas and Theodora Bucien, while Mary Kirkwyland and Michelle Marks further edited the 2013 version of this guide.  This production was funded in part by the New York State Department of Agriculture and Markets.  For each of the departments and specialties represented by the contributing team, download the resource via the link at the end of this page.

The following is covered in the publication:

Introduction to Growing Organic Strawberries

1.  There are three main obstacles to successfully cultivating strawberries organically.

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Strawberry Cream Cheese Tart

strawberry cream cheese tart recipeLooking to spice up the menu with a tasty treat?  Fantastic!  This strawberry cream cheese tart recipe will do the trick.  While there isn’t anything tricky about it (it is actually quite simple), the zip that the cream cheese adds to the hallowed flavor and renowned sweetness of the best berry in the world makes for a fine combination.  Savory and simple save the day!

And, of course, don’t forget that this is just one of many extraordinary recipes available for your enjoyment on StrawberryPlants.org. There are a host of different recipes available and many more sweet treats from which you can choose! If you are looking for other culinary uses for your extra strawberries, be sure to see the complete Strawberry Recipes section.

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